Architecture with you in mind.

CLD Architects consists of a core, effective team passionate about what we do. We specialize in simplistic design solutions with a focus on practicality & functionality. We take great pride in delivering projects on time and within budget. We believe in an open and transparent process where the client is involved in every stage, guiding the results and ensuring that the final outcome exceed client expectations.

What we offer

Stages & Work Flow

Stage 1


Developing a Clear Project Brief
During the inception phase, we develop a clear project brief, appoint a consultant team and establish the specific site’s attributes including the physical, social and cultural context.

Stage 2

Concept & Viability

Project concept
During the concept stage, we prepare the concept design based on the client’s brief to portray the essence of the idea, including the narrative around the key driving influencers of the design.

Stage 3

Design Development

Develop the Approved Concept
During this stage, we develop the approved concept to finalise the design. Outline specifications, cost plan, financial viability and documentation programme for the project.

Stage 4

Documentation & Procurement

Prepare, Approval & Construction Documentation
During this stage, we confirm and implement the programme for the execution of the project and Submit drawings to local authorities for approval.

Stage 5


Manage, Administer & Monitor the Contracts & Processes
During the construction phase, we administer the contracts and processes. Issue construction documentation and attend regular site, technical and progress meetings.

Stage 6

Close Out

Fulfill & Complete the Project Close Out
During the close out phase, we fulfil and complete the project close-out including the preparation of the necessary documentation to facilitate effective completion, handover and operation of the project.

House Grishkoff

Jason & Kelly Grishkoff Stage 1-3

Leon’s contemporary vision presented our future house in a way we couldn’t have imagined ourselves . That’s exactly what we were looking for when we approached his team, and the result exceeded expectations.

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House Gillate

Simon & Jane Gillate Stage 1-6

When Leon asked if we would write a testimonial for their company CLD Architects we didn’t hesitate.
When we decided to build a house to our needs and budget, we required someone who could understand us while we remained in the UK and the design and build is in the Cape Winelands. We were not able to be present on-site or available for regular face-to-face meetings. We met a few architects and decided to go with Leon as he had the same vision to combine excellence in quality and design while still achieving value for money. We wanted to limit the budget where it made sense to allow us to put more resources where the investment would be worthwhile.

After giving Leon a list of requirements of must-haves and nice-to-haves, he quickly went away and worked up a design. We were able to keep in touch with the progress …

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House Schoonraad

George & Jess Schoonraad Stage 1-4

We found CLD Architects and especially Leon Rust himself, to be extremely helpful, positive and friendly from the very outset of our plans for a renovation project of our home.
We had no idea where or how to even begin and he took the time to advise and steer us through the entire process from the beginning to the very end.
He was very receptive of our ideas and captured our imagination perfectly with what we had in mind. He made sure to get exactly what we needed / wanted and made the most of the space / layout available to us with an innovative and clever approach to the design. He provided a first class, friendly and helpful service that we would highly recommend to anyone.

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House Schlieper

Bernd Schlieper Stage 1-6

Leon understands your ideas quickly and brings them to paper adding his own experience to it. Planning is just a pleasure. When it comes to council, heritage and neighbours Leon is experienced and smart as well. He gives everything to fight your plans through. Building, usually a pain, is accompanied by weekly site meetings that limit bad surprises to a minimum.

We love the outcome, a stunning extension to our beautiful Victorian home!

In short, Leon is very passionate about what he does and a nice guy too. We highly recommend him and would definitely build with him again. Hope he will not be too busy then 🙂

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