Local Studio is a South African architecture and urbanism practice founded in 2012, with a philosophy of creating valuable architecture that is anchored on meaningful impact.

We specialise in multi-family housing, retail and industrial, private houses, education and community, and urban design.

We were founded in Johannesburg and now operate across the African Continent with a Level 1 BBBEE rating.



Daniel Trollip
Samantha Trask
Shawn Constant 
Thomas Chapman 
Alexia Kolatsis
Lize Wessels
June Mzyk 
Njabulo Phekani 
Chrisna Bredenkamp
Kelly Ann De Gouveia


Amy Leibbrandt
Caroline Chapman
Charnelle Kluth
Crystal Waddell
Emmaneel van der Merwe
Hedieh Shaerzadeh
Joshua Wilson 
Khensani De Klerk
Luciano Lira
Nkosilenhle Mavuso 
Sarah Harding 
Tebogo Kgatla
Tsaukani Masilela
Tuliza Sindi
Turmeca Abrahams



We apply a broad definition of ‘community’, to the many projects we have completed which have neither a commercial logic, nor a singular program, yet which serve to impact a large number of people both in terms of programming and design. Our approach begins at the urban design scale, with the recognition of these projects as community catalysts, which ultimately dictates the arrangement of programs and material detailing.

We have designed over twenty educational projects over the last decade, gaining valuable experience in the provision of infrastructure for urban and rural schools as well as tertiary education. Recently completed projects emphasize our adopted principal of a school or university as a communal public space, and include comprehensive environmental design solutions and supplementary functions such as housing.

Multi-family Housing
Our approach to multi-family housing is underpinned by extensive experience in large-scale residential master planning for private and governmental clients; financial feasibility models for market-driven housing; and innovation in replicable unit typologies for a range of applications. Post-occupancy studies of completed housing projects allow us to improve on previous projects and strive for ever more effective multi-family housing solutions.

Private Residential
We have a selective approach to housing commissions, opting mainly to work with clients with challenging briefs in interesting locations. From a private lodge on a 50,000 Ha nature reserve, to a small black brick family home in Johannesburg, our private housing projects have been a process of co-creation with clients, often producing unexpected yet pragmatic results.

Commercial and Industrial
In our commercial and industrial projects, we strive to break from internalised ‘big-box’ environments by promoting activated building edges which respond to surrounding urban conditions. This urban design-driven approach has proven effective, producing financial results for our clients while promoting placemaking outside of transactional zones.

Since before the COVID-19 pandemic, we have questioned the notion of single-use office buildings and precincts. Despite the financial issues inherent in large corporate vacancies, offices operate on a daylight cycle, causing precincts to die at night. Our approach to office projects, where possible is to promote supplementary retail and residential components, paired with accessible pedestrian public spaces, to ensure long term sustainability.

Urban Design

As qualified urban designers since 2013, we have contributed to many of the most impactful urban design frameworks in Johannesburg including the Louis Botha Corridor of Freedom and Walkable Braamfontein plan. This experience has allowed us a measure of criticality of master planning and influenced our current approach to urban design frameworks which seek to balance future planning with achievable, measurable outcomes in the short term.

Public Space
We are interested in redefining what public space means in a context like Johannesburg, where capital costs demand return and urban management by local government is virtually non-existent. Through the completion of various parks, bridges, promenades and squares, we have grasped the conditions under which public space can be socially, environmentally and financially sustainable.


Steel Award for the Outreach Foundation Community Centre

GIfA Award for the Outreach Foundation Community Centre

Social Gain Award for the Outreach Foundation Community Centre

Sustainable Design Award for the Outreach Foundation Community Centre

Sustainable Design Award for Fulham Heights

Design Vanguard

Steel Award for Protea Glen Secondary School

Wallpaper Architects Directory 


Abacus Space Solutions
Adamjee Group
Adne CC
African School for Excellence
Allmuss Properties
Brixton Road Investments
Calibre Properties
Design Indaba 
Dipula Property Investment Trust
Ikamva Youth
Interactive Africa / Liberty
Johannesburg Development Agency
Lightwell Properties 
Mergence Africa Property Investment Trust
Outreach Foundation NGO
Pan Africa Today
Propertuity Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
Southpoint Properties
Stand Out Properties
The Awethu Project
The Italtile and Ceramic Foundation
The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science
Treviso Properties (Pty) Ltd
Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre NGO
University of the Witwatersrand
Urban Task Force


BBBEE level 1
SAIA (South African Institute of Architects)
The South African Council for the Architectural Profession