JCA is a small architectural firm run by architect Jaclyn Cattell who specialises in residential architecture and interiors in the suburbs of Cape Town and surrounds.


“It is my vision to find creative and practical architectural solutions to clients’ wishes in a professional and constructive relationship to ensure a happy, well-conceived and exciting build.

I aim to be sensitive to the context and environment in which the buildings are sited, and to the importance of sustainability all while working with clever solutions in order to create a client’s home that fulfils their functional requirements and their chosen aesthetic and lifestyle.

It is the role of the architect to listen sensitively to their client’s needs in order to deliver exactly what they require so with innovation and intuition, I work together with my clients to refine and translate their requests into pragmatic and harmonious architecture.

My intention is to design beautifully crafted rooms and joyous spaces that become the very essence of a much loved home in which the family can thrive”

For over 25 years, Jacky has worked mostly as a solo principal architect in the practice, but has had the pleasure of working with several other employees, designers, architects and engineers.

She has a network of excellent specialist subcontractors with whom she frequently collaborates. She also works with Keith Cattell Quantity Surveyors, run by her husband, whose services ensure rigorous cost planning and control. Together they make an excellent married team, who manage the entire building process from inception to completion.

Jacky believes that every building is a shared project working with the client and aims to take reference from Cape Vernacular while incorporating details from French and Italian styles – all while building with sustainable materials.

Every room is designed for its function and may be different to the other spaces despite being linked together by a language that the suits the client but is also relevant to the context of the environment and the way in which the family lives.

It is the role of the architect to deliver exactly what would create a joyous family environment within the best architectural and design style possible.

Jacky emphasises that, although some experience the building process as stressful, complicated and costly, this need not be the case if the correct processes are followed, using standard industry contracts. It should, and can be, an exciting adventure that is rewarding, enjoyable and interactive – with the ultimate result of creating the home of her clients’ dreams.