DSA Architects International is a construction-related company operating in Dubai.
DSA Architects International was founded in 1985 with the establishment of Ridler Shepherd Low Architects (RSL Architects) in Johannesburg, South Africa
In 2001 RSL Architects established DSA Architects International as their international practice with offices in Johannesburg, Dubai and Lisbon.
The Head Office is situated in Johannesburg and is led by Clive Shepherd (Chairman), supported by Zinon Marinakos (Managing Director), Rob Low (Technical Director), Beata Kaleta ( Design Principal), Ian Manson-Kullin (Sustainability Director), with a staff compliment of 40.
DSA (Middles East) and DSA (Europe) are well established, independent, and self-sufficient branch offices of DSA Architects international SA (Pty) Ltd. The offices are managed independently, they are however mutually supportive and collaborative, sharing experience, expertise and resources.
The Dubai office is managed by Steve Kelshaw (Managing Director) supported by Floris Smith (Deputy managing Director & Design Principal), Tim Goodall (Project Management Director), Peter Davison ( Design Management Director), Jacques Blaauw (Technical Director), with a staff compliment of 80.
The European Office, which is based in Lisbon, is managed by Mike Scott (Managing Director) with a staff compliment of 14.
The past 29 years has seen the practice progress in scale , scope and architectural expertise having designed and completed projects in 28 countries around the world, confirming DSA Architects International’s status as a global architectural practice.
Global exposure to a broad spectrum of projects has developed our skills base to encompass numerous market sectors which include:
Hospitality and Leisure (Business, Luxury and Resort Hotels)
Entertainment & Casino Complexes
Urban Housing & Luxury Residential Estates
Restoration & Refurbishment projects
Private Residences and Luxury Villas
The Johannesburg office serves Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands with projects ranging from commercial mixed-use developments, luxury resorts, luxury safari camps, business hotels, casino and entertainment complexes and refurbishments such as “The Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff”, Johannesburg and “The Mount Nelson Hotel” in Cape Town.
The Dubai office serves the Middle East the Asian Sub-Continent, Iran, Azerbaijan and North Africa. The office has active projects in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Jordan and Oman. The projects in the Dubai office have progressed from a focus on hospitality, to include large mixed-use commercial, residential and hospitality projects such as the recently completed 30 storey twin tower complex, “Oberoi Towers” in Business Bay, Dubai.
The Lisbon office operates within the European architectural context, which is rich in building conservation and sensitive to the requirements of cultural heritage. Their portfolio of restorations and refurbishments include “The Grand Hotel Europe” in St Petersburg, Russia, “The Ritz Hotel” in Madrid, “Reids Palace Hotel” in Madeira and “Lapa Palace Hotel” in Lisbon, to name a few. New build projects, include the “Cap Vermell Park Hyatt” Hotel in Mallorca, which is designed on the theme of a traditional Mallorcan village.
As multi-award-winning Architects, notably in the field of International Hospitality and Leisure Design, DSA is recognised for creating unique and exciting hotel and resort experiences the world over.
DSA Architects International brings a unique blend of creativity, innovation and technical excellence to the projects we deliver, and are committed to delivering exemplary design, appropriate state of the art technology and service, thereby reinforcing our standing as a leading international architectural consultancy.
Our teams of highly qualified, experienced & creative Architects and Technicians, nurture innovative thought, design flair and technical excellence, whilst maintaining empathy and respect for the environment, by embracing Green & Sustainable Design Principles.
Our technical and construction documentation capabilities have been developed in the international arena, with projects completed in South America, Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands, Europe and the Middle East.
Our strong in-house Design Management Teams facilitate and guide the design process, information-flow, programme management and the Client Consultant interface. This allows the design and production teams to focus on “Design” and “Production”, thereby ensuring that the project is delivered within programme, whilst fulfilling the Client’s vision and expectation.
The experienced Site Management teams ensure a smooth transition between pre- and post-contract services. The site management experience is developed from major, multi-faceted international projects.
Services offered include:
Master Planning and Urban Design
Site Supervision Services
Lead Consultancy & Project Management services, are only offered in the Dubai office.
In order to offer our clients a complete spectrum of specialist, design and engineering services, we have well established associations with numerous international and local consultancies.
When DSA Architects International operates in areas where we do not have established offices, to ensure that we address local legislation, by-laws and local construction conditions, we have established strategic associations with local and international architectural practices.
DSA Architects International Dubai Projects
DSA Architects International is associated with the following real estate projects in Dubai: