Educated at the University of the Witwatersrand Sundeep Jivan is registered as a professional architect with SACAP. As the founder and principle architect of SAJ ARCHITECTS, the organisation’s inception dates back to 2006 in response to the dynamic changes with the South African environment. The company’s foundation stems from a love and passion for the built environment and how the built environment affects and can impact the lives of all people around and within it. His experience encompasses a wide range of projects, including hospitals, clinics, courthouses, transportation, rail, pharmaceutical, food manufacturing plants and luxury housing. Within these years of experience, focus and research has also been placed on passive solar design strategies. The company is passionate about skills development and focuses on the employment of young architects. They also have an associate model that focuses on ‘’best of breed’’. As sessional faculty at the WITS School of Architecture he had the opportunity to attend a global Sustainable Development course which also focused on the UN Millennium Development Goals at La Sapienza University in Rome. He was also awarded a fellowship to work with the UN in Kenya, on the Lake Victoria water and Sanitation Initiative. He also attended the 2015 renewable energy conference in Delhi, India which looked at all aspects of renewable energy and how these systems can be implemented, as well as the global challenges around renewable energy across emerging markets.
To be the preferred architectural provider of choice
In terms of leading edge design and energy solutions that create sustainable
impact and meaningful environmental change for all users of the built environment.
To be the preferred architectural provider of choice in terms of leading edge design and energy
solutions that create sustainable impact and meaningful environmental change for all users of the built environment.
As an organization we constantly focus on ongoing research within the sustainable development space. We look at the Return on Impact (ROI) on the built environment and sustainable strategies. We focus on the following areas in terms of our integrated sustainability approach:
1.Site and Context – Does the design take into consideration specific climatic conditions and its environmental context?
2.Energy Conservation – How do we optimise the use of energy, and how do we integrate renewable energy systems into the design through active and passive design strategies?
3.Water Efficiency – How do we look at water efficiency within the plant and optimise its use as well as reuse?
4.Material Optimisation – Are we using materials that will minimise the environmental impact of the building over its life cycle?
5.Waste Reduction – How do we minimise waste during the construction as well as the occupancy of the building, through management or technological systems?
6.Solar Efficiency – how do we make use of natural lighting strategies and reduce overall electricity consumption?