Posted: 17 July 2020
GSA Files. Darren Sampson. ST #11. © Fred Swart

Darren Sampson
St #11

A personal interest in the phenomenon of light and dark along with a curiosity of atmosphere has brought him to this point.

In 2017 Darren joined Craig McClenaghan Architecture until mid-2019. He was mentored by Craig McClenaghan and worked on several deep and meaningful projects with varying scales: from a historically rich exhibition at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site to a wonderful sensitive residential project located in the low veld wilderness of Hoedspruit.

Towards the end of 2018, he found himself returning to the GSA as an archivist and assisting with student exhibitions and school events. He is also currently part of a team in Dubai working on a pavilion that will form part of EXPO 2020.


Q: What was your time at the GSA like?
A: Challenging and wonderfully enlightening.


Q: How has the GSA impacted your life?
A:  It has shifted my understanding of what architecture is and can be.


Q: How do you think the GSA is shifting the profession?
A: It challenges how we draw, think & speak about architecture in South Africa.


Q: What do you have to say to future applicants and the next generation of architects?
A: Find your own voice and then listen deeply.


Q: Describe the GSA in one word / one sentence.
A: Sublime.


Q: Which staff member made an impact on your life at the GSA.
A: Lesley Lokko, Craig McClenaghan & Sumayya Vally.


Darren Sampson - Unit 12 Alumni, 2016. Graphic Design: © DieAteljee

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