The architectural practice was established in 1984 by owner and founder Nico van der Meulen and his wife Santa. Nico grew up on a farm near the border between South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe, where he spent most of his childhood building bridges and structures using found materials. This was the first expression of Nico’s passion for Architecture. He initially studied civil engineering, explored project management and finally registered as a professional Architect.

Under Nico’s guidance and with his two sons following in his footsteps and joining him, the firm has grown into a family legacy. Each member of the family has established their own reputations within the design industry for their talents in architecture, interior design, decor and art.

Whilst the architectural and interior design projects are managed by Nico, Werner and Rudolph, Santa together with Rudolph started M Square Lifestyle Necessities, a décor and design showroom specializing in Italian brands including B&B Italia and Molteni&C. Santa, an artist in her own right, is behind most of the captivating paintings featured in the luxury residences designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects.

Together with a team of talented and enthusiastic associates, architects, designers and experienced support staff, the family run business has grown into an internationally recognized quality brand. While creating unique homes for unique tastes, the firm strives to capture every client’s vision and express it through breath-taking bespoke designs.