Mark Claypole

Former Partner / Current Shareholder

1982 - Current
1983 & 2013: ACZ & S

  • 1978: BAS, University of Natal, SA
  • 1981: BArch, University of Natal, SA
  • 1983: Registered Architect, Architects Council of Zimbabwe (ACZ)
  • 2013: Registered Architect, South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP)
  • 1979: Slater Hodnet & Partners, UK - Internship
  • 1984-1983: Architectural & Planning Studio, ZIM - Architectural Assistant (Roy Densem & Philip Smith)
  • 1983-1984: Charles Feigel Architect, SWI - Architectural Assistant
  • 1982-2004: Architectural & Planning Studio, ZIM - Partner (Mark Claypole, Andy Van De Ruit, Johnathan Atkinson). 
  • 2004-2009: Integrated Design Consultants (IDC), SA - Principal Architect
    • Lenteguer Railway Station upgrade, CT
    • Mandalay Railway Station upgrade, CT
    • Mfuleni Tuberculosis Clinic, CT
    • Refurbishment of Western Cape College of Nurses, CT
    • Extension to Strand Primary School, CT
  • 2006-Present: Fabians Architects, SA -  Architect
    • One & Only Hotel and Spa Resort, V&A Waterfront, CT
    • Roggebaai Urban Renewal, CT
    • 100 Buitengracht – Multi use retail & Apartment development, CT
    • The Vantage Apartments, Greenpoint, CT
    • Mouille point apartments, Green point, CT
    • The Cosmopolitan Apartments, Sea Point, Cape Town
    • Sable Square Shopping Centre, CT
    • Disa Primary School, Imizamo  Yethu, Hout Bay, CT. 
    • Mixed Use Development, CT
    • Atlantic Centre, Offices, CT
    • Granger Bay Court, V&A Waterfront, CT 
  • 2011- Present: Architectural & Planning Studio, ZIM - Non-executive Director (Mark Claypole, Graham Cochrane, Geoff Fox


Marks involvement with APS has spanned 3 consecutive generations.

Post Graduation he joined the newly founded practice of Architectural and Planning Studio, Zimbabwe, under the guidance of Roy Densem and Philip Smith. In 1983 continued his architectural experience in Switzerland for two years before returning in 1985, subsequently becoming a Partner in 1986. Andy Van de Ruit joined the partnership in 1987, followed by Roy Densem’s retirement in 1988. This partnership flourished until Andy’s tragic death in 2004, when Mark relocated to Cape Town, and the practice temporarily closed owing to the economic stagnation of the time.

From 2011 Mark entered into partnership with Graham Cochrane, followed closely by Geoff Fox, both  enthusiastic Architects with extensive local and international experience, to re-shape and steer the practice into its next chapter.   

Mark continues to take a keen interest in design projects and the running of the practice, providing mentorship and strategic guidance. He continues to practice as an Architect in Cape Town, SA in association with Fabians Architects, where he has completed numerous successful projects.

During his time with APS, an extensive and varied portfolio of projects have been successfully completed throughout Zimbabwe. These notably include:

  • The Zimbabwe Institute for Public Administration and Management (ZIPAM) Training Centre, Darwindale
  • World bank offices, Harare
  • Barclays Banks throughout Zimbabwe
  • ZESA Satelite offices throughout Zimbabwe
  • Catholic University, Harare
  • Stanbic Banks throughout Zimbabwe
  • BP & Shell integrated service stations throughout Zimbabwe
  • Engen Service Stations throughout Zimbabwe
  • Old Mutual offices, Harare
  • Peterhouse and Springvale Schools, Marondera
  • Arundel School, Harare
  • Chisipite Senior School, Harare
  • Petra Senior School, Bulawayo
  • The Drugs Control Authority laboratory and offices, Harare
  • The Public Services Medical Aid Society Headquarters (PSMAS), Harare, Bulawayo
  • Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority Headquarters, Harare
  • Truworths Headquarters, Harare
  • Prospect Park Business Park, Harare


Mark has a passion for the design and project management process that emphasises ‘integrated sustainable design’ in all buildings. 

Mark’s portfolio is extensive and covers all major building types and phases of the building process - He has vast experience as a Design Architect, Principle Agent and Project Manager.