Renee Rossouw (b. 1985, Cape Town) is an artist and architect from South Africa.

She explores a variety of different projects, from patterns and products, to murals and art.



Education /

2010 – Masters in Product Design at European Design Labs, Madrid, Spain

2009 – Masters of Architecture (M.Arch Prof) at University of Cape Town, South Africa

2008 – Bachelor of Architecture Honours (B.Arch Hons) at University of Cape Town, South Africa

2006 – Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) at University of Cape Town, South Africa


2013 – Business Acumen for Artists Course at Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town

2008 – Spanish Language Course at Don Quixote School of Spanish, Granada, Spain


2018 / Coming

2018 – Exhibit – Voorkamer Gallery – September Solo Exhibition Coming Soon

2018 – Exhibit – Salon91 – Turbine Art Fair – Coming Soon

2018 – Exhibit – World Art Gallery – “Geon” – Group Exhibition (June)

2018 – Exhibit – Woordfees – “Skrif” Group Exhibition (March)



Selected to design for IKEA’s Vitality range, to be launched in 2019

Design Studio Lecturer for 2nd years, School of Architecture, University of Cape Town

2017 – Exhibit – Smithstudio‘s Group Exhibtion “Folly”

2017 – Exhibit – Youngblood Gallery Group Exhibition “Abstract”

2017 – Exhibit – Voorkamer Gallery Group Exhibition “Hour Work”

2017 – Exhibit – 100% Design Cape Town as part of Chandlerhouse curated

2017 – Exhibit – Bennett Contemporary’s May Online Winter Show

2017 – Exhibit – Absolut Art Stellenbosch – Summer Group Exhibition



2016 – Exhibit – Voorkamer Gallery – Solo Exhibition “Simboliek”

2016 – Exhibit – Smithstudio‘s Group Exhibtion “Sketch”

2016 – Exhibit – The Project Room, Namibia, Group Exhibition “Between Stars & Tracks”

2016 – Exhibit – Bennett Contemporary – Roodebloem studios end of year show



Selected to the Feature designer for 100% Design Fair in Johannesburg, August 2015

Selected to be Oppikoppi Music Festival’s Resident Artist of the Year.

2015 – Exhibit – Smithstudio’s Groupshow “Two”

2015 – Award – Best Product Design 2015 for 100% Design South Africa Awards

2015 – Award – Nominated for MBOISA award with De Steyl 2Do drawers Collaboration



Employed by SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

Invited to exhibit Pattern Liquorice Plates at GUILD artisan, an international Design Fair held in Cape Town

Collaborated with De Steyl on Play Play Pattern, a modular furniture series with Liquorice Patterns

Debut of Liquorice Vases at Design Indaba First Editions

Yenza Make it exhibits at Design Indaba 2014

Yenza Make it invited to talk at Plascon Trend Talks

Designed pattern installation for Spier Secret Courtyard Pop Up Project

Invited to design a winter blanket for Mr Price Home, for their COLAB section • Nominated for MBOISA award – Most Beautiful Object in South Africa for “Stackable Storage Tower”



Employed by SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

Launch RR STUDIO – South African patternlab as side project.

Project “Ceramic Kit” is selected to participate in Dutch Trend forecaster’s Li Edelkoort curated exhibition called Memphis in Africa, Design Indaba 2013

Organize and Launch Schools Photographic Competition with Harold Cressey High, Good Hope Seminary, Cape Town High, Gardens Commercial High School.

Selected by Citymob/Superbalist for various collaborations, a 50 x Prints Feature, A mug design for Women’s Day, and a continuous shop presence with cushions, prints etc.

Invited by Native & Android KitKat to design a 3D printed chocolate sculpture for an exhibition in JHB

Co-design of Elle Style Reporter event in collaboration with Deon Redman Productions

Invited to participate in group show, “In Good Company” at the Irma Stern Museum, curated by Michael Chandler.

Yenza Make it Project selected as a Recognized World Design Capital Cape Town project, http://yenzamake.tumblr.com/ – to exhibit at Design Indaba 2014.



Employed by SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

Selected to Speak At Design Indaba Conference on Design Identity

Interview in Dwell Magazine, May 2012

Invited to write story on Oscar Niemeyer for publication “Paris – faded like a childhood memory”

Ceramics chosen to be displayed at the Saloni di Mobile, Milan

Selected as one of Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans to watch

Feature in magazine, Elle Fashion June, De Kat December

Participate in exhibition IN & OUT, Moscow Design Week



Final Project at European Design Labs displayed at the Just Mad Art Fair, Madrid

Selected to Exhibit a collection of Pattern Designs as Emerging Creative at Design Indaba 2011

Winner of the DFA My Town Short Film & Documentary Competition

Short Film screened at the International Encounters Documentary Festival at the V & A Waterfront, Cape Town

Design of patterned shoe for Spanish Brand Victoria displayed at the Bread and Butter Trade Show, Berlin

History of Architecture Coordinator and Head Tutor for Undergraduate School of Architecture, UCT

Selected by Freeworld Design Centre to participate in the Safe Spaces Campaign



Selected into the RSP Product Design Master at the European Design Labs Madrid under director Jaime Hayon as 1 of 13 students selected worldwide.

Participated in design Workshops with Vitra, DoshiLevien, Luis Urculo, Julia Lohmann, Sigga Heimis,& Pedrita

Madrid Travel Story sold to Elle Deco Syndication, featured in Elle Deco Sweden & Elle Decoration South Africa

Selected to talk about Design Development at the Madrid Design Net Conference

Selected to develop final design project in collaboration with Bosa Ceramics, Italy.

Final Project at European Design Labs feaured in Diseno Interior, Spain, Design Indaba Magazine, South Africa, House & Garden Magazine, South Africa and various online publications & websites – FRAME, Yatzer, DesignSpotter, Dwell



Selected into the Professional Masters of Architecture ( M.Arch(prof) ) course at the University of Cape Town

History of Architecture Tutor for Undergraduate School of Architecture, UCT



Selected into the Bachelor of Architectural Studies Honours ( BAS.HONS) programme at the University of Cape Town. Graduate Cum Laude.

Selected to Exhibit as an Emerging Creative at Design Indaba Festival with a project called ‘The Peepshow’

Design project / installation ‘The Peepshow’ wins Loerie Award , South African Advertizing Awards, for 3D, Environmental & Packaging Design category

Asked by What if the World Gallery to design Entrance Installation for the N.3 Design Event

History of Architecture Tutor for Undergraduate School of Architecture, UCT


2004 – 2006

Enrolled into Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) at the University of Cape Town

Selected onto the Dean’s Merit List for Academic Achievements in Architecture at the University of Cape Town


Invited into the Golden Key Society at the University of Cape Town for Academic Achievements in Architecture

1 of 2 Undergraduate students selected to represent the Architecture Schools of South Africa at the Venice Biennale 2006

Cartoonist for the University Newspaper