On Friday, 10 November 2017, CMAI held a cocktail function for clients, stakeholders and industry role players.
CMAI is a prestigious architecture, urban design and development planning company very well known for its leadership in the design and creation and of the blue flag and world class Thesen Islands residential and commercial development in Knysna.
In the presence of the Executive Mayor of the Eden District and Councilor, Mark Willemse, who also represented the recuperating Knysna Mayor, we introduced Mr. Geoff Brown, a private equity entrepreneur, as our new partner and Director. He brings to our business strategic vision and planning as well as a renewed energy and appetite for innovative property development and affordable homes and neighborhoods. Executive Mayor Booysen spoke with great enthusiasm about “the Eden District’s commitment to having a solid desire to work closely with the local and regional private sectors”.
We also announced Professor Ora Joubert’s joining of our firm as a senior architect and advisor. Professor Joubert was the head of Pretoria University’s Architecture Department and brings with her a significant amount of academic, practical and commercial expertise and commitment to CMAI’s 2023 Vision:
”To be recognized by our clients, stakeholders and industry as the MOST reliable partner in creating and delivering the best and greatest places to enhance the human experience of living, working and playing … through its consistent focus on Excellence … Presence in Africa … Natural Resource Consciousness … Creative and affordable homes and neighborhoods … And Modern Rural Landscapes”
The night was also a celebration of the history of the 37-year-old history of CMAI, a company founded by the formidable Dr Chris Mulder. A history that included amongst others: participating in the design and building of the iconic SA Reserve Bank, the master plans of the upgrades of the internationally acclaimed Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town and the Union Building in Tshwane.
It was also a toast to the future for our involvement in the design of the new waterfront in the beautiful west coast Paternoster, the creation of a new modern rural town, Crossways, just outside of Port Elizabeth, the lead design in a magnificent office complex in Bloemfontein and the design and project managing of an ambitious African Presidential Library in Johannesburg.
I attendance at the event were politicians, municipal officials, engineers, past, present and future clients, private and investment bankers, engineers, investors, planners and a range of professional and personal well-wishers.
We were proud to showcase a diverse, innovative, committed and accomplished staff who love living and working in Knysna and the Greater Garden Route.
The night was also about expressing our commitment to and support of the ongoing effort to reconstruct Knysna and the larger Eden District after the fire devastation in June earlier this year. We certainly would like to be an ongoing stakeholder in the “Building of A New Normality”