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Kate Otten is part of a generation of significant architects working in the South African space.  Pursuing a ‘philosophy of the ordinary’, her buildings are born out of the South African context, weaving together materials, skills, politics, light, and landscape to create places that feed and nurture the human spirit.    Kate believes that buildings have an emotional presence – ‘fulfilling the emotional and spiritual needs of the users is as important as creating a functional space.’


Graduating from the University of the Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, Kate set up her own practice in 1989.  Kate Otten Architects has subsequently developed into a singular practice with a varied body of work, including important public buildings and places of memory. Kate is an active member of several professional bodies, maintains involvement with architectural education, and is deeply passionate about promoting the contribution of women to the profession. Her work has been widely published and has won numerous awards locally and internationally.