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Anthony Orelowitz

DIRECTOR: PARAGON GROUP

Anthony completed his B. Arch in 1990 and his MBA in 1994 at the University of the Witwatersrand, specialising in Property Finance. He has been in private practice since 1996, and co-founded Paragon Architects (Pty) Ltd in October 1997 with Henning Rasmuss.

In 2002, he acquired Tectoniqua (Pty) Ltd with Marilize van Dyk and Henning Rasmuss. Rebranded as Paragon Interface in 2009, this entity concentrates on commercial interior architecture, often working in synergy with Paragon Architects. In 2013, Anthony formed Paragon Architects South Africa with Henning Rasmuss and Thulani Sibande.

His experience as property financier at Standard Bank has afforded him valuable insight into structured project finance, the imperatives of budgetary controls, and accountability towards clients and project stakeholders.

Anthony’s core expertise is as design director and project principal on complex and fast-track projects that rely on cost engineering and workshopped construction solutions. With design and value engineering as his core skills, he works with the Paragon team to ensure cost-efficient delivery of technically complex architectural solutions such as the Sasol building on Katherine Street in Sandton. He is committed to driving leadership in innovation, and his projects have pioneered the use of various material systems including unitized panels, double glazed units, and paper-thin stone tiles.

Anthony has the ability to work flexibly in any type of team constellation and, as a good communicator, adds value to team-based development processes. He believes in the importance of empowering Paragon’s staff to take control and ownership of projects. This consultative approach has benefitted the company as it continues to grow. In addition, he is committed to mentoring, working with students at Paragon and serving time as external examiner.

Alexander Forbes - Paragon Architects

Anthony’s dedication and hands-on approach have been instrumental in securing the numerous awards for which Paragon’s buildings are renowned. Previous completed works include:

The Alexander Forbes building (2012), a 85,000m2 development with a 4-star Green Star SA Design certification that was awarded both the 3rd prize in the Casalgrande Grande Prix in 2016, and the AfriSam SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2014;

All six buildings in the Alice Lane precinct including the 24,000m2 Norton Rose Fulbright building (2010), the 43,240m2 Alice Lane Phase 1 building for Marsh (2013), and the 53,000m2 Alice Lane Annex (2014);

140 West Street, a 78,000m² commercial development in Sandton that achieved a 4-Star Green Star SA Office V1 Design certification.

Driven by a concern for the quality of life of the people who occupy Paragon’s buildings, Anthony is currently responsible for the 5-Star Green Star SA certified, 168,000m² Sasol Corporate Office; and the 4-Star Green Star SA certified, 70,000m² mixed-used Alice Lane Phase 3 development for Bowman Gilfillan, both in Sandton.