Living Planet Architects was established in 2011. We are a client-friendly; project friendly and contractor-friendly team that believes in creating and adding exceptional value to all the projects we are chosen to be involved with.

Derek Lubbe is the founding member of the Living Planet Architects practice. He has a wealth of experience gained over a professional career that spans longer than 25 years. Having played a role on some of the biggest building projects in South Africa right down to humble rural schools in disadvantaged landscapes, he has a keen eye to problem-solving and an intuitive approach to creative solutions. 


Derek believes that the right team is always stronger than the individual and only through this cohesion of intelligence can we promote exiting, yet appropriate designs to create a built environment that will not only benefit but also inspire the end-user. He is always aware of current design trends but strongly advocates an original design approach.


His architectural skills were honed under the watchful eyes of his peers at Margolus Dukes and Smith (MDS) Architecture in Sandton where he was appointed as Partner. To be closer to his family, he accepted the position as Senior Associate at Boogertman and Partners for a brief period in Pretoria before starting Living Planet Architects.

Some of Derek's notable project involvement includes:

Hemmingway's Casino & Hotel Resort, East London

The Ridge Casino and Hotel, Witbank

Palm Gate Luxury Apartments, Umhlanga Ridge

Saint Raphael High Rise Apartments (37 floors), The Point, Durban

Design of the 87 storey Liberty Tower, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Wesbank and FNB Homeloans at Fairlands, Randburg

Derek is well versed with various architectural disciplines including Commercial; Retail; Hospitality & Hotels; Leisure & Lodges; Conference & Auditoriums; Educational; Religious and Residential projects

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