Parkestudio is a bespoke architectural practice established in 2002 and is based in Cape Town. Our portfolio of work includes a wide range of public and private projects. The specific focus of the practice is concerned with space and light, context and place, and with the materials and textures that we experience the environment we live in. The architecture of the studio responds to the specifics of the site and client needs, is resourceful in regards to budget, takes a pro-active approach to the craft of building, and strives to create spaces that engage people.



Stephen Parkes

MArch (prof)wits, BAS (hons)wits, PrArch (sacap) Paralegal Cert. (UCT)

For over 13 years Stephen Parkes has been refining his ability to creatively respond to the needs of his clients, their site and their budget.

His Education started by studying Fine Art at the University Of Witwatersrand and then moving on to Architecture where he obtained his Honors and then Masters in architecture. He then went on to apprentice in prestigious firms based in Johannesburg until being admitted into the South African council of the architectural professions as a Professional architect. While Practicing as an architect and continually expanding his architectural education he also obtained a paralegal Qualification from the university of Cape town.

“I always feel as if my journey to learn new things and constantly innovate has only just begun.”


Franke Concept design 2nd place Award 2012

Frank Gordon Mackintosh prize in architecture, 2009

First prize in Dept. of Arts and Culture Ideas competition for Eastern Cape, 2009


Co Author on: HARRISMITH | INTABAZWE: Urban Change in a small South African Town. (2007)

Featured in: Leading Architecture and Design, July/August 2009

The Studio

At the core of our work is a commitment to architectural ideas and realities that raise the most ordinary of circumstances to levels of joyous invention and unexpected richness. In our collaborative and cooperative process, we choreograph program and process, as well as movement, materials and light to make buildings of refined scale and studied proportion…

We strive to create an architecture that goes beyond the predictable to one that offers experiences and memories ripe with intellectual challenge and sensual delight; one that invites all who experience it to see the world from a new and different point of view.


Selected Projects

  • Mdantsane Communtity Library (Dept. Arts & Culture) – Mdantsane, EC- Competiton Entry 1st prize
  • Bazaruto Lodge & Dolphin Point Island Resort* – Mozambique
  • Gabriels Lodge Island Resort* – Mozambique
  • Lyndhurst Toyota* – Johannesburg
  • Sabi River Sun* – Nelspruit
  • Serengeti Golf Estate** – Gauteng
  • Thornvalley Estate** – Gauteng
  • Nooitgedacht Estate – Stellenbosch
  • Private House (2010) – Llandudno
  • Clifton Bungalow (2011) – Clifton
  • House Dorman – Camps Bay
  • Moloko Estate – Constantia
  • Solomon Cottage – Kalk Bay

*   with MetroArc    ** with Parallax

Learn More


e: studio@parkestudio.com

t: +27 (0) 84 311 0485

a: Suite 132, Private Bag X16, Constantia, Cape Town 7848