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Friday 4th December, 2020

Information about the practiceThe practice opened on 1st July, 1984, in Gaborone, named David Young, Architect. The sole partner and architect principal was David Young. In 1985 we entered into an association agreement with Kevin Macgarry, Architect, and in 1988 into an additional association agreement with Vito Coppola, Architect, both of Durban, South Africa. In 2001, the Vito Coppola, Architect association ended on Vito Coppola's departure for UK. In 2004, the practice changed its style to Young Architects (Pty) Ltd, with Edward Mazhani and David Young as directors and architect principals. Edward moved on to focus on his work at the University of Botswana School of Architecture in early 2012.

We have two clerical staff members at present, Mr B Mabaka (clerk/messenger/accounts) and Ms C Nyepetsi, and a draughtsmen, P Modisaotsile. We have one junior architect, O Lesego in the office at this time. The office reserves one workstation for Architecture/draughting students on industrial placements.

The managing director of the firm has been involved in brigades examination/assessments. David Young was Chairman of the Examination Board for the National Certificate in Architectural Draughting until 2006, and was involved in Brigade Architectural Draughting training from 1982.

The office features ten networked computer systems (of which six are drafting-oriented) with five colour scanners, an A1-size digitiser (allowing direct tracing of A1 drawings) and an A1 colour plotter. Apart from drawings, large size sign layouts and vector/raster file conversion and editing can be done using our equipment. We have four administrative computers on the network, running mostly on Linux. We carry out backups of data to minimise the risk of data loss. We also have black and white A4 printers. Software is Cadam/Helix/Blender for drawing and modelling, and Libre Office and the GIMP (graphics) for general office use. We are using Blender models readable by the free programme as well as using Cadam to generate accessible versions of our drawings to increase interaction with our clients and fellow consultants. We have a Nikon total station and accessories as well as a dumpy level, for non-cadastral survey work.

In addition to the project list which follows, we have carried out work in the areas of Development planning, Interior design, Building and (non-cadastral) site surveying, Building condition surveying, Technical and aerial photography and Expert witnesses.


Made for Young Architects by David Alexander Young 2005-2020. Programme updated 5th October, 2017, 11:44