Nabeel Essa is the principal of the architectural practice office 24-7.
The practice office 24-7 architecture – urbanism – design is Registred wit the South African Council for Architects, a member of the Gauteng Instiute of Architects and a corporate member of the South African Institute of Architects.
2013-2014: South African Institute of architects Award of Merit 2013/14. The Heritage additions and renovation of Herber Bakers ‘Kleine Schuur’ were awarded by the Gauteng Institute for Architecture.
2012-2013: GIFA Award For Architecture. The Heritage additions and renovation of Herber Bakers ‘Kleine Schuur’ were awarded by the Gauteng Institute 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
Moruleng Cultural Precinct. New buildings, landscape design, restoration, renovation , exhibition design and curation.
The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, the conversion and additions to the NMCM from the Nelson Mandela foundation into a permanent and temporary exhibition space with a conference room for dialogue and a state of the art archive and researcher facilities. In collabpration with Artist Clive van den Berg.
Sacred Heart college High School Library Upgrade
Reconstruction of a dilapidated 1930s House, Christopherson Street , Dunkeld
New contemporary addition to a 1913 Robert Howden Heritage house on the Parktown ridge
Museum of Aids in Africa, site Scoping for Lord Cultural services, Toronto
15 Years of the Constitution Exhibition, Constitution Court, Exhibition designer for Trace, Constitutional Hill Trust
Additions and renovations to Herbert Baker ‘Kleine Schuur’ House, Parktown.
Umkhonto we Sizwe Memorial at Liliesleaf Museum, Rivonia.
Woza eNanda Gandhi, Dube, Shembe Exhibitions, Phoenix, Durban, Exhibition designer for Totem Media
Freedom Park, 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, Moruleng, exhibition designer for Totem Media
Bafokeng Peoples Centre, Phokeng, design framework with Totem Media
Spier Art Contemporary 2010 , City Hall, Cape Town, exhibition designer
Sophiatown heritage walk design framework with Trace
Bertrams Pepper pot houses heritage cluster feasibility with Albonico Sack architects, Johannesburg Development Agency
Sharpeville heritage precinct urban concept design with Albonico Sack architects, Johannesburg Development Agency
Durban Natural Science Museum feasibility study with Totem Media
Restoration of Governors House and Hillbrow Recreation Centre, Johannesburg Development Agency
Nelson Mandela Foundation design proposal for the conversion into the Centre of Memory
House Snyman, Renovation and additions, Parktown
Art Bank, Renovation and interior office branding
House Essa, Houghton design for new house
‘Izipho- Gifts’, Exhibition designer with Clive van den Berg for Trace, Nelson Mandela Foundation
Environmental Affairs Public interface wing 1500m2, 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
H.E.T consultant for renovations of Number 4 and the Old Fort at Constitution hill, Johannesburg Development Agency
Children’s room at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg Development Agency
Designed the outdoor exhibit panels on the ramparts, Constitution hill
Kliptown Heritage Framework Feasibility, Soweto
New Environmental Affairs office building 1750m2, Polokwane, Limpopo Department of Public Works
‘466/64 – A Prisoner working in the Garden’, Exhibition designer with Clive van den Berg for Trace, Nelson Mandela Foundation
Exhibition design and curator on the development of Constitution Hill for WSSD, 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
Elle Decoration, April 2010, article on Spier Contemporary
Digest of South African Architecture, Cape Town 2012, volume 17: Woza Inanda exhibition and House Kleine Schuur
House and Leisure, July 2014: House Kleine Schuur
Visi, July 2014: House Kleine Schuur
The practice has unique skills in combining spatial understanding with new ways of re- interpreting museums. Such conceptual ideas act as driving forces that continue to inform the project from the Cultural framework to the design at its most detailed level.
At Constitution hill the scope of work included feasibility studies, interpretive experience, heritage policy, business plan, programming, exhibition strategy and supervision of the restoration. Traditional notions of museum were questioned as the fragmentation between Heritage and new developments led to a decentralized interpretive experience across the Hill.
The Kliptown Heritage Framework project began with developing strategies to integrate a community with its heritage, new developments and housing and its potential as a visitor destination; as a living museum.
Other projects have included new office buildings for the Department of Environmental Affairs in Polokwane, renovations and restorations of the Governors House and the Hillbrow Recreation Centre for the Johannesburg Development Agency and the additions and renovation of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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.
The thesis at the University of the Witwatersrand looked at critically engaging marginal histories; this spurred an interest in issues of identity and difference and its construction in post apartheid South Africa.
The Masters degree in landscape urbanism from the Architectural Association in London involved the understanding of growth, evolution, change and scale in informing urban development and regeneration. The role of diagramming as a way of informing design allowed for new possibilities.