Posted: 19 June 2020
GSA Files. Kennedy Chikerema. ST #07. © Fred Swart

Kennedy Chikerema
ST #07

Kennedy Chikerema was a recent Masters graduate at the University of Johannesburg’s, Graduate School of Architecture, and is currently working as a candidate architect. He enjoys music, painting, cooking, reading, taking long walks, socializing and photography – just to mention a few. 

He also has keen interests in the exploration of economic, social and political aspects that drive our emerging economies and the spaces around us, specifically through his academic tenure. 

Notably, his work represented the University of Johannesburg at the Venice Biennale in Italy in 2018. In 2017 he had the opportunity to represent the school at the 10th Annual International Forum of Urbanism Conference in Hong Kong. His work has also been published in various publications such as the Architectural Ethnographies by Atelier Bow Wow’s.


Q: What was your time at the GSA like?
A: Truly life-changing and a one of a kind experience.


Q: How has the GSA impacted your life?
A: It has made me see architecture in a whole new realm.


Q: How do you think the GSA is shifting the profession?
A: Radically! The term "architect" has been broadened by the school. It showed me that an architect does not only "draw buildings" but is also a storyteller, a mediator, an expressionist and an artist – just to mention a few.


Q: Did the GSA teach you to be an architect?
A: Definitely, it has changed my self-image of the kind of architect that I aspire to be. It has led me to start on a soul-searching journey.  


Q: What do you have to say to future applicants and the next generation of architects?
A: Open your mind and just take a great leap of faith. The journey is truly amazing and inspiring once taken. 


Q: How do you describe the movement we are creating at the school?
A: It is shaking the industry. The term architect has been broadened where one can see the intermarriage of various other professionals such as artists, poets and researchers which (to a certain extent) I think is lacking in most schools. 


Q: Describe the GSA in one word / one sentence.
A: Life-changing.


Q: Which staff member made an impact on your life at the GSA.
A: Hats off to Thiresh Govender and Sarah de Villiers.


Kennedy Chikerema - Unit 14 Alumni, 2018. Graphic Design: © DieAteljee

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