Our Story

27Studio was formed in Stellenbosch in 2005 by Italian architect Riccardo Panzeri.

The practice, since its inception, has built its reputation through the designing and constructing architectural related sustainable projects across South Africa.

We have worked as principle architects, project leader and energy efficiency consultants in various private construction projects touching most of the the build environment sectors, from agricultural, commercial, hospitality, residential, mixed use and IPP (independent power producer) in the Southern African region.

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Riccardo Panzeri

Riccardo obtained a Masters Degree in Architecture from the Architectural Institute of Venice University – IUAV  in1998.  His Masters thesis was on “The Clyde Valley Regional Plan: Urban, Economic and Social Development of Glasgow and the Strathclyde region”. He attended workshops, seminars  and completed exams with top European architects and urban designers such as Aldo Rossi, Bernardo Secchi, Gian Carlo De Carlo, James Gowan, Richard Murphy, Georges Tyssot.

Training and Certifications
Registered as Professional Architect with SACAP (South African Council for the Architectural Professional). Pr.Arch. 21012.
Project Management accredited course, cum laude, at University of Stellenbosch Business School, 2019.
Planning Law Exam accreditation on new SPLUMA at University of Cape Town, 2014.
Italian-English registered sworn translator at the Cape Town High Court.

Our Architectural Philosophy

Architecture is a social art applied to the built environment.

We strive to design and construct innovative and environmentally efficient spaces providing the appropriate design solution, in harmony with the surroundings and local cultural context.

We believe in a contemporary design that adapts to the unique challenges and opportunities offered by the different locations and by the different people.

The passive house approach, is a voluntary standard at the base of our design approach, which entails analysing each location climatic conditions and then a creating a design solution that shelters and harvest efficiently those energy resources offered by nature.