The cornerstone of our construction company is our unique, environmentally friendly, durable, yet affordable building method.
We aim to be the most innovative building company in Africa. We have a strong focus on research & development, environmental sustainability, cutting edge design, skills development and automation.
Joel Baur, Managing Director
Our Team has a wealth of experience in the housing market and design
He is passionate about changing the everyday lives of people and communities through the considered, high-quality design of houses and neighbourhoods.
Some important career milestones as an architects are:
- Gaining work experience at architectural firm Roger Boltshauser in Zurich,
- Co-founding Atelier Manzana,
- Studying at ETH Zurich (Master’s in Architecture) and EPF Lausanne (Bachelor of Architecture)
He has studies in mathematics and agricultural science and a PhD in modelling and solving international CO2-trade systems.
He is determined to work towards improving the quality of life of those who live in poverty. That’s why he joined CITRA – to work towards green affordable housing for everyone.
“The resources of our earth are there for everyone. We are all affected by the destruction of these resources and have a shared responsibility”.
He has a keen interest in sustainable resources, which is why, in 2010, he decided to dedicate a large part of his time to working as an independent developer and becoming the biggest driving force in the creation of CITRA.
In his own words: “I am thrilled to be part of this young, enthusiastic and competent team and that my experience in this new and innovative building technology is appreciated.”
In his free time, Adrien likes to discover new beautiful places around him and kitesurf with friends.
Outside the office, Michael enjoys a number of activities including chess, tennis, football, Kung Fu and regular gym visits.
In 2007 he walked the Spanish pilgrimage trail, the Camino de Santiago, four months before the birth of his first daughter. He dreams about the day he can return to the Camino to walk it with his wife and two daughters.
She enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, sharing a good laugh over a hearty meal and decorating for social gatherings.
She loves spending time with her two little humans and friends, listening to good music, being in nature, participating in community-based activities or just trying to figure out how to travel more.
He enjoys reading and playing the piano, guitar and drums.
He enjoys spending his spare time with his family.
Our History: from tonnes of coffee to an ambitious development and beyond
Swiss inventor, Martin Tschaggelar, together with later co-founder, Andreas Graf, were driven by the desire to help the people of Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. They worked on concepts to build fast, green and affordable homes in remote locations.
CITRA Construction is born
After a great deal of research and development, market research and tons of coffee, our construction company, CITRA, was founded in South Africa.
R&D on First Building Method Completed
After hiring Michael Chikwava, CITRA quickly finished the R&D of the first building method.
The next step in CITRA’s vision became reality after a group of Swiss investors jointly purchased a large piece of land in Cape Town to be developed by CITRA.
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We work with organisations, companies and government institutions that are passionate about design, innovation and green living to create energy efficient architecture and urban design.