Posted: 29 May 2020
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GSA Files. Steffen Fischer. ST #04. © Fred Swart

Steffen Fischer
Student Files #04

Steffen Fischer graduated top of his class with distinction in 2018. His work and research over the past two years at the GSA investigated spatial metaphors in speculation on the use of architectural representation, communicating the dynamic relationships in migratory communities within the diaspora. Steffen continues to develop his research by furthering his studies at the African Centre for Migration & Society (WITS) by exploring spatial relationships between the centre and periphery, where the centre is the migrant/refugee community, and the periphery is the queer community.

 

Q: What was your time at the GSA like?
A: My time at the GSA was probably one of the most insane and incredible times in my life; an elliptical journey, from archaeology to anthropology, from haute couture to haute culture and back again...

 

Q: How has the GSA impacted your life?
A: The GSA has made me realise that there is more to life than just ‘traditional’ architecture.  

 

Q: How do you think the GSA is shifting the profession?
A: I think by producing an exceptional group of graduates who are better equipped with a bigger than ever toolbox of methodologies, paradigms, dreams, critical understandings, ways-of-doing and making, that places architecture with a capital ‘A’ on the African map.

 

Q: Did the GSA teach you to be an architect?
A: The GSA taught me that no idea is too small or big, ambitious or radical to achieve. We are architects of our own future(s). 

 

Q: Are you an architect? Do you make architecture?
A: Yes and everything in between. Yes, define architecture!?

 

Q: What do you have to say to future applicants and the next generation of architects?
A: If you ever were unsure, now is the time! 

 

Q: How do you describe the movement we are creating at the school?
A: (Trans)formative, tactical and invigorating.

 

Q: Describe the GSA in one word / one sentence.
A: Copy, paste, fold, pleat, stitch and emboss.

 

Q: Which staff member made an impact on your life at the GSA.
A: Stephen Steyn (2017), Prof Lesley Lokko, Sumayya Vally & Craig McClenaghan (2018) - anything is possible if you pour your heart and soul into it!

 

Stefelino Fischer - Unit 12 Alumni, 2019. Graphic Design: © DieAteljee

GSA Files is an initiative that tracks our past students, staff and critics, in an ongoing, live archive of works and networks. View more records on our GSA Files tab on our website: gsa.ac.za.