About Us

MWarch has been providing architectural and design services nationwide. Our hallmark is providing clients the best service achievable, not only from a design perspective, but also in keeping clients involved in our projects to ensure client satisfaction and gain client loyalty.

Years of experience

Founded in 1982 in a garage on Hope Road in Mountain View, Johannesburg, Messaris Wapenaar Cole Architects has developed a proud reputation as one of Johannesburg’s premier architectural practices having grown into a robust firm of architects with extensive experience across a multitude of building typologies.

Arthur Messaris


Andre Wapenaar


Jeffrey Cole


Our Principles

We Commit To Big Ideas

The team at Messaris Wapenaar Cole Architects works with you to create built environments that express the essence of the functions they support. Through projects, we seek to improve the human experience within the built environment in a manner that is simultaneously practical and inspirational.

Work Ethics

Determined To Succeed

We understand that the best design comes not from having a predetermined aesthetic, but one that reveals itself through a process of discovery.

What We Bring to the Table

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The practice is led by three partners with varied backgrounds and expertise. It is managed in a highly collaborative way that calls for the highest level of involvement from each of our employees. When working on numerous projects, and multiple typologies, it can be a challenge to ensure that a team consistently sustains the same level of energy and enthusiasm for its work in each case.

Our Legacy

Shaping The World

The team at Messaris Wapenaar Cole Architects maintains this enthusiasm, which believe can be attributed to the relative youth of the staff and a company policy of nurturing young talent through education and training. Architecture is our core business at Messaris Wapenaar Cole Architects and we have acquired some additional skills along the way. These not only add to our understanding of the ‘bigger picture’ in which we work, but allow us to extend the value we can add to our clients’ projects.

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