Craig McClenaghan Architecture is a dynamic design studio in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Established in 2016, the studio pursues an interest in contemporary architectural design and includes architecture, master-planning, exhibition development, interiors and landscape, often involving multidisciplinary collaborations with researchers, writers, artists, and curators. Craig’s prior experience as senior architect at Mashabane Rose Associates established an interest in narrative heritage projects, and between 2003 and 2016 Craig led several ‘cultural’ building and exhibition projects including the Origins Centre (2005), Liliesleaf (2008), Golden Gate Dinosaur Museum (2009), Trevenna Commercial Campus (2010), Laager Theatre (2015) and Engraved Rock Gallery (2016) as well as several large-scale design competitions such as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Spier Arts Centre, Lebone ii College of the Royal Bafokeng, Pan African Parliament and Anglo American ‘Re-Invention.’
A strong relationship between drawing and making is encouraged in the studio’s creative ethos and a broad spectrum of content is explored through photography, collage and drawing. In addition to the production of rigorous digital architectural drawing, Craig’s abstract technical hand drawings use text, line and repetition as a construction methodology through which to explore, translate and represent.
Craig teaches periodically at the University of Johannesburg’s Post-Graduate School of Architecture (GSA) and has been a regular guest lecturer, competition adjudicator and external examiner at the University of Witwatersrand’s Faculty of Architecture and Planning.