Johnny Wilken

Johnny Wilken

New York, NY, US

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My passion for design has been prevalent from an early age; buildings and spaces have always fascinated me. Today, as an architect, I am even more energized and excited by architecture and the worlds we design for others. 

During my career I have increasingly gravitated towards exploring the balance between preserving historical significance while maximizing the functionality of the modern needs. My designs stem from a serious consideration of preservation and recycling, when introducing modern and contemporary elements to breathe new life into buildings and spaces. 

My design philosophy is grounded in the believe that, as architects, we have a duty to preserve the layers of time, to ensure that we leave a rich architectural heritage for future generations. 

I am inspired by different cultures, traditions and landscapes which I love to photograph during my travels. Having recently moved to New York City, I am excited to learn from its rich history and am thrilled by the prospect to play a part in shaping some of its architectural future.



Urban Concepts, Cape Town, ZA, Architect

After obtaining a MArch degree in 2010, I rejoined Urban Concepts in
Cape Town. I have continued working for them remotely since moving to
the USA. I worked as design architect on medium to large scaled projects,
across the urban design, architecture and interior architecture disciplines.
Memberships includes:
SACAP - South African Council of Architects
VASSA - Vernacular Architecture Society of South Africa

Jan 2011 - current

dhk Urban Concepts, Cape Town, ZA, Junior Architect

The University of the Free State recomends a gap year for students
who wish to continue their studies in architecture upon completion
of the Bachelor of Architecture degree. During my gap year, I joined
dhk Urban Concepts, where I worked as a junior architect at their
urban design department.
Responsibilities includes: Sketch design, 3D visual model
interpretations, technical drawings, presentation drawings, etc.

Jan 2007 - Dec 2008


University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, ZA, MArch, Architecture

Jan 2009 - Dec 2010

University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, ZA, BArch, Architecture

Jan 2004 - Dec 2006

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