Balshaw & Fogarty Architects South Africa

Balshaw & Fogarty Architects is an established architectural practice based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  While primarily fulfilling the roles of industrial and commercial architects, we handle all aspects of large scale residential, institutional, industrial, and commercial architecture.


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Established in 1995, Balshaw & Fogarty Architects,  is a dynamic professional architectural firm with a history of excellence in a range of completed architectural projects. 

We are medium sized architectural practice with a proven ability to mobilise resources and coordinate complex professional team structures to tackle projects of any scale and complexity.  We are continually looking for ways to expand the traditional role of commercial architects in meeting the needs of clients with excellence and within pressured time frames.

We have delivered appropriate architecture within South Africa and throughout Africa which reflects a balance of appropriate design philosophies, technical competence, effective project and cost management, and intimate client involvement.



With trust as a key principal in the client / architect relationship, we invest in understanding expectations with a commitment to integrity, offering a professional architectural service in line with principles of best practice.



Whilst acknowledging contemporary architecture and modern materials, we are not bound by stylistic concerns.  We believe in appropriate architecture and specific solutions incorporating historic and environmental sensitivity.



We offer full or partial architectural services as defined in the South African Institute of Architects standard Client / Architect Agreement:

1. Architect and Principal Consultant

- Separate Principal Agent appointed in addition to the architect.

2. Design Architect and design consultant

- Full design service, separate architect of record and principal agent. 

- primary design architect

- Scope of architects services to be defined before architectural service commences.

3. Architect of record and principal consultant

- Partial architects services commencing from detailed design.

- Separate principal Agent appointed in addition to the architect.

4.  Architect as Principal Agent

- Partial architects services in documentation and tender procurement

- Full architects service in contract administration.

5.  Architects and Principal Consultant

- Partial architectural service to local authority submission

Our experience exceeds the standard architectural services outlined by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) and the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA),

We are experienced in the popular JBCC 2000 series and other forms of building contract.  Our standard service includes appointment as Principal Agent.

We have worked closely with property developers and landowners to facilitate management and maintenance of buildings, and also offer a range of non-standard services including Green Building Consulting (among our Architects are Green Star SA Accredited Professionals). View our profile page for additional architects services.



Our architectural fees based on the South African Institute of Architects Recommended Tariff of fees, are tailored for project specific fee structures to suit individual clients.



(see Portfolio section)

We have completed buildings in cities throughout South Africa and elsewhere in Africa. 

Although Balshaw & Fogarty Architects are predominantly "Commercial Architects", we work within all categories of architecture: 

Commercial Architecture:

Our portfolio of commercial architecture highlights our role as commercial architects and includes office blocks, free-standing office buildings, office parks, logistics parks, and distribution centres.

Industrial Architecture:

Our industrial architecture portfolio includes warehouses, factories, and tenant installations on industrial property.

Institutional & Residential Architecture:

View all our featured projects in the categories of commercial architecture, industrial architecture, institutional architecture, residential architecture, and interiors in the PORTFOLIO section.




We have successfully completed projects for a wide range of private and corporate clients in South Africa and throughout Africa. Contact us for references from clients for whom we have delivered architectural solutions.