Architecture behind the scenes: Open Studios 2018

Open Studios returns to Cape Town with architecture practices across the city opening their doors to the public on December 3 and 4.

Now in its sixth year, this event invites people inside the innovative architectural studios responsible for shaping the buildings and city around us, giving visitors the opportunity to meet the architects behind the projects and to see the diverse creative spaces in which design takes place.

One of the most popular events on the design calendar, this year’s event will focus on two main hubs: CBD and East City. The participating studios will open after hours and guests will be able to chat to architects about their work and process of design.

Each studio will offer their own curated display of work, including current and future projects, presentations, architectural models and animations. Studios that are within walking distance are grouped together, meaning visitors can visit several locations in one night.

Popular with professionals, students and the general public alike, this event is not to be missed. The full programme is available on

Architecture studios taking part include:


dhk Architects

Fabian and Make Architects

GAPP Architects, Urban Designers

Jenny Mills Architecture

Meyer & Associates

Peerutin Architects

SAOTA, ARCC, Tenebris Lab, Okha

SSH Design


Team Architects

VDMMA at The Architect Gallery

Wolff Architects

Open Studios is a joint initiative by the South African Institute for Architecture (SAIA) and the Cape Institute for Architecture (CIFA). The programme this year forms part of a broader week of architectural celebrations in Cape Town including the Cape Institute for Architecture’s annual street party, First Thursdays and the SAIA Honours Awards and Presidential Inauguration.