Who Are We?

Skylan architecture + design studio was started in January 2014, by Stephen Wood, a Professional architect, with more than twenty years experience in the Architectural design industry. Having successfully run various practices and being an ambitious Architect, Stephen’s vision was to create a young dynamic Boutique Architectural design firm, where talented designers could collaborate to produce a meaningful and lasting impact on the built environment of South Africa, the African continent and beyond. We pride ourselves in our highly motivated and experienced staff team members. The team has vast collective experience working on Luxury Hotels, Bush Lodges, Leisure developments in South Africa and abroad, Retail centres, Mixed use developments, Commercial offices developments, Places of Worship, Industrial Complexes, Residential Estates and upmarket private residences.

Our Core Focus Design Markets

Hotels and Leisure




Mixed Use










In a MORI poll commissioned by CABE, an overwhelming 81% of people said they are ‘interested in how the built environment looks and feels’, with over a third saying they are ‘very interested’ and another third wanting more of a say in the design of buildings and spaces. 85% of people agreed with the statement ‘better quality buildings and public spaces improve the quality of people’s lives’ and thought that the quality of the built environment made a difference to the way they felt.

We cannot afford NOT to invest in good design. Good design is not just about the aesthetic improvement of our environment, it is as much about improved quality of life, equality of opportunity and economic growth. If we want to be a successful and sustainable society we have to overcome our ignorance about the importance of design and depart from our culturally-ingrained notion that a poor quality environment is the norm.

Good design flows from the employment of skilled and multidisciplinary teams.