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MLH ARCHITECTS AND PLANNERS

Established:

Architect



List of Structures

Some background as to how MLH came into being:

Originally the firm was called RHODES-HARRISON HOFFE AND PARTNERS. In the early 1960's Prof. EWN MALLOWS was a consultant to the firm.

When he joined the firm after retiring as Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at WITS University he was a consultant to the Standard Bank Corporation as well as to Anglo-American and South African Breweries who were in a joint venture for the Carlton Center development in downtown Johannesburg. Soon thereafter Leslie LOUW a talented architect from Cape Town joined the partnership and the firm became RHODES-HARRISON LOUW HOFFE AND PARTNERS. There was an extended period of time when George RHODES-HARRISON took a leave of absence from the firm with full benefits which most of the partners thought to be inequitable and as a consequence decided to part company with RHODES-HARRISON. Prof. MALLOWS tried to broker a reconciliation between RHODES-HARRISON and the rest of the partners (Harry HOFFE and Andre HOFFE, Michael SIMPSON, William BIRRER in Johannesburg and Leslie LOUW, Brian ORME and Albert FAURE in Cape Town and David HAMILTON in Durban. He was unsuccessful and George RHODES-HARRISON left the firm with two of his senior associates (Robin FEE and Peter BOLD) and started his own firm (RHODES-HARRISON, FEE AND BOLD). The remaining partners then asked Prof. MALLOWS to remain with them and the firm of MALLOWS, LOUW, HOFFE AND PARTNERS came into being (MLH AND PARTNERS) with offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban and later with Mel VON BROEMBSEN in Port Elizabeth.

This from memory by Wilfrid MALLOWS' son Anthony (also an architect and planner) who worked in both the Johannesburg and Cape Town offices of MLH in the mid 1970's before leaving South Africa to complete graduate studies in architecture and city planning at MIT in the USA where he now lives.

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.