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We provide architectural, construction project management and consulting services in and around Ballito, Salt Rock, Sheffield and surrounding residential estates

Bridgewater Spencer Architecture was founded in 2004 and is based on the KwaZulu Natal North Coast, South Africa.


We are a small team of professionals and that specialize in creating residential homes that balance both our client’s needs and that of the environment in a sustainable way.

Our studio mantra is “Function over Form” to ensure we create liveable, practical and environmentally conscious homes that acknowledge context.


We also appreciate that homes are often the single largest individual asset for many families and are especially mindful to craft homes that not only meet the current needs of our clients but that would also appeal to future homeowners, where return of investment is factor.
As a locally based Architect firm on the KZN North Coast, Bridgewater Spencer are valued members on the Architecture Review Committee that oversee and approve plans for the following estates:

  • Simbithi Eco Estate;

  • Brettenwood Coastal Estate;

  • Dunkirk Estate;

  • Hilltop Estate; and

  • Prince's Grant Golf Estate.


In addition, we are also accredited Architects for Zimbali Coastal Resort, Gowrie Farm, Zululami Estate as well as Palm Lakes Estates.
Our proximity and thorough appreciation of the building codes for each of these estates and the requirements of the municipality, allow us to consider and work to conforming designs from the outset. This not only allows for shorter than average submission to approval turnaround times but avoids many of associated frustrations of having to resize and remove features from your home.

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BArch UP, Pr Arch, MSc (Project Management) UP


Having completed my BArch at the University of Pretoria in 2001, I later obtained a Masters’ degree in Construction Project Management (2007 - UP) and was awarded the Top Student Prize by the Charted Institute of Building. 


In 2004, I left Pretoria and was drawn to the climate, people and overall lifestyle of the KZN North Coast. I founded Bridgewater Spencer Architecture​ as the Principle Architect in that year.  


I have been a registered Professional Architect with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession since 2004 (membership number 7002) and am also member of the KwaZulu Natal Institute of Architects.


When I am not at my desk or on site you can find me in the kitchen cooking up a storm, playing passable hockey or walking my Schnauzers.



Dip (Architectural Draughting) INTEC

Having been born and raised in the area, Avinash is a local as it comes. Through hard work, he obtained his INTEC diploma in Architectural Draughting in 2012.

Avinash joined Bridgewater Spencer Architecture in March 2015, as a Candidate Draftsman and became a Professional Architectural Draftsman in March 2017.
His friendly nature, attention to detail and technical experience in various Residential, Industrial, Educational and Government projects make him a great asset to the Architecture practice.
Avinash is also our key contact person to meet with building supply representatives and to collate all new innovative materials that come to market which could be incorporated into the building design or construction of new homes.


My core strength is the ability to listen to my clients in order to work out a design solution which is tailor made to their dreams, financial situation and unique site.


“My first dealings with an architect turned into such a nightmare that I nearly gave up on building our dream home, then a friend told me to go and see Wendy and see if she could help. Not feeling very positive after many meetings and months of frustration with the previous architect I decided to phone her.

Within minutes I knew she was the lady for the job as the weight lifted from my shoulders and my nightmare turned into a dream again. She has a gift to understand the client’s needs and by mixing it with her refreshing ideas she gets the job done. I was so excited to see our ideas put to paper and with her input the design is kept simple and cost effective yet unique, leaving you with a feeling that you are creating a very special home.

People are quick to say that a good build starts with a solid foundation, I say it begins with the architect!

Thank you Wendy for turning our dreams into a 3D plan, we cannot wait to move into our new home.”