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Cobus Bothma

Cobus Bothma




National Diploma in Industrial Design,
University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Cobus Bothma has over 25 years’ experience in design within the construction and automotive industry, developing bespoke products for commercial, hospitality and leisure use. His key skills include the generation of complex architectural 3D geometry, data generation and visualisation.

Since joining KPF in 2008, Cobus has been part of the Abu Dhabi International Airport team, managing the furniture, fittings and equipment (FF&E) package and overall 3D BIM dataset. He has led the team in the design of bespoke items for the airport including desks, seating and the wayfinding system. Currently in London, Cobus is working on a masterplan in Bermondsey, providing the team with environmental analysis and unit optimisation. He is also providing environmental analysis for a student housing project near London Bridge and further along the river for Southbank Place he is using AR and VR for advanced visualization of design options and is generating computational scripts for building impact analysis on early studies of various projects in London

In addition to project work, Cobus oversees the firm wide applied research and development effort, main areas include:

  • Computational design
  • Cognitive Environments (Smart Cities/ Buildings, Machine Leaning)
  • Analysis and Simulation (Environmental – solar, light, wind)
  • Digital Fabrication (3D printing and related digital fabrication)
  • Visualisation (with focus on VR and AR related applications)
  • Building Technologies (relating to materials, assemblies and pre fabrication)

Prior to KPF, Cobus worked as an industrial designer for automotive, electronics and furniture companies. His involvement included overseeing design development, detailed production drawings, prototyping and finalising design problems. He also managed a BIM driven visualisation company.

Cobus has advanced knowledge of a number computer packages including AutoCAD, Microstation, Bentley Architecture, 3D Studio Max and Rhino, Revit, Grasshopper, Dynamo, Unity, Unreal, Vray, IRay, Maxwell, Diva.

He is fluent in English and Afrikaans.