Tim Hewitt-Coleman


Tim is a founding Director of noh ARCHITECTS.

Tim (as part of the dedicated team he leads) is the proud recipient of many awards, including a SAIA National Award of Merit, The Fulton Award for excellence in concrete design, an ECIA Award of Commendation and three ECIA Regional Awards of Merit

He is past president of the Eastern Cape Institute of Architects (est.1901)

He is a past board member of the South African Institute of Architects.

Tim studied at the Nelson Mandela University under the direction of Prof Danie Theron.

He graduated in 1993, completing a treatise on The Role of the Urban Trader’s Market in Poverty Alleviation.

In the early 1990’s Tim plunged himself into the role of “Developmental Architect”. These early years were spent in Townships and Rural areas, meeting with ordinary people, project steering committees, Local Negotiating Groups and Social Compacts, building modest, but desperately needed, community and education projects.

In 1996, Tim taught design at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. The experience with the University was enriching and the inclination to teach continues with ongoing contributions of time to the university (Tim served for two years on the Advisory Board of the Nelson Mandela University School of Architecture)

In 1997 Tim joined Sindile Ngonyama and Innocent Okpanum to form noh Architects (known then as Ngonyama Okpanum Hewitt-Coleman) With the passage of time, Tim is now the sole director at noh Architects (Sindile sadly passed away in 2021 and Innocent spends most of his time giving back to the profession by teaching young and aspiring Architects in Nigeria)

Tim’s focus has been the building the practice in the Eastern Cape, where he (and his partners) has taken the firm from start up to the point where it was, by 2010, the largest practice in the Eastern Cape.

Tim is focused on the social dimension of the built environment, embracing and pursuing excellence in Green Building, Urban Renewal, Pedestrianization and Public Transport Design.

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