Posted: 24 July 2020
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GSA Files. Ruby Nyasha Mungoshi. ST #12. © Fred Swart

Ruby Nyasha Mungoshi
ST #12

Ruby is a Candidate Architect and was a Master’s student at the Graduate School of Architecture during 2017/2018. Her projects were described as “inventive and wide-ranging. ”

It was from this final year of Architecture that Ruby developed an interest in experimenting with the ideas of beauty-in-architecture and the role of seduction in processes of acculturation. Since beauty in the body and in Architecture is subject to values and to ideals that are Eurocentric, Ruby’s aim throughout is to seduce the user/reader into accepting and incorporating ‘otherness’ into the beauty lexicon.

Q: What was your time at the GSA like?
A: This has been an incredible experience that has helped me reshape my thinking and my views on architectural design, statements and representation. I had never imagined tackling such complex human issues in architecture. The assumed diagnosis for solving most architectural problems is programme and function when in fact there are almost always deeper underlying issues at hand.

 

Q: How has the GSA impacted your life?
A: It has given me an authoritative voice.

 

Q: How do you think the GSA is shifting the profession?
A: It is widening the ways to practice architecture.

 

Q: What do you have to say to future applicants and the next generation of architects?
A: Everyone has instinctive intuition, as well as a voice. The GSA can help you articulate these into strong concepts and visuals. 

 

Q: How do you describe the movement we are creating at the school?
A: It allows for experimental exploration of architecture.

 

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

 

Ruby Nyasha Mungoshi - Alumni, 2018. 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.