Aziz Tayob graduated at the University of the Witwatersrand as the first black architect in South Africa in 1969. The practice was established in 1970 in Pageview, Johannesburg. After the removal of Pageview by the previous government, the practice has since operated in Laudium, Pretoria, an area formally reserved for Indians in terms of the Group Areas Act.

Over the past 49 years of its existence, the firm has aimed to create buildings that are honest, functional, thought provoking and innovative. The design approach has been to achieve the most advantageous design for the very limited resources and space available to the underpriviledged communities of South Africa. This has resulted in the maximum utilisation of land, space and cost efficient quality and creative design, free from trendy frills. In recognition of this, the firm has received merit and recognition awards over the years.

The firm has worked on more than 600 projects, ranging from the urban scale down to the small logo design and covers work in the private, corporate and public sector.

Affirmative Action & BEE Status

Aziz Tayob Architects has a certified 135% BEE Procurement Recognition and has a Level One BEE Status


The practice has throughout it's existence trained more than 60 people from disadvantaged background.  It continues doing so. 

Archicad users since 1996


With the long term relationship we like to develop with our clients, most of our projects go through various phases over the years.

It's therefore important to ensure that we are able to take all the CAD drawings from the past into the latest CAD/BIM software of today.

The following image is a brief summary of being able to call up a a drawing done more than 18 years ago and with a couple of tweaks bring it into the latest software and all the benefits that come with it.


For this project, in 2002 the site mesh and textures were limited due to software and hardware limitations.  In 2020, the software and hardware has evolved such that in less than 3 hours, we were able to insert an accurate terrain map as well as better looking material textures.  Both of the above image are still the raw unrendered image.