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MARC SHERRATT

SUSTAINABILITY ARCHITECTS

"REVERSING LOCAL EXTINCTION THROUGH

SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE

APPROACH

AFRICA

Over the next 20 the continent will host one of the fastest and largest growing city regions in the world. Africa is also unique one of only two places in the world that still possesses its mega fauna along with their major predators.

With climate change predicted to add additional strain to the relationship between wildlife and people, a group of architects and engineers ask what role does space play in this global challenge?

We live in a time of incredible change. If we don’t increase the client base of cities to include endangered wildlife, we will be the only species left on this planet; the difficult question to answer is how do we start to change this? This is the question I have decided to dedicate my life to answering” Marc Sherratt .
“Marc Sherratt, founder of Marc Sherratt, Sustainability Architects is a professional architect (PrArch) registered as such with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP).

He qualified with his Masters at the University of Johannesburg, in South Africa, where he still lectures periodically. His distinction dissertation focused on questioning architecture’s role in nature conservation. His portfolio of work gained him unconditional acceptance into one of the top universities in the world, University College London.

Yet he decided to start MSSA instead, his team consists of highly qualified architects and engineers passionate about bringing contemporary development with an environmental conscious. Social economic development is the priority one of most African governments and it should be. What we do though is balance the conversation with ecological sensitivity. The cost of any development must always be balanced with a long term environmental equation.” Marc Sherratt

MSSA’s projects range from vulture aviaries on mountain ranges to ocean cooling rings to elephant migration routes that run through cities. Their experience in large-scale civic buildings equips them to tackle all building, context and scale types. It is their research and sustainability approach that makes them unique. Their website offers opportunities for anyone wanting to invest in sustainable property development in Africa as well a place where selected clients can retain them to produce contemporary architecture at the highest sustainability standards.

“Working in Africa is tremendously exciting. I have travelled the world and have yet to find a place of such cultural dependence and interrogation of the natural environment. But to work here you must be on the ground, in the language and looking deep into people’s faces to ever produce something meaningful. The Zulu’s say Sawubona, a greeting that means I see you, I recognize your presence but more than that you and I are connected, we thrive best together. That type of relational connection is what I want to strengthen between people and their natural environment.” Marc Sherratt

“THE ARCHITECT IS THE TRANSLATOR OF NATURE”

RENZO PIANO

“NOW THIS IS THE FUTURE OF SOUTH AFRICAN ARCHITECTURE”

RENOWN ARCHITECT ANDREW MAKIN COMMENTS ON MARC SHERRATT’S DISSERTATION

B L A C K B A R K  G A M E  L O D G E
M A G A L I E S B E R G

“MOBILE FIELD STUDIO OPERATING IN MAGALIESBERG”

DESIGN CONSULTING

ARCHITECTURE & LANDSCAPE DESIGN

FULL ARCHITECTURAL SERVICE INCLUDING PROJECT MANAGEMENT

URBAN & RURAL DESIGN

URBAN & RURAL DESIGN FRAMEWORK COMPLETION

RESEARCH EXPEDITIONS

AFRICAN TESTED RESEARCH & RECONNAISSANCE TEAM

SUSTAINABILITY AUDITS

ENERGY, WATER & WASTE AUDIT WITH COST SAVING STRATEGIES

COMPUTER MODELLING

SANS 10400 XA COMPLIANCE, CLIMATE AND MATERIALS TESTING

 

GREEN BUILDING RATINGS

GBCSA, LEED, LIVING BUILDING CHALLENGE

MSSA can offer the above services to selected clients that particularly support the mission statement of the company.

Projects are pursued based on their scale and ecological merits. The design process is led by the architects where contextual research underpins their decision making process.

MSSA is in the business of producing contemporary, high quality architectural spaces, clients should note the increased time and cost associated with such developments.

Though based in Johannesburg MSSA has the capacity to work in rural and urban areas from their Africa tested mobile field office. This cross-continent working ability leads to design solutions that are contextually and aesthetically relevant.

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Marc Sherratt founder of MSSA is a professional architect (PrArch) registered as such with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP). He was born in Johannesburg and from a child he developed a passion for wildlife conservation.

His career begun at the internationally awarded firm Mashabane Rose Associates, where he quickly rose to running his own projects. At the firm, he led and guided numerous professional teams in completing a number of high-value, civic buildings. These include the Laager Theatre in Newtown, the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) stations for the city of Tshwane (Pretoria) and Polokwane, the Taung Skull World Heritage Site Museum Complex, the Origins Centre Rock Art Gallery, WITS and the Luderitz Maritime Museum in Namibia to name a few.

EXPERIENCE

LAAGER THEATRE, NEWTOWN

COMPLETED 2015

APPROX. COST = R 20 MILLION

(IN ASSOCIATION WITH MRA)

ORIGINS CENTRE ROCK ART GALLERY, WITS

COMPLETED 2016

APPROX. COST = R 25 MILLION

(IN ASSOCIATION WITH MRA)

TSHWANE BRT STATION, PRETORIA

COMPLETED 2015

APPROX. COST = R 15 MILLION

(IN ASSOCIATION WITH MRA)

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