Mike Louw completed his BArch degree at the University of Pretoria in 1998. He worked as an Architect in the United Kingdom for two years where he was involved with large commercial projects before returning to South Africa to join the team of CMAI Architects where he became a Director in 2006. Mike was Design and Project Architect for more than seventy houses in the southern Cape and he fulfilled the same role for a number of commercial buildings in the area, including the adaptive re-use of the Parking Shed, the Sawtooth Building, the Monorail bridges and the Turbine Hotel & Spa on Thesen Islands. He was part of the design and implementation teams for a number of large mixed-use developments, including Thesen Islands, Pezula Private Estate and Crossways Farm Village.
He attended the Glenn Murcutt Master Class in Australia in 2005 and he also completed a postgraduate MPhil degree in Sustainable Development Planning and Management at the University of Stellenbosch. His research interests include the relationship between contemporary and traditional techniques in the making of architecture, temporality, technology and design-build practices. Mike co-convenes the Adapt! Design Research Studio in the BAS Honours and MArch (Prof) programmes, and the second year Technology course in the BAS programme at the University of Cape Town’s School of Architecture, Planning & Geomatics. He was also the project leader for the school’s annual Imizamo Yethu design-build project from 2012 – 2017.