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About Koen and Associates Architecture
Koen and Associates Architecture provides full architectural and project management services in retail, commercial, industrial, residential and mixed-use development. We are 100% black-owned and managed with over 25 years combined experience.
WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE KEY CHALLENGES FOR TRANSFORMATION IN YOUR SECTOR?
Accessibility into a monopolised financial system that is ring-fenced by the historical relationships of a very few major role players in the property market.
WHAT ARE YOUR COMPANY’S KEY TRANSFORMATION MILESTONES?
As architects we endeavour to assist small to medium-sized black-owned companies (e.g. Construction, engineers, quantity surveyors, etc.) , due to the fact that we are at the forefront of a development. So we have made it our ethos to engage black professionals and artisans owning their businesses and actively providing them with opportunities to acquire contracts within the build relative to their strengths.
WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK THE NEW GENERATION OF BLACK LEADERS ARE GOING TO NEED?
Motivation, ability and skills (marketing, technology and design). Without these skills a business will find it very difficult to cross industries, which is required to be successful.
HOW HAS YOUR B-BBEE RATING BROUGHT YOU BUSINESS OR EXPANDED YOUR BUSINESS?
B-BBEE as an initiative has not really produced the fruits it should for small/medium-sized businesses, especially in the property sector. However, without B-BBEE I do not believe we would have received the opportunities we had. B-BBEE has given us opportunities with larger corporations, due to their compliance requirements and it also makes us eligible to apply for tenders.
IS THE DRIVE FOR SUSTAINABILITY CHANGING THE WAY YOU DO BUSINESS? HOW?
Yes. A sustainable design has 3 main social benefits – quality of life, reducing the carbon footprint, increasing the lifespan of buildings and improving the health of the people who live and work within them
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