PROFILE

Core Philosophy & Values

ENHANCING THE QUALITY OF LIFE
BALANCING CONTRIBUTIONS
GROWTH, LEARNING & EXPLORING
HARD WORK, OBJECTIVITY & QUALITY
CONTEXTUALITY & IDENTITY

1

CMAI is committed to the environmentally sensitive development of land, property and natural resources.

2

Our aim is to optimize the commercial, socio-economic and environmental value of all projects.

3

We apply a holistic approach supported by the diverse skills of a multi-disciplinary team and multi-agency co-ordination.

4

5

As professionals and as individuals we strive to excel in the development of property through sound environmental planning and design which are consistently delivered through excellence of service.

We value the unique creative contribution of the individual and rewarding personal relationship with our clients.

Professional Services

MASTER PLANNING
URBAN DESIGN
ARCHITECTURE & LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
PROJECT COORDINATION & MANAGEMENT

As specialists in developments along the coastal belt, sustainable community planning and architectural design, our core services include:

  • Identifying the development potential of small & large land holdings, as well as coordinating & securing development & environmental approvals.

  • Integrated Environmental Design and Master Planning.

  • Urban Design, Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

  • Project Coordination, Management and Implementation of the project.

  • Leaders in Urban Agriculture, New Ruralism and New Urbanism.

Ethos & Who we are

Dr Chris Mulder | director
BSc (UP)  |   MLA (UP)  |  D.ED (Doctor of Environmental Design) Texas A&M University USA       
 

Chris was the founder of CMAI in 1980 and has been Charmain and CEO of the firm since its inception.  Chris now leads the planning, design, coordination and implementation of large scale property development projects.  With a focus on the residential component, developments are balanced with associated farming, commercial and recreational nodes serving new communities.  Dr. Mulder has recently been the recipient of the prestigious Outstanding International Alumnus Award by the College of Architecture Texas A&M University.

Steff Mulderdirector
BArch (UP) | PrArch(SA)

Steff has been with CMAI since 1998, and mainly involved with Residential Architecture, Urban Design and Land Planning.  Steff now mainly focuses on the creation of integrated, sustainable urban and rural communities.
He has attended various workshops on the New Urbanist approach to Town- and Urban Planning focusing on the process of creating integrated, sustainable communities, as well as the Glenn Murcutt Masters class in  2004 (an intensive two-week design studio program held in Australia).

Eugene Marais director
BArch (UPE) | PrArch (SA)
SAIA | SACAP 

Eugene worked on a wide variety of projects and specialized in commercial interior architecture before working in Ireland for several years where he was responsible for many major projects including first level education, commercial and sports facility projects.  He was project architect and involved in the master planning on a major hotel, spa, golf course & residential development (www.brooklodge.com)
He returned to South Africa to join CMAI where he is responsible for residential architecture and was project architect on a major up-market residential development around a restored existing structure on Thesen Islands.

With more than 30 years of experience, supported by a highly specialised team of consultants, CMAI successfully applies its unique development, project planning and design co-ordination process. Through multi-faceted large scale projects in environmentally sensitive areas we create livable and walkable communities where strangers become neighbours, and neighbours become friends.
Kaye Bester
BA(hons)LA, PGDipLA
(Kingston University, London)
Leon van der Westhuizen
BAS | BAS (Hons)
M.Arch (Prof) (NMMU) | SACAP
Laura-Anne Fox
BAS | BAS (Hons)
M.Arch(Prof) (UFS) | SACAP
Hildegardt Marais
B.Tech Arch (NMMU) 
Pr.S. Arch.T. (SA) | SACAP
Marguerite Pienaar
Pr. Arch. M.Arch (dist) (UP)
B.Arch (dist) (UFS), BAS(UFS)
Morne Pienaar
Pr. Arch. B.Arch (Hons) (UP)
M.Arch (Prof) (UP)
Liza Joubert
BAS | BAS (Hons) (NMMU)
M.Arch (Prof) (NMU) | SACAP
Clayton Jonathan
B.Tech Arch (NMMU)
Pr.S.Arch.T | SACAP | SAIAT
Byron Speelman
Accountant
US - BComm (FinAcc)
SAIBA | SAIT
Quinton Murdoch
BAS | BAS (Hons) (NMMU)
M.Arch (Prof) (NMU) | SACAP
Lennicia Borchards
Office Administration
Rochelle Saki
Office Assistant
 “It is important for us as planners, designers, decision-makers and developers to blend our creative, technical and management skills with a professional ethic that shapes a sustainable future for both people and the environment: I guess it all boils down to how we, in Africa, can create opportunities for social upliftment and nurture economic growth without undermining the natural resource base and environmental integrity.” - Dr Chris Mulder
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