Our History

ACG History

ACG ARCHITECTS & DEVELOPMENT PLANNERS is a recognized leading practice with offices in Cape Town.

ACG was established in 1993, by Malcolm Campbell and Hassan Asmal, and has become one of the leading black owned architectural practices in South Africa, with a BBEEE Level 1 status.

ACG is an established architectural practice with an extensive portfolio of work that ranges from modest affordable housing solutions to complex health facilities, prestigious public buildings, urban design and landscape architecture. ACG strives to consistently produce work of a high standard and is geared towards constantly improving management skills to ensure that high levels of service are offered to clients.

In addition to an established track record of pushing boundaries and finding innovative solutions, the work of ACG is grounded in a strong ‘developmental’ ethos, which involves seeking ways to actively contribute to economic and social development & ensuring measurable growth in terms staff, client and community development.

A number of ACG’s buildings have featured in local and international publications. ACG has specialised expertise in low cost housing and community development projects. They are able to deliver innovative briefs, through stakeholder participation, which address organisational development and strategic planning prerequisites in an holistic manner.

With ACG, it’s more than just about Architecture. As architects, urban designers and landscape architects, we provide a holistic approach to design ensuring that buildings and spaces are for and about people, while having a positive social and sustainable impact on the Cityscape.

We understand the importance of engaging with communities so that any project is beneficial to that community.

Our Directors

Hassan Asmal

Director - Architect

B.Arch (UCT)
Pr Arch MI Arch

President of South African Institute of Architects

Vice President of the African Union of Architects, Region South

President of the Organizing Committee UIA World Congress Durban

Founding Board member of the Green Building Council

Hassan is responsible for architectural design and the international projects portfolio of the firm.

Malcolm Campbell

Director - Architect

B.Arch (UCT)
MSc Urban Development Planners (University College London) cum laude
Pr Arch MI Arch

President of the South African Council for the Architectural Profession

President of the Council for the Built Environment

Member of the Commonwealth Association of Architects Validation Panel.

Malcolm is responsible for architectural and urban design. He is also responsible for development planning and leads the social and affordable housing unit.

Shameez Mohamed

Finance Director

B.Tech (Cape University of Technology)
Member of the Institute of Accounting and Commerce
Registered as an Accounting Officer.
Shameez is responsible for overseeing the finances & administration of the firm.

Ilham Gabier

Director - Landscape Architect

BAS (UCT); MLA (UCT); Pr L Arch
• Registered with the S.A. Council for the Landscape Architectural Profession
• Member of the SACLAP Council (2013 – Current)
• Member of the Institute for Landscape Architecture in South Africa (ILASA)
• Member of the ILASA Cape Local Organising Committee (2013 – current)
Ilham is responsible for the Landscape Architecture unit & assists with Architectural and Urban Design work.