The Company

Ludwig Hansen Architects and Urban Designers (LHA+Ud) focuses on a great variety of urban design projects aimed at the regeneration of decaying inner city environments in Johannesburg, Tshwane, Germiston, Port Elizabeth and Kimberley. Work undertaken has focused on issues of housing, building and urban design in the context of development under scarce resources and pressing environmental constraints. The Architectural and Urban Design team is lead by Ludwig Hansen who is internationaly qualified and has extensive experience in the field of urban design and architecture.

Integrating marginalised communities, into the public realm, providing them with representative architecture is a primary focus of LHA+Ud. Hereby our work focuses on how to integrate sectors of society, such as street traders and taxi operators, historically marginalised in the urban context. How to provide them with an architecture and a place within the city that enables them, enables their endeavors, provides a sense of ownership and identity, and possibly even a sense of pride.

LHA+Ud has also been involved in a variety of urban regeneration projects, which include the Nelson Mandela Development Corridor in Tshwane, Johannesburg Inner City Urban Design Framework, the Nasrec/Soccer City Urban Framework and Feasibility Study, the Innovation Hub in Tshwane, the Newtown Cultural Precinct and its Public Open Space Regeneration in Johannesburg. Projects further a field include the Coega Industrial Zone in Port Elizabeth and the Galeshewe Urban Renewal Program in Kimberley.

Apart from urban design, LHA+Ud has an established reputation in the completion of a large variety of public buildings. These include the new Department of Trade and Industry Trevenna Campus in Pretoria, Public Transport and trader market facilities in Baragwanath and Johannesburg, Student Housing Projects for the University of the Witwatersrand and a variety of other educational buildings. We have over the last three years also acted as lead spatial consultant to the University of the Witwatersrand.

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Partner Profile

Name: Ludwig Hansen
Profession: Architect and Urban Designer

Professional Qualifications:
1990 Bachelor of Architecture, University of Pretoria (cum laude)
1996 Master of Architecture in Human Settlements, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (magna cum laude)

Ludwig Hansen qualified as architect at the University of Pretoria before completing a Masters in Architecture and Human Settlements at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium in 1996. His career started in 1991 and has worked for numerous companies in South Africa, Namibia, Germany and Belgium. He was senior partner at Urban Solutions from 1997 until he established the current practice focusing on both architectural and urban design projects.

Since his return to South Africa in 1997 his work has focused on issues of urbanity, building and planning in the context of development under scarce resources and pressing environmental constraints. His current workload is concerned with the project co-ordination of a variety of urban regeneration projects in Jo-hannesburg, Soweto, Germiston and Pretoria. These include the University of the Witwatersrand Spatial Development Framework, the Hillbrow Health Precinct, the Germiston Inner City Regeneration Project.

Current Architectural projects include Wits Junction and Juta Street Student Accommodation, the Sidney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience, private residences and heritage conversions.

He is also a senior lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, School of Architecture and Planning, and has addressed numerous conferences and written extensively on aspects of urbanity and architecture within the South African context.

Professional Affiliations:

    South African Institute for Architects
    Gauteng Institute of Architects
    Namibian Institute of Architects
    Urban Design Institute of South Africa
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