The Förtsch+Associates team works together creating innovative design, high quality technical detailing and responsible project administration services to provide clients with lasting investments in property they can be proud of. The partnership is built up from the synergy created by the complimentary skills and experience of its two partners; Reiner Förtsch as Architect and Barry du Plessis as construction law specialist and project administrator, as well as a highly motivated technical and adminsitrative team to support them in the drive to create high quality architecture both in design and in the final built product.

The partners chose to move to Nelspruit in 1998 to participate in and complete the Mpumalanga Provincial Government complex as Senior Design and co-ordinating architect and Senior Project Manager respectively - Since the completion of the project in 2001, the partners have chosen to remain in Nelspruit and explore the opportunities in the Lowveld area and established their own partnership in 2003.

The partnership has grown from strength to strength and have since then been responsible for the design and project management of a wide variety of successful building projects such as commercial offices, hotels, high density residential apartments, private residences, urban design projects, restuarants and the development of private residential estates.

Förtsch+Associates Architects have built up a client base of respected individuals and organizations who share in the common goal of producing lasting quality architecture in harmony with the environment and developing projects that define excellence.

Our Goals:

  • Produce world class architecture for clients in the Lowveld region and major South African and international cities – building on our existing reputation of producing quality architecture, high quality technical detailing, and strict application of quality control principles on site and effective project contract administration.
  • Maintain high standards of creativity in design and project management services to our clients and constantly explore new technologies and methods to achieve above average architecture that enhances the environment and the investment value of property and the living environment of its people.
  • Continuously educate ourselves and maintain a keen eye for contracts and dedicate ourselves to drive any project to successful completion within budget and time constraints, guiding our clients safely through the potential pitfalls of construction contracts.
  • Create architecture in harmony with the environment – responsible to nature and its various complexities and sensitivities - and protect the future of the planet. We are affiliated with the Green Building Council of South Africa and apply environmentally responsible and energy efficient principles in our designs.




Reiner Förtsch - B Arch (Pta) Arch (SA) MI Arch

Principal Design Architect

Reiner Förtsch completed his Bachelors degree in Architecture in 1989 and received the Corobrick design prize as well as the conservation prize for his final year thesis. He is a member of the South African Council for the architectural Profession (Membership No. 5659) as well as member of the South African Institute of Architects (Membership No. 6442) and Mpumalanga Institute of Architects, the latter of which he was appointed as vice president in 2008 and president in 2009. He served as an external examiner for the Univertsity of Pretoria final year architectural students in 2009. Reiner leads the practice with his coveted design skills, and dynamic vision which he adds to each project, as well as his attention to detail and his strive for perfection in aesthetics.  




Barry du Plessis - N. Dip Arch (Natal), N H DIP Arch (Wits) Cert Arb (A.Arb)

Contract Administration, Project Management, Practice & Financial Management

Barry du Plessis qualified at the Technikon Natal and Wits completing his National Diploma and National Higher diploma in architectural technology respectively. In 1997 he commenced his B.Tech in Architectural Management studies at Wits and completed his certificate of specialisiation in construction law through the Association of South African Arbitrators. Having worked on major buidling contracts as project manager and principal agent his entire carreer, he has specialised in the field of contract administration and project and practice management. He specialises in architectural detailing and design technology, has a keen passion for the art of architecture worldwide.   


Adelé Henning

Financial Administration and Personal Assistant to Directors

Adelé Henning recently joined the Förtsch+Associates team and is the friendly face of the practice with her positive attitude and professionalism. She currently assists the partners in practice and financial management and serves as personal assistant to both partners.







Franco Venter

Architectural Technologist

Franco joined the practice in 2008 and is a highly skilled architectural technologist fully versed in the latest computer aided design packages. Franco manages the electronic information in the office as well as the various CAD systems and produces high quality technical documentation as well as 3D renderings for his assigned projects under the direction of the partners. 



Sam Mokwena

Architectural Technologist

Sam is fully versed in ArchiCAD, AutoCAD and other professional CAD packages and in conjunction with the team produces high quality technical drawings and details. He has completed his 3rd year at the Tswane University of Tehnology and is currently part of the Fortsch+Associates team as part of his in service training.