Karen Newman 

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Karen Newman launched NEWMAN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN studio upon her return from London in 1996, where she started her career as an architect.

In South Africa she has drawn inspiration from the wealth of vernacular architectural

references, the big sky environment and the variety of clients that have worked with


Karen believes that good architecture should not blindly follow trends; that the essence of successful design lies in understanding the real needs of the client and interpreting them creatively. Karen has built a strong team around her, and Newman Architecture & Design strives to create buildings that are sensitive to their surroundings, enhance the space that they occupy, and are mindful of the needs of those who will inhabit them. This sound design philosophy is reflected in numerous projects throughout South Africa and beyond.

- B Build (1987 - UPE)

- B Arch (1989 - UPE)

Registered Architect in United Kingdom         (ARB)

- Registered Architect in South Africa                 (SA Council for Architectural Professionals)

- Member of the RIBA (Royal Institute of             British Architects)

- Member of SA Institute of Architects 

- Member of the Cape Town Institute of             Architects

Tamsyn Bowren


Tamsyn Bowren joined NEWMAN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN studio in 2014 after working in Southern and East Africa working in safari lodge design.


With a Masters in Interior Architecture (Florence, Italy), Tamsyn is able to offer a full turn-key service, which incorporates all elements of design including floors, walls, lighting, joinery and furnishings resulting in successful “form and function” optimization in each project. Tamsyn is able to understand the architect’s vision, interpret the needs of the client, and as such enhances the integrity of a building.


Tamsyn’s design philosophy recognizes that each project is a unique reflection of the client’s personality, and should both fuel passion and move seamlessly through time. Tamsyn wants her clients to feel excited in an environment that is as familiar as it is functional, as well as inspirational.

- Interior Design (NMMU - 2008)

- Masters Interior Design (Florence Design        Academy - 2011)

After completing his Masters in Architecture at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2011, Duncan has gained extensive and varied experience in public, private and commercial architecture.


He believes that architectural design takes shape when context, brief and design intent is clearly understood. Duncan is of the opinion that well composed and timeless structures are built when careful consideration is given to the site and its natural environment. 

Since joining NEWMAN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN in 2016, Duncan continues to strive for excellence in design while understanding his clients’ specific needs. This means his technical focus is carried through from concept to completion.

Duncan Macaskill

- Bachelor of Architectural Studies
  (BAS, 2007 - 2009)
- Masters of Architectural Studies
  (M. Arch (Prof),  2010-2011)
- SACAP registered professional architect            (2014)