Robert de Jager has a passionate life-time interest in architectural design and construction, evidenced by his drawings for imaginary projects from the early 1960’s.
He believes that architecture is the backdrop and stage for social engagement in the built spatial realm, and that as much as good design is a good investment it also has the capacity to influence and underscore mindful living, through aesthetic choices embodied in built-form.
After five years working in the Philadelphia (USA) practice of Adele Naude Santos on projects in the USA and Japan, Robert returned to Cape Town and established his current practice in 1991. Robert has 25 years of experience across residential, commercial and educational projects, and has been a visiting lecturer, studio supervisor and examiner at universities both in the USA and South Africa. In addition to full architectural services, the practice specialises in conceptual design, and Robert has a particular interest in architect-artist collaboration. An additional field of research is housing typology design and the urban interface. A number of projects have been critically-acclaimed in peer-reviewed journals.