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Established: 2000



Mellet & Human Architects, situated in Pretoria, was started in 2000 by the partners André MELLET and Willem HUMAN. Both graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1991, and gained experience through working for other practices until 1999.

The partners, intent on creating their own identity, entered partnership under the style of Mellet & Human Architects. It is registered with the South African Council for Architects (SACAP), affiliated to the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) as well as the Pretoria Institute of Architects (PIA).

Today the practice serves in the upmarket residential sector designing mostly single family houses as well as being involved in multi-unit residential developments. Designs are undertaken throughout South Africa, Africa and, more recently, internationally.


André Mellet, in charge of design, expresses a belief that a successful project results from the integration of contextual aspects with each of the individual needs of the client, since not only is every client different, but each design is influenced and challenged by specific contextual aspects such as orientation, vegetation, views, gradient and privacy from neighbouring properties.

The practice does not follow specific architectural styles, but is inspired through the integration of architectural principles with those of the client’s aesthetic preferences. This approach results in houses recognizably as those designed by Mellet & Human. Rooms are positioned and scaled according to function and required level of privacy. Characterising their designs are the flowing, well-proportioned, light and airy interior spaces linked to the outdoor, which is considered as an extension of, and integral to, all designs. Finishes are chosen according to purpose and texture which add to the overall experience.

Designs produced are environmentally responsible, the aim being to be energy efficient. Climatic factors, use of solar power, double glazing, rainwater harvesting, inclusion of grey water systems and attention to insulation of the building envelope are integrated into designs.

The practice is a member of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), which aims to ensure buildings are environmentally sustainable, effective and healthy.

Completed projects have been featured in various magazines and on television.


The practice was recognized in 2012 when conferred Awards of Merit and Excellence from the South African Institute of Architects and the Pretoria Institute of Architects.

Awards include the following:
2011 - Pretoria Institute of Architects Honorable Mention: House Louw/Delport, Groenkloof, Pretoria
2012 - Corobrik/SAIA Award of Merit: House Louw/Delport, Groenkloof, Pretoria
2012 - Corobrik/SAIA Award of Excellence: House Louw/Delport, Groenkloof, Pretoria


SOUTH AFRICA August 19, 2013 – MELLET & HUMAN ARCHITECTS has been informed that it is amongst the winning companies of the esteemed International Property Awards in the 2013 African regional competition. MELLET & HUMAN ARCHITECTS competed against a number of ARCHITECTS in AFRICA to receive this recognition. Successful entrants have been invited to attend a high-profile gala dinner and awards ceremony at the One & Only Royal Mirage in Dubai on Oct. 24th where the winning companies will learn which honours they have secured. The top-scoring winners who will go on to compete in the International Property Awards global competition will be announced at the close of the evening.

Stuart Shield, president of the International Property Awards, said, "The winning companies of the African Property Awards are enhancing the landscape of their countries with beautiful, modern and innovative properties which will further contribute to the growth and economic development of the continent. Our winning real estate agencies and property consultants are aiding African residents in successfully purchasing homes and climbing the property ladder."

The African Property Awards are part of the long established International Property Awards, the world's richest competition when measured by the value of the projects entered. The award winners' logo is recognised as a symbol of excellence throughout the global industry. The African Property Awards rank amongst the most prestigious commendations in the residential and commercial property industries. A high-calibre jury of international experts identifies the most significant building projects as well as the highest quality African real estate agencies.

The country of Libya has joined the competition for the first time in the International Property Awards' 19-year history. Again, South Africa leads the competition in total number of winning projects submitted. Kenya and Mauritius are also top performers in the region. At the end of the year, the highest scoring winners from the African Property Awards will compete against other winning companies from Europe, Arabia, the UK, the Americas and Asia to find the ultimate World's Best in each category.

The judging panel consists of approximately 70 professionals including Andrew Panting, Director of Operations for the British Property Federation, Peter Bolton King, Global Residential Director of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); and Christian Morris, Director / Owner of architectural firm Yotomo Ltd.

Building upon the success of business events first added to the 2011 award ceremonies, the International Property Awards is also hosting the Arabia & Africa Property & Hospitality Show at the same venue on Oct. 23rd. A number of professional networking events, including seminars, discussion tables and an exhibition will be attended by guests from the upper-echelons of their organizations, including Chairmen, CEOs, and Managing Directors. The 2013 Arabia & Africa Property & Hospitality Show is open to all industry related companies, property buyers and investors.

About International Property Awards
The International Property Awards are open to residential and commercial property professionals from around the globe. Since 1995, they have celebrated the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry. The awards are split into regions covering Africa, Asia Pacific, Arabia, Canada, Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, UK and USA. The highest-scoring winners from each region are automatically entered into the overall International Awards, which ultimately determine the world’s finest properties and real estate professionals.

For further information on MELLET & HUMAN ARCHITECTS:
Tel: 0124609011 Email: or visit Website

For further information on the International Property Awards and the 2013 Arabia & Africa Property & Hospitality Show, please contact the events team:
Tel: +44 (0) 1245 250981 Email: or visit: Website

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.

List of projects

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House Hefer: 2012. Leeuwfontein Estates, Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
House Louw: 2010. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
House Walbridge: 2008. Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect