Architecture - Urban Design - Universal Access

“Integrated Design Consultants ( IDC ) is made up of principals & professional staff with a wide range of local & international experience over the past 20 years”

Phillip Thompson  Member, Architect

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IDC is committed to the creation and design of people-centered environments, focusing strongly on ergonomics and anthropometrics as the foundation for the creation of functional built forms, check this Gorgeous and Stuff Best Shoes for Travel. Moreover, we are determined to achieve and articulate a “South African” architecture that is derived from place and the critical interpretation of vernacular architectures.

The design of functional spaces based on a sound understanding of anthropometrics and ergonomics is best illustrated by the practice’s continued work and competency in the field of Universal Design, a design paradigm that emphases the creation of environments that are useable by all persons. To this end, we have been intimately involved with the writing of the National Building Regulations, and are involved with several national and international initiatives aimed at improving the quality of the lived environment. Our approach is multi-disciplinary and holistic, embracing not only Architecture, but Urban Design, Interior Planning, Industrial Design, Training, Tourism, Transportation etc.

Our Work

Amava Resort – Concept Sketches

 “My passion and great enjoyment for architecture, and the reason the older I get the more I enjoy it, is because I believe we – architects – can effect the quality of life of the people”


Architecture is a passion, a vocation, a calling as well as a science and a business. It has been described as a social art and also an artful science. Architecture must be of the highest quality of design. Architecture provides a sense of place and support of all types of human activity. Architecture helps the man-made fit in harmony with the environment while promoting health and well-being, enriching lives aesthetically and spiritually, providing economic opportunities, and creating a legacy that reflects and symbolizes culture and traditions. Our projects range in size and complexity from small alterations, small or large housing, multi-level commercial, industrial, public buildings to even parts of cities.

Urban Design

Urban Design is the practice of shaping the physical features and to make high-quality connections between places and buildings for the enjoyable and safe activity of people. While creating places for people, urban design must respect and enhance the natural environment and use resources efficiently. We at IDC believe in developing designs derived, but also transcending, from planning and transportation policy, architectural design, development economics, engineering, environment and landscape. Drawing on these, and other strands, together to create a vision for an area and then deploying the resources and skills needed to bring the vision to life.

Universal Access

Universal Design is design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without need for adaptation or specialized design. Universal design is a concept, approach, or goal to make products and the built environment universally usable by all people everywhere. It accommodates the specific needs of the elderly, people with obesity, those who are very tall or very short including children, pregnant women, and people with various functional limitations, which tend to have been traditionally ignored. Universal design is dependent on the culture of the people who will be using the specific built environment. That is, universal design may be different in each and every country because it is meant to be universally usable in that place.

A little bit about our process.

We are 100% committed to all projects we take on. We believe that the client should always be fully informed about the statues of the project. We strive to achieve the brief given to us on time and Achieve all the client dreams and requirements.



Dead Lines Achieved


Clients Satisfied


Brief Executed


Client liaison


“We enjoy sharing the projects and posts we make just as much as we enjoy creating them. Sit back & take a moment to browse through some of our recent completed work.”

UA Hotel

September 21, 2015

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

September 21, 2015

Cultural Bridge

September 21, 2015


September 21, 2015

Projects Completed
Buildings Audited
Pages Printed
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"By far the best team I've ever worked with. They truly understood the look I was going for and completely nailed it! I would highly recommend them as a company, you won't find any better!"

− Carly Young, Peak Investing

"It was really fun getting to know the team during the project. They were all helpful in answering questions and made me feel at ease. The design ended up being better than I could've envisioned!"

− Jeff Gemmell

"I'm wondering why I never contacted these guys sooner! They have commendable talent in their fields and knocked my concept out of the ballpark. An amazing experience!"

− Mark Levin, Shell Invest
 “Individually we are one drop; But together, we are an Ocean”

Phillip Thompson

September 18, 2015

Charles Louw

August 18, 2015

Darren Barnard

March 20, 2015

Jessica Thompson

January 18, 2015

Sebastian Claypole

December 18, 2014

Colette Fransolet

November 18, 2014

Jacques Deetlefs

October 18, 2014

Nidene Geminiani

September 18, 2014



Cape Town Offices:

Address: Second Floor, Sunclare Building, 21 Dreyer Street, Claremont, 7708, Cape Town, South Africa

Phone: +27 21 674 5193


Port Elizabeth Offices:

Address: Suite 302 Ground Floor – Fairview House – Ring Road – Greenacres – 6045 – Port Elizabeth – South Africa

Phone: +27 41 363 4487

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