SUTHERLAND was established in 1991 by father and son Gordon and Craig Sutherland. From its humble beginnings in Tygervalley (Western Cape) the structural engineering practice initially focused on private property developer clients in the Western Cape only.

After Gordon’s untimely passing away in early 1997 Craig led the growth of the small practice into a multi-disciplinary national practice offering Structural, Civil, Mechanical (HVAC, Wet Services and Fire), Electrical and Facades Engineering Services. Today the practice is represented in Cape Town (head office), Johannesburg, Durban and Nairobi (branch offices) and is successfully very active across South and Sub-Saharan Africa, Sub-Sahara and further afield, partnering with a broad range of high profile private and public sector clients to successfully complete their projects.


The company’s philosophy is based on these key principals, viz

  • To provide superior engineering design to fully optimize the structural, civil, mechanical, electrical and façade engineering aspects of our projects, both upfront and also during the operational lifecycle thereafter.
  • To continually explore worldwide and adopt early, when beneficial, advances in building materials, building products, and building methods such as recyclable, renewable, modular, prefabricated, and precast to mention a few.
  • To ensure that our design solutions are environmentally responsible, and our choice of materials is as sustainable as possible to reduce the environmental impact of the building industry on our planet.
  • To apply our formidable experience, gathered over nearly 30 years on a vast number and array of buildings, to ensure that the construction methodology and practical buildability aspects are also considered and prioritized.
  • To be innovative and proactive, also adding value in a broader sense throughout the conceptual, feasibility, design, planning, procurement, construction, and commissioning stages to ensure well-thought-through, carefully planned, and effectively managed projects.
  • To remain technologically on the cutting edge to offer our clients the very latest, most cost effective and accurate design solutions through integrated BIM 3D technology and collaborative teamwork across all ten engineering disciplines to ensure rigorous services coordination and optimal design solutions.
  • To provide personal, hands on attention to all our clients.


The company and/or individuals hold membership of the following institutions:

  • Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA)
  • South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC)
  • Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)
  • South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE)
  • Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA)
  • Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (SA Founder Member) (CTBUH)
  • South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA)
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE)
  • South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE)