Our Story
Established in 1887, Paton Taylor Architects stands as one of the oldest practices of architects in the country, and today boasts a young, dynamic team leaving its mark on contemporary and relevant architecture, both local and international. This energy is steered by directors Ian Bell, Dennis-lee Stols and Lauren Haiden. All three directors graduated Cum Laude and as top graduates of their respective years at university, each achieving provincial recognition. In recent years Paton Taylor Architects have received numerous awards of merit for their buildings, including second place at the World Architecture Awards in Berlin in 2002. Paton Taylor Architects have also won a large proportion of their appointments by winning architectural competitions which is further substantiation of the calibre of the practice.
Our credo, “Excellence through Partnership" summarizes the company's philosophy. Each project is considered as a partnership between client, consultants, contractor and user. The ultimate focus is excellence.

The practice is committed to innovation, exciting architectural design and projects that reflect original thinking, harnessed to the best traditions of design. Strong emphasis is placed on the necessity of keeping to budgets, remaining on schedule and working within affordable eco- nomic constraints. The team for each project is carefully selected and each team is headed by a principal architect with a director, ensuring a close association with clients throughout the process.
Paton Taylor Architects have various specialists within the practice that bring the necessary expertise and diversity required to drive projects forward. Over the last decade the practice has successfully delivered industrial developments, including major distribution centres, shopping centres, office buildings, hotels, sports stadia, private schools, residential buildings, churches, call centres and wine farm estates.
Our Legacy

The practice was born and grown around the greater Natal region, where it was responsible for the railways buildings and stations from Durban to Pietermaritzburg. Many of them, including the original Durban Station building, still stand today as fine examples of the practices contribution to the architectural fabric in the province.

The calibre of architecture led to commissions for many significant buildings including the Pietermaritzburg City Hall, Durban's Emanuel Cathedral, the Greenacres Building, Durban Country Club and many of Durbans elite homes on the Berea and further afield. By the 1940's the practice had been documented in J Perree Masters of Architecture dissertation (1996) and many of the drawings are kept in the Barrie Bierman library at the School of Architecture UKZN.

During the late 1980's, Paton Taylor Architects were responsible for numerous developments such as the Royal Hotel (Durban), EG Malherbe Library (UKZN), Marriott - KPMG Head Offices (Durban), Natal Tecnikon - Berea Road campus, Beacon Sweets factories, country wide, as well as notable buildings that included the Durban Reserve bank and the NBS Kingsmead Head Office.
The current directors are conscious that they are merely bearers of the 130 year old baton of legacy carefully envisioned and started by William Street-Wilson. The practice is committed to the highest level of architecture, not only within their offices, but also in participating in the development of the future architects of the region.

Our Team

Level 2, Stadium Building
Lion Match Office Park
892 Umgeni Road,
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal 4001, ZA
t: +27(0) 31 313 1070