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Born: 1930
Died: 1998 04 14


Reg No: 1477
Year registered: 1953

DipArch. (Witwatersrand). In 1959 he was a partner of CHARNEY & MARGOLES, Suite 816, Royal Arcade, Pritchard Street, Johannesburg.

(Transvaal Inst. practicing. ISAA Yearbook, 1959)

His son Conrad MARGOLES also became an architect.



Sike Margoles was born in Johannesburg in 1930, the only child of immigrant parents. He went to Jeppe school, and then to the University of the Witwatersrand where he obtained a Diploma in Architecture. He worked for John SHUNN during his university years, which he completed in 1952. His first practice was with Leon CHARNEY (cf CHARNEY & MARGOLES). They entered and won the competition for the new Institute of Architects Building in 1955/56 on Ameshoff Street in Braamfontein. (Sike was later to build a second building on the same site, "Rennie House".)

Much of his early work was residential, single family houses, and blocks of flats.

His second practice was with Mark MARKOWITZ. Shortly thereafter, he joined GLUCKMAN DE BEER MARGOLES. This practice enveloped into MARGOLES, DUKES AND SMITH. They designed some notable residential work as well as commercial office buildings such as National Board House, Pritchard Street; Bank of Lisbon Building, Sauer Street and most of the northern side of Ameshoff Street, including the Liberty Life Headquarters and Libridge. Also in the Braamfontein area are some examples of an area of red face brick buildings by Margoles, including 26 Ameshoff Street and "Mineralia".

The firm designed many shopping centres such as Sandton City, The Mall in Rosebank and Eastgate in Bedfordview. Sandton office buildings include 15 Alice Lane, 156 Fifth Street and the Twin Towers at Sandton City. The practice also completed the Sandton Sun Hotel and the Sandton Towers Hotel.

Towards the end of 1995, MARGOLES set up a small practice together with his son Conrad, MARGOLES ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN. Together they did much consulting work, not wanting to build up a large office again. They had barely completed the Edenburgh Terraces in Rivonia, an "urban office park" for Old Mutual when Margoles suddenly passed away on April 14 1998.

He is survived by his wife, son and daughter, and a large family of buildings which are the evidence of his skill, love of, and dedication to architecture which spanned his entire life.

Ref: CHIPKIN, Clive: S.A. Architect, July 1998: pg 15

(Obituary provided by Conrad Margoles, submitted by William MARTINSON, November 2011)

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

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Rennie House: n.d.. Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect