OFFICE 24-7 ARCHITECTURE was founded in 2002 and has received numerous awards for its work. The practice is a space of praxis – where ideas are researched and executed. The practice critically and spatially re-imagines museum, exhibition, cultural, and architectural projects.
The practice collaborates across disciplines and works across fields. Narrative acts as a framework to making an architecture that aims to broaden our imagination and stimulate engagement.
2022: Gauteng Institute for Architecture Heritage Colosseum Award Commendation for House ‘Klein Schuur’
2022: Finalist in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial competition – Cape Town
2022: Finalist in a joint venture with Lemon Pebble architects in the Sol Plaatje University Graduation Hall competition – Kimberley
2017: Pretoria Institute for Architecture Award of Commendation for Maropeng Experience Lab.
2017/18: World Interior News shortlisted in the Museums category for Maropeng Experience Lab.
2016: South African Institute of Architects Award of Commendation 2015/16 for the Moruleng Cultural Precinct
2014 -2015: Pretoria Institute for Architecture Award of Merit and PIA Best Public Architecture Award for Moruleng Cultural Precinct
2013-2014: South African Institute of Architects Award of Merit 2013/14 for the heritage additions and renovation of Herbert Bakers ‘Kleine Schuur’.
2012-2013: The Heritage additions and renovation of Herber Bakers ‘Kleine Schuur’ was awarded a Gauteng Institute for Architecture, GIFA Award for Architecture.
2005: Honorary mention in the contest for the memorial-museum for the victims of the Tsunami in Khao Lak, Thailand.
In collaboration with Armando Oliver-Suinaga 24-7 Cooperative: Armando Oliver Suinaga (Mexico) Rosalea Monacella (Australia) Juana Ines Guzman Pizarro Hugo Edgar Leon Flores
2005: Wits Art Gallery – Finalist
Ideas competition for the new University of the Witwatersrand
Gallery conversion. Finalist in collaboration with Clive van den Berg and Kate Otten.
Museum and Archive of the Constitution | Constitution Hill.
Experience Lab children’s exhibition | Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind.
Redesign and curation of the Maropeng main exhibition | Gauteng Department of Economic Development, Wits and Maropeng.
Fossil Gallery | Gauteng Department of Economic Development, Wits and Maropeng.
Head Office additions, renovation and interior fit out | Bophelong Construction
Moruleng Cultural Precinct | New buildings, landscape design, restoration, renovation, exhibition design, and Exhibition curator | with Totem Media.
Steve Azaiki Library Exhibition, Nigeria | Exhibition design and development | with Totem Media.
All from One Exhibition | PAST, Standard Bank and Department of Science and Technology project | with Trace.
100 years anniversary of the ANC, ‘A Giant Awakens’ exhibition at the Wesleyan Church | Department of Arts and Culture project | with Totem Media.
20 years of Democracy Exhibition | Nelson Mandela Foundation Project | with Totem Media.
Mpumalanga Heritage Centre Exhibition | eThekwini Municipality | with Totem Media.
The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and Archive additions, renovation and interior fit out | with Artist Clive van den Berg.
Library renovation and interior fit out | Sacred Heart College, Observatory.
1930’s Heritage house reconstruction and renovation | Christopherson Street, Dunkeld.
New contemporary addition to a 1913 Robert Howden Heritage house | Parktown ridge.
Museum of Aids in Africa, site scoping | with Lord Cultural services, Toronto.
15 Years of the Constitution Exhibition, Constitution Court | Constitutional Hill Trust | with Trace.
House Kleine Schuur, additions and renovations to a heritage Herbert Baker House | Parktown.
Umkhonto we Sizwe Memorial | Liliesleaf Museum, Rivonia.
Woza eNanda Gandhi, Dube, Shembe Exhibitions, Phoenix, Durban | eThekwini Municipality | with Totem Media.
Freedom Park Exhibition Concept Design | Part of exhibition design team, for Clive van den Berg.
Spier Estate, Stellenbosch | Conceptual design Framework with Clive van den Berg.
Bakgatla Cultural Precinct, Botswana and Moruleng | Design framework | with Totem Media.
Bakgatla cultural history exhibition for 2010 world cup, Moruleng | with Totem Media.
Bafokeng Peoples Centre, Phokeng | Design framework | with Totem Media.
Spier Art Contemporary 2010 exhibition design | City Hall, Cape Town.
Sophiatown heritage walk framework | with Trace.
Bertrams Pepper pot houses heritage cluster feasibility | Johannesburg Development Agency | with Albonico Sack architects.
Sharpeville heritage precinct urban concept design | Johannesburg Development Agency | with Albonico Sack architects.
Durban Natural Science Museum feasibility study | eThekwini Municipality | with Totem Media.
Restoration of Governors House and Hillbrow Recreation Centre | Johannesburg Development Agency
House Snyman Renovation and Additions | Parktown
Art Bank Renovation and interior office branding | Johannesburg Development Agency.
‘Izipho- Gifts’, Exhibition | Nelson Mandela Foundation | with Trace.
Environmental Affairs building, Polokwane | Limpopo Department of Public Works.
Jada’s Museum renovation and heritage restoration, Kliptown | Johannesburg Development Agency.
Hillbrow Police Station Client Service Centre Upgrade | Johannesburg Development Agency.
Heritage, Education and Tourism spatial consultant | Number 4 and the Old Fort, Constitution Hill | Johannesburg Development Agency.
Children’s Room Exhibition | Constitution Hill | Johannesburg Development Agency.
Exhibition on ramparts | Constitution Hill | Johannesburg Development Agency.
Kliptown Heritage Framework Feasibility | Johannesburg Development Agency.
New Environmental Affairs office building, Polokwane | Limpopo Department of Public Works.
‘466/64 – A Prisoner working in the Garden’ Exhibition | Nelson Mandela Foundation | with Trace.
The Making of Constitution Hill Exhibition | Johannesburg Development Agency.
Constitution Hill feasibility studies, interpretive experience, heritage policy, business plan, programming, and exhibition strategy | Johannesburg Development Agency.
” Landscape Urbanism, A Manual for the Machinic Landscape”,
Mohsen Mostafavi and Ciro Najle Ed.; Architectural Association Publications, London 2003.
Digest of South African Architecture, Cape Town 2005-2006: Environmental Affairs Offices and House Goldblatt
Number 4, the making of Constitution Hill, 2006, Penguin
Prisoner in the Garden, 2005, Penguin
Digest of South African Architecture, Cape Town2004-2005: Mandela exhibition and House Gibson
Art South Africa volume 2 issue 4, 2004, article on Constitution Hill
Digest of South African Architecture, Cape Town 2007: House Snyman
Elle Decoration, April 2010, article on Spier Contemporary
Digest of South African Architecture, Cape Town 2012: Woza Inanda exhibition and House Kleine Schuur
Digest of South African Architecture, Cape Town 2014: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
House and Leisure, July 2014: House Kleine Schuur
Visi, July 2014: House Kleine Schuur
House and Leisure, January 2016: House Muller, Forest Town
Digest of South African Architecture, Cape Town 2016: Moruleng Cultural Precinct
House and Leisure, August 2016: House Howden
Leading Architecture and Design, August 2016: Moruleng Cultural Precinct
Arch SA Journal, March 2017: Moruleng Cultural Precinct
Arch SA Journal, March 2018: Contributing article, ‘Transforming Perspectives’
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS: Nabeel Essa
Master in Landscape Urbanism, Architectural Association, London.
1998/9 University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg:
Bachelor of Architecture (2yr degree); completed requirements for qualification with distinction.
1992-6 University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg:
Bachelor of Architectural studies (4yr degree)
1990-1 University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg:
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, years 1 & 2 only.