MAKER design + architecture

Introduction / About 

Maker d+a started as a collaboration between two friends; both architects, and both looking to ‘make' good design and architecture, and surf a little in between. Jonothan James had been operating solo for a number of years as Mason Design, whilst lecturing at a national design college and taking on a range of work. This included retail designs, residential additions and alterations, installation pieces and some Urban planning thrown in for good measure. Roger Kerr previously worked for a reputable firm on Kwa-Zulu Natal’s north coast. He was involved in a variety of commercial and residential work in Ballito estates and surrounds before also taking up a lecturing position and partnering with Jonothan. The team was formalised into Maker d+a midway through 2014 at which stage Dayne Frost, a Bachelor of Technology from DUT, joined the young and ambitious company. The team's varied backgrounds and congruent love for the sea have been the driving force behind the team's pursuit of great architecture and good clients. (Dayne Frost left Maker d+a at the end of 2017 to pursue other avenues)


Design Philosophy / Architectural Theory

We believe in what Annette LeCuyer defines as ‘tectonic’ -  "the fusion of technique with art, of construction with poetry … 'Tectonic' suggests a preoccupation with materiality and a championing of craft that respect the trace of the hand and the expressive potential of construction.” Maker d + a has taken cues from the Maker movement, which ‘Wired’ editor-in-chief, Chris Anderson, believes to be the next industrial revolution. We would like to see today’s rapidly changing technologies applied in a holistic way to the environments that we have the privilege of shaping. Maker d+a is able to offer varied architectural responses to design problems. By expressing a desire for experiment and non-conventional ideas, the end result is more then the sum of it’s parts. 


Jono James - Architect BAs (UND) | MArch (UKZN) | PrArch (SACAP)

Roger Kerr - Architect BAs (UKZN) | MArch (NMMU) | PrArch (SACAP)

Kerry Cormac - Project Secretary



Dayne Frost - Technologist NDip (DUT) | BTech Arch (DUT)

Nkosinathi Biyela - Technologist NDip (DUT - Student

Andile Nyilenda - Technologist NDip (DUT - Student)

Johannes Nel - Interior Designer Dip (Inscape - Student)

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