Posted: 08 May 2020
GSA Files. Israel Ogundare. ST #01. © Fred Swart

Israel Ogundare
Student Files #01

Israel is a Masters graduate of the GSA-University of Johannesburg and a holder of a Masters in Philosophy in Southern Urbanism from the University of Cape Town. 


Q: How do you think the GSA is shifting the profession?
A: The GSA is not creating a set of robotic architects who specialise only in brick and mortar. It creates pace-setters who acknowledge the fundamentals of architecture with cognisance to the daily lived experiences of their immediate environment in creating/constructing architecture. I like to describe this architecture as the ‘architecture’ of; ‘now’, ‘then’, and the future. This makes it straightforward to describe the GSA as the 'the future'.


Q: Did the GSA teach you to be an architect?
A: Yes, it does and it teaches more than the practice. The weekly movie awakens a political consciousness amongst the students. 


Q: What do you have to say to future applicants and the next generation of architects?

A: Welcome to the future. Open up your mind to the new world; it will break you, re-shape you, mould you and send you into the future as the solution to the continent and the globe at large. 


Q: Which staff member made an impact on your life at the GSA?
A: Thireshen Govender; Jhono Bennett; Lesley Lokko.


Israel Ogundare - Unit 14 Alumni, 2017. Graphic Design: © DieAteljee

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