Executive Chairman, dhk
Derick Henstra studied architecture at the University of Cape Town, before founding Derick Henstra Architects in 1983. dhk architects was established in 1998 to form one of the largest multi-disciplinary architectural design companies in South Africa, with offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.
Derick is the Executive Chairman of dhk, and as Design Principal together with founding partner Peter Fehrsen takes an active role in the design development of the company’s projects across the board.
dhk maintains a design-led studio approach, and its portfolio includes a range of projects across the commercial, residential, hospitality and retail sectors. The company has completed projects in locations throughout South Africa, as well as Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Angola, Tanzania, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Ghana, Seychelles, and Mauritius as well as several projects in Europe and USA.
Derick regularly presents public lectures on his work and continues to be involved in architectural education through various academic advisory boards, crits and examinations. Derick often takes on a pro-bono advisory role for different social development projects in local communities.
His passion lies in the pursuit of good architecture and design and under his leadership dhk has a firmly established reputation as an innovative design-driven commercial architecture company.