About Us

Peerutin was founded in 1997, by brothers, Simmy and David Peerutin, upon their return to Cape Town, South Africa after a decade spent abroad.

David had gained valuable experience at New York firm, Gensler, working in corporate space planning and interiors. Simmy had been an Associate at Shephard Robson, one of the United Kingdom’s largest commercial practices, specializing in health care and public buildings.

From the early years of the practice, Simmy has always brought his clear focus to its culture of disciplined management and strategic planning. This commitment has always underpinned Peerutin’s renowned work ethic, allowing David to express his design vision more clearly.

This balance between excellent management and excellent design has, from the very beginning, been applied to all projects, from residential alterations, to large scale residential and corporate developments.

Over the years, Peerutin has built a solid reputation for delivering quality designs through a well-managed practice structure. A key driver of Peerutin’s continued success in the industry is the practice’s commitment to passing on these values to all the architects, technicians and support staff on the Peerutin team.

In 2014, Peerutin embarked on a journey towards greater excellence, through a process of introspection and evaluation, Peerutin Rebooted.

During this process, the practice’s strengths and weaknesses were examined and a pathway to improving those standards even further, was identified.

As a crucial part of this strategy, longstanding associates, Tarryn Cohen and Francois Hugo became equity partners and Lance Muller and Henning van As were promoted to associates.  

Currently the team at Peerutin consists of 12 architects and technicians all equally committed to producing excellence in contemporary architecture.

With these appointments, Peerutin has reinvented the methodology we apply to all projects, to better utilize the individual strength of each senior member:

Simmy and Tarryn are tasked with strategizing and managing all aspects of the practice and the projects. Francois mentors the team on all project-related technical issues. IT management for hardware, software and all BIM standards are handled by Lance, all design is crafted by David and Henning.  

Our aim is to bring together beautiful architectural design that surpasses the needs of our clients, delivered on time and on budget. We pride ourselves on our comprehensive professional service, offering excellence at every stage of the design and construction process.

Most of Peerutin’s residential projects are situated on Cape Town’s prestigious Atlantic Seaboard, but we have also built luxury homes as far afield as Nigeria.

We have worked on commercial projects all over the world, from Namibia, The United Kingdom and The Middle East. Our portfolio here and abroad includes high-end residential buildings, transport hubs, office buildings, hotels, apartment blocks, mixed-use developments, light industrial developments and health care projects.



Simmy graduated from the Universtity of Cape Town in 1982. He has extensive expertise in the management of large and complex commercial architecture projects.

He gained experience in large commercial projects for over 10 years while he was in the UK and was an Associate Partner at one of the largest architectural practices in London. Some of his projects in London include the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and the National Gallery Extension. He returned to Cape Town, South Africa in 1995 and formed Peerutin with his brother David in 1997.

Simmy has a passion for management and programming of information and spearheads the overall strategy of the architectural practice. In 2010 Simmy, was made Vice President of the Cape Institute of Architects and in 2013 he served as President. He is currently the chair of the SAIA practice committee and a member of the JBCC technical committee.



David Peerutin is the Design Partner of Peerutin. He is a graduate of UCT 1988 and became a member of the South African Institute of Architects in 1991. David’s passion is design and he oversees all aspects of this in the office. He is the driving force behind the office design direction and has led the design process in all the residential and commercial projects at Peerutin since its establishment in 1997.

He has a particular interest in interiors and space planning, but has an extensive and varied design portfolio. Some of those projects include luxury houses; hotels, call centres, apartment blocks and office parks. David continues to strive for excellence in design while understanding the clients’ specific needs and the context; technical and practical elements of the project.



Tarryn Cohen joined Peerutin when they opened their doors in 1997. Since graduating from the University of Cape Town in 1998 she has been with Peerutin, except for a 2 year period where she worked in London at KSR Architects. She was made Partner in 2017.

Tarryn’s experience has mainly been in commercial projects. Some of the projects she has run include the Radisson Red Hotel; the Queen Victoria Hotel; a 14,000sq.m call centre, office buildings and apartment blocks. Her strength is organization, management, coordination and the delivery of projects. Tarryn oversees hiring, resource planning and programming and compliance of projects.



Francois Hugo joined Peerutin in 2000. He has a broad range of experience having worked on projects varying from high end residential buildings to major urban regeneration schemes large retail and commercial buildings, airports, leisure facilities, housing developments and large scale office fit-outs.

Although he has a strong design orientation to his work and is adept at realising innovative design he specializes in the technical resolution of projects. Francois ensures this technical focus is carried through from concept to completion, resulting in the delivery of successful buildings.



Since joining Peerutin in 2015, Henning and David have worked closely on all designs in the office. Henning was promoted to Associate responsible for ensuring the continued design excellence throughout all aspects of the office.



Lance joined the office in 2014. Since completing the Radisson Red Hotel in the V&A he was promoted to Associate overseeing all IT strategies in the office. Lance’s key strength is an eye for detail and the ensuring that the construction technology aspects of all projects are coordinated and integrated within the BIM protocols of the office. This includes supporting the respective project teams and promoting BIM and technical excellence throughout the practice.