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..

 

Over the past 51 years of its existence, the firm has strove 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.  This has resulted in the maximum utilisation of land and space, whilst also focussing on cost efficiency, efficient life cycle, quality and creative design.  In recognition of this, the firm has received numerous merit awards from the various architectural institutes.

Being the first black architectural practice in the country, the practice has during its existence trained and employed many architects and technicians from the disadvantaged sector.  As an established firm, the practice is still a training ground of professionals.

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.