WMS aims to use internationally recognised energy efficiency guidelines to complete projects on time and within budget, using its signature design style to create memorable spaces.



The company was established in 1989 and has grown and evolved since then

We are based in Pretoria, providing architectural and design solutions across South Africa to both commercial and private clients. We create designs that exceed your imagination and expectations.

We are a small firm with 12 staff members, but our experience ranges over a wide spectrum of architecture which enables us to handle any project, irrespective of the size or complexity. Our dynamic team is made up of talented and dedicated professionals that range in age, experience and design focus. We believe in scalability and so make use of trusted external resources, should the project require it. This means a multitude of perspectives that bring our clients innovative and sustainable design solutions.

WMS aims to use internationally recognised energy efficiency guidelines to complete projects on time and within budget, using our signature design style to create memorable spaces. We do this by utilising the latest design technology and a total team approach, which means the talents of each team member is considered and incorporated into our designs. We have a strong focus on our internal relationships as this allows us to produce designs efficiently and effectively.  We value collaboration in our design process both internally, and with our clients. We offer a complete service from concept all the way through to occupancy.

The driving force of our company is to bolster energy efficiency without compromising on aesthetics. To achieve this, we take the following elements into consideration in all our designs:

  • Building orientation

  • Special glazing

  • Good daylight penetration

  • Motion sensors on light fittings

  • Energy and water usage metering equipment


  • Architecture that is energy efficient, modern and cost-effective, and fulfills our client’s needs.

  • Interior Design that is beautifully creative. We seek to complement the space with aesthetically pleasing furniture and other interior fittings designed by our interior designer.

  • Spatial Planning that ensures optimum use of the available floor area.

  • Project Management that is comprehensive to ensure that the building is constructed according to statutory regulations, detailed drawings and specifications, and within the timeframe and budget.


Wim registered as an architect in 1967 after completing his studies at the University of Pretoria. He was awarded with the prize for the most energy effective building and best-integrated architectural-engineering design in 1987 for Hatfield Christian Church Pretoria. He founded the practice, Wim Swart and Partners, in 1989. The company grew through the past 30 years into the current WMS Architects.


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