CIfA Newsflash 18/2021 | OBITUARY: RENE SEBASTIAN GRUBERT 16.12.1977 – 21.06.2021


Our dear business partner and colleague Rene Sebastian Grubert, passed away on Monday 21 June 2021 at the age of 43.

His sudden death came as a great shock to all his family, friends and colleagues.

We remember Rene as the young man who came from Namibia to pursue his dream to become an architect.

During his much too short life he touched the lives of so many people who will always remember him with great fondness.

He was born and raised in Windhoek, Namibia and loved to draw and create things. After matriculating he went to study architecture at the University of Port Elizabeth. In 1998 he obtained a Bachelor of Building Arts degree and completed his Bachelor of Architecture in 2000 after which he moved to Cape Town in 2001 to start his career.

His first job was as an Architect-in training with Africa Consulting Architects but resigned in 2003 to join MLB Architects.

As a Senior Project Architect he immediately displayed a wonderful knack for solving problems and had a keen sense for design.

In 2008 he became a Director at MLB Architects and over the years was a key player in many projects, most notably, The Rockefeller – Hotel, Cape Town, Van Rhynsdorp Correctional facility , The Pepper Club Hotel, ABSA Brackenfell Cash Centre, just to mention a few.

In 2010 he married the love of his life Mareile who is also from Namibia and settled in Hout Bay to raise a family.

Rene was never more proud when he talked about his two boys Eike and Dominik and loved to be actively involved with them be it with school, sports or outdoor activities.

Rene had a larger than life personality and truly lived life to the fullest. He loved the outdoors, be it cycling, camping or going on long trips, but most of all he enjoyed the simple pleasures – spending time with family and friends.

He had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. His generous spirit and pleasant personality will be missed by all who’s lives he touched.

Rene is survived by his wife, Mareile Techow-Grubert and their sons, Eike-Rene and Dominik.

His beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of his wife, sons, family, friends and colleagues.

From MLB Architects and Ushindi Architects