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Architecture Unplugged was established in 2015 as an architecture and design practice with now more than 15 years combined experience between the partners. Architecture Unplugged partners and collaborates with industry experts to maximise project success and quality.

We investigate innovative ideas and building models, not bound to conventional architectural dogma and endeavours to create sustainable and responsible design solutions for all projects. We strive to understand the brief holistically to appropriately design for the environmental, cultural and social context around it.

We have a strong commitment to the eco-sustainable and socially responsible design of buildings and places with acute awareness of the environmental impact.

What we do

Our approach to design and management is open communication and ensures that our projects are completed timeously. We keep up to date with technology, specifications and trends ensuring designs are current. Through enhancements in cloud computing technology and software, Architecture Unplugged is able operate from anywhere and collaborate with anyone. This affords us the opportunity to provide a hands-on approach to clients and offer greater quality assurance.

Architectural design

Architecture Unplugged strives for sustainability in design and keeps up to date with technology, specifications and trends ensuring designs are current. We provide a full or partial service depending on the clients needs.


We provide masterplanning services for clients to create a clear overall vision of a project or development. This can be used to help successfully market and implement developments.

Property marketing & Visualisations

We create high quality visual content such as still and video renderings that can be used for property marketing and advertising.


Architecture Unplugged assists with viability studies to help determine at an early stage what the financial success of developments or projects can be.

Who we are

Violanda Nel


Graduated in 2011 with a Master’s Degree in Architecture. 

Violanda is a registered Professional Architect since 2013 and has since formed part of design teams on projects ranging from office upgrades and spatial norms to specialised building designs including, auditoria & laboratories and has worked with international consultant and contractors.

Jarred Paddey


Graduated in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in Architecture.

Jarred is a registered Professional Architect since 2015 with special interest in eco-sustainable and socially responsible design. Jarred has experience in a wide spectrum of projects ranging from urban design and precinct planning, feasibility studies, housing including sustainable architecture.

Who we work with

Architecture Unplugged consults to an architectural firm in America as part of an ongoing international collaboration, as well as to various South African architectural firms to add expertise and capacity to ongoing projects.

Client feedback

"Dit was aangenaam om saam met julle te werk. Alles het seepglad verloop, wat nie altyd die geval is tydens bou-projekte nie".
Martin Botha
Residential addition in Glen Eagle Estate, Kempton Park 2018
“Architecture unplugged was employed at early stages of Witrivier Mall and Cotswold Square to translate already modelled Revit projects into building plan drawings for submission to City Council. Their level of reliability honesty and attention to detail were exemplary”.
Pieter Jooste | JLDesign
Retail architecture, Witrivier & Durban 2018
“Over the last year I’ve had the privilege of working with Violanda Nel and Jarred Paddey at Architecture Unplugged. Despite a separation of nine time zones and 16,000km the team at Architecture Unplugged provides Apollo with the resources and skills necessary to keep our practice successful. The Apollo and AU team have collaborated on three projects thus far including a large residence in Dallas, a cabin on a small island and a fully appointed gatehouse for one of the wealthiest men in the world. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Architecture Unplugged”.
Paul Schlachter | Apollo design studio | usa
ongoing projects 2018/2019

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