Our Philosophy

Innovation, conservation, and longevity are the guiding principles at Brink Stokes Mkhize.
We are here to serve, and we take great pride in our attention to detail and professional standards. We design with integrity and an unrelenting focus on the client’s needs. Our aim is to interpret a client’s brief and to create design solutions that exceed expectations. We design residential, commercial, hospitality, healthcare, and institutional buildings, as well as associated landscapes and green projects. We acknowledge the necessity for participation with local communities in the design and construction process and we are well versed in negotiating these sensitive interactions.

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Our Services

Brink Stokes Mkhize offers a full range of architectural, landscape and environmental solutions. We provide a full design, detail development and monitoring service. This includes statutory approvals, quality control and contract administration.
We enjoy intense collaboration with our clients. We listen to their needs and translate their vision into beautiful architecture and landscapes. BSM architects and landscape architects enjoy expressing their designs through a range of multi-media technologies including sketches, models, and illustrations.
We engage with a range of capable disciplines including town and environmental planners, engineers, interior designers, and reputable building contractors.
We specialize in creating harmony between buildings and landscapes. We promote the use of passive building design and green technologies in the creation of comfortable and functional buildings. In the residential market, we provide a design service for new homes, as well as repurposed buildings and historic restorations.
Some of our preferred suppliers and partners include Stiles Tile Retailer, Paintsmiths George, Weylandts, Zutari Engineers, Ruwacon Construction, Group 5, WBHO, Hilland Environmental, DeSteyl Joiners.


The Company

Brink Stokes Mkhize is a multi-disciplinary team of architects and landscape architects founded in 1977. We have completed over 300 projects, in eight countries and established ourselves as an architectural authority in the Western Cape. With over four decades of experience, we have a superior understanding of the local climate, and how materials perform in this environment.
BSM are a highly service-orientated company, with a reputation for design excellence and reliability.
We are firm believers in good quality craftsmanship and seek to work with skilled craftsmen, who can help us to realize the beautiful and functional details of our designs.
We take inspiration from nature and enjoy designs which echo the beauty of nature. We are passionate about incorporating sustainable principles into the spaces we design.
We believe firmly that the materials used in a building affect its structure and durability. Our company has extensive experience working with a broad range of local materials.
Our architects apply the principles of geometry to create a relationship between the inside and outside of a building.
We are members of the South African Institute of Architects, the Cape Institute for Architecture, the South African Council for Architectural Professionals, the Institute of Landscape Architects, the South African Council for Landscape Architectural Professionals, and the Green Building Council of Southern Africa.


The Approach

Every project we work on is completely unique. We pride ourselves on responding to a client’s needs and tailoring each design to the project’s distinct budget, requirements, and environment. We employ a collaborative, innovative, fast, and efficient approach to the design process. We try new approaches and technologies.
In addition, we offer a personal and hands-on service and employ a variety of techniques to help our clients visualize the project. BSM pays attention to detail and utilizes an environmentally friendly ‘tread lightly’ approach. Above all, we create beautiful spaces and places.


The Place

Our residential commercial, healthcare, civic, educational and landscape projects are currently based along the Garden Route and in Cape Town, South Africa. Our local practice extends from Plettenberg Bay to Still Bay and into the Klein Karoo. We also serve clients in India and the United Arab Emirates.

Client Reviews


“Brian and his team delivered to us a clear plan for our dream home, for which we had only provided vague and uncertain ideas. He effectively translated our wishes into a masterpiece. His oversight of the project, and attention to every detail, allowed us be at a tremendous level of comfort and engagement, even though we are physically half a world away from the project.”

– Mark Greeff, Florida, USA

Client Reviews


“We really enjoyed working with Brian. He helped us to create our dream home. What we loved was his attention to detail and how well he listened. He understood exactly what we needed and transformed our ideas into reality. We worried that being in different countries would make the project difficult to implement. But it was made very easy by Brian and his entire team. Of course, the house would not have been such a delight without Leisel’s work on our gorgeous garden. It is so easy to maintain and so fabulous in every corner. Thank you both for our dream home!”

– Radhika Jaykrishna, Ahmedabad

Client Reviews


“Don’t think about shopping around for other architects or cheaper options. The choice you make to use Brink Stokes Mkhize will be rewarded over and again with passionate attention to detail, perfect client appreciation, fair and robust supervision and eventually, an aesthetic masterpiece delivered on time. Brian will hold your hand throughout the journey and leave a smile on your face at the end, making the whole building process stress-free and enjoyable. Good luck in your next project!”

Rob Butler, Harare, Zimbabwe

Client Reviews


The hands-on approach of Brian Stokes has contributed to the project being “on time” as well as meeting all required specifications

   – M.S. Ishmail, Senior Programme Manager & Co-owner: Virtual Consulting Engineers on behalf of National Department of Health

Client Reviews


Brink Stokes Mkhize Architects will always go the extra mile and always act professionally.

– Joubert Theart, Associate, Zutari (Pty) Ltd

Client Reviews


Brian Stokes, as a Principal Agent, has demonstrated professionalism and responsiveness on the project by presenting alternatives and actively listening to the comments provided by the client department.

– Wimbayi Kadzere, Programme Manager, Health Infrastructure, Western Cape Government – Department Transport and Public Works

Client Reviews


In my interactions with Brink Stokes Mkhize Architects & Landscape Architects, lead, namely Brian Stokes and his George office team, I have been highly satisfied with their capabilities and professionalism. In the various projects I have engaged with them I have every confidence that they process the appropriate skills and capabilities to continue to take on various types of projects in Health Infrastructure.

This team has also been involved in National Health Infrastructure project upgrades at Mossel Bay Hospital, for which, has required interactions with me for the future project and I am very satisfied with their attention to these quite complex design challenges.

Their abilities to manage design and budget, as well as the expectations of the Health role players involved, are always done in a very prompt and professional way and their focus on realistic outcomes is highly commendable.

– Alan Middleton, Senior Programme Manager, Chief Directorate, Facilities and Infrastructure Management, Western Cape Government – National Department of Health

The Directors

Brian Stokes

Architect and Landscape Architect
B Arch (Cum Laude) (Pret), Pr Arch, MIArch, CIA, RIBA + Pr LArch (ML) (Pret), ILASA

Koos Marais

B Arch (Pta), Pr Arch. MIArch, NCIA

Francois Engelbrecht

B Arch (Pta), Pr Arch, CIA

Architect and landscape architect Brian Stokes has four decades of design under his belt. He has a natural talent for interpreting a client’s needs and making the impossible possible. He prides himself on his ability to craft old-school, hand-drawn concept sketches on butcher paper. Brian particularly enjoys organic designs which echo the beauty of nature: “I’ve always tended to fragment my buildings. Nature is fragmented, complex and organic. Creating a space that mimics this aesthetic, allows it to remain in harmony with the natural world.”



Architect and Landscape Architect: 
Brian Stokes

Landscape Architect:
Liesel Stokes

Architectural Technologists:
Victor Kurtz
Johneth Losch

Administrative Staff:
Elzanne Kurtz
Naomi Verster
Georgina Lee


Koos Marais
Francois Engelbrecht

Candidate Architect:
Maroné Badenhorst

Architectural Technologists: 
Niel Barnard
Danie Nel
Rudie Pentz