Our mission is to create developments that improve everyday lives for present and future generations from all walks of life

CITRA Development, sustainable development

Considered · Innovative · Technology · Responsible · Affordable

Considered development

Our projects are thoughtfully planned to ensure well-located, integrated communities with closely connected living, work and play spaces.

Innovation & Technology

Innovation drives urban development forward. We use technologies that streamline the construction and design process, resulting in more energy efficient structures that positively impact the built environment.

Responsibility with the environment

We encourage outdoor living, providing neighbourhoods with environmental, social and economic lifestyle benefits.


We offer a range of well-designed living environments that are affordable to as many people as possible – without compromising on quality.

The Team

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Joel Baur

Managing Director

Joel loves reading and spending time with his family in nature. He is passionate about improving people's lives through considered, high-quality design of houses and neighbourhoods.
He gained work experience at architectural firm Roger Boltshauser in Zurich, co-founded Atelier Manzana and studied at ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne.

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Cheryl Hillman

Director - Property Development

Cheryl is driven by a passion for sustainable development. She has over 30 years’ experience in the development and management of affordable housing and is an EDGE- as well as EcoDistricts-accredited professional. In her free time, she is an outdoor enthusiast, who also plays the piano and dabbles in photography.

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Benno Büeler

Non-Executive Director

Benno is passionate about the environment and long-term sustainability. He works hard to improve the quality of life of people living in poverty, using his knowledge in mathematics, agricultural science, modelling and international CO2 trade systems. “The resources of our earth are there for everyone. We all have a shared responsibility.”

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Realm Chitando

Finance Manager

Realm takes good care of CITRA’s finances. She has a BCom in Accounting and a PGDA from the UCT, and is registered with SAIPA as a professional accountant. She has years of experience, making her a key member of the team.
She enjoys spending time with family and friends, sharing a good laugh over a hearty meal and decorating for social gatherings.

Our Partners

At CITRA we aspire to  create lasting relevant partnerships and take a sustainable approach in our company, as well as our developments. 

We select well-established partners for our teams, with years’ experience in large residential developments and the affordable sector. We also make use of smaller emerging entrepreneurs for in-house support services with a strong female presence in ownership and management.