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The Company

LSF Designco Lab (Pty) Ltd  (trading as DesigncoLab) is a new Durban based entity that has evolved out of Lees & Short Associated Architects, established in 1995.

The directors have over  50 years of collective experience and investigation in architecture, housing and urbanism. The Directors, Joanne Lees and Gary Short, bring a range of diverse built environment competencies and perspectives together, to offer an integrated service that includes everything from big picture thinking to technical detail and implementation. They are able to integrate sector imperatives and objectives into holistic solutions and approaches, and to develop guidelines for sustainable urbanism to inform development decision-making. Contributing to the making of a sustainable built environment has always been at the core of their work.

The new company structure allows for broader collaborations, and this is the core intention. Their collaborative approach enables trans-disciplinary integration, and openness to innovative rather than prescribed solutions.

They strive to achieve the best possible outcomes, through processes that are appropriate to each specific project. From inception to completion, this team has a reputation for thorough and competent execution in all respects.

In addition to the design and completion of a wide range of built environment projects, their experience includes, development management and project facilitation, brief formulation, project conceptualization and packaging, feasibility studies, stakeholder engagement, participatory planning, urban renewal strategy, urban design, transport oriented development and public housing.

Completed work includes large, medium and small-scale public and private sector projects.

DesigncoLab has a Level 4 BBBEE rating, as an Exempt Micro-Enterprise.

The Mission

Making spaces and places that improve lives.