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Celebrating 20 years of signature designs and exceptional company culture

What is company culture? Well, Wikipedia defines it as the “behaviour of humans within an organisation and the meaning that people attach to those behaviours.”

At Francois Marais Architects, our culture is our brand. We are not a team because we work together, we are a team because we trust, respect and care for one another. And it’s because of this respect that there’s hardly ever been a major office argument – even when the year’s workload has been high-paced and non-stop!

So what do you do after a hectic year? You have a year-end function and team bonding experience like no other. Something creative and adventurous, with a little pizzazz. Just like our company!

A complete surprise

Nobody knew what was going to happen. The only information given to the team was a cryptic riddle. After a quick 5 a.m. flight to Durban and a short drive to the harbour, all was revealed. Surprise! We’re all going for a weekend cruise on the MSC Sinfonia!

It was everyone’s first time on a cruise liner, and what an amazing and relaxing experience it was. The perfect way to end a busy year!

Sharing unique and different experiences with your staff generate good vibes among them, which in turn benefits the business.” – Francois Marais, Owner

Only after the retreat did I realise how lucky I am to be a part of a company that values team bonding in a world where attention is so focused on making a client happy. Francois never forgets about his most valued assets: his employees. His super heroes!” – Annuscha van den Heever, FM Architects Cape Town