Brent and I go back a long way. I think around the 25 year mark. I clearly remember meeting him as this excited (older) grommet from Paarl, Western Cape, and had just moved to East London. If I think about it now, Paarl was quite a trek to the closest surfing beach which happened to be Muizenberg. So to live in East London, with quality waves on his doorstep, was a bonus.
Many years down the line, and here we are, still great mates, sportsmen and business owners. Allow me to have the pleasure to introduce you to Brent’s exciting world….
Brent’s passion for his design company Architectural Design Inc has kept him incredibly focused, probably because of his passionate sporting and hobbies lifestyle that keep him both fit and out of trouble. These include inflatable boat racing, off-road bike racing and surfing. Although he doesn’t race ducks or bikes anymore, he does still surf regularly. Brent raced inflatables nationally with the legend in the sport, Mike Hatting, and finished a creditable 2nd in South Africa in their class. They competed in both surf circuit racing and long-hauls and also did the TransAgulhas Challenge from Plettenberg Bay to Strand. Brent’s other passion, until recently, has been off-road bikes and has competed in many enduros and off-road races. He recorded a few top finishes in both formats over the years. Both these two sports have taken Brent to many special locations and has made many friends along the way.
Surfing, however, has been Brent’s constant sport and release from the stresses of everyday life. Brent has been surfing constantly since the age of 18 and took a 12 month break to focus on off-road racing for a while, but has been in the water ever since.
Brent also competed in a few surf events and represented Border on a few occasions. The friends and acquaintances he has made from all corners of the world in surfing is something very special.
“They are a tight bunch and I love doing surf trips with the boys”
“It has always been more than just a sport. It is a lifestyle that keeps you mentally and physically fit and I will be doing this for as long as possible”
“The key to life however, is balance. In work, family life, sport and socially, never take life for granted and always stay focused and driven”
This brings us to Brent’s successful design company called Architectural Design Inc. Allow the awesome and talented businessman to tell us more about his company:
I am passionate about Architecture and have evolved my design style over the years to focus more on energy efficient buildings. The journey which started approximately 24 years ago has had its ups and downs. From the early days of drawings boards and where design software was in it’s infancy, to the cutting edge cad programs of today. The one thing I have tried to do was keep up with modern trends, materials, environmental awareness in design and construction.
It is always key to maintain one’s design identity to stay ahead of your competition and also offer your clients something different. Being self-employed and a business person have taught me many hard lessons and I have grown both personally and in the built environment. Giving back to the industry is critical and in so doing we have nurtured and assisted architectural students over the years, many of which have moved on to bigger firms or even started their own practices.
Over the years we have completed or were involved in numerous projects both locally and nationally. Specializing in various forms of residential structures from mid to high end. From custom designed new dwellings, alterations and extensions to commercial projects. We offer a full service from Concept Design though to Submission Drawings and Project Facilitation. As part of our service we also offer a free advisory service. I have built strong and lasting relationships with clients and other professionals. My focus is on the design of modern structures with flowing and practical living spaces that never date. I love the art and innovation of well-designed buildings and seeing clients enjoy their homes with family and friends.