HOMEGROWN # 07 COUNTERSPACE
Named in Domus’ ‘Top 100 Architectural Firms of the Year’ in 2019, this three-woman practice who combine teaching, research and practice are an emerging African force to watch! Sumayya Vally (Unit 12 Leader) and Sarah de Villiers (Unit 14 Tutor) have been teaching at the GSA since its inception in 2015 and we cannot imagine the school without them! Their Thursday, 25 July 2019 lecture was a masterclass in poise, depth and performance. Want to know a few interesting facts? They had to introduce themselves! Counterspace had to introduce themselves! Sumi’s favourite colour is gold. Sarah’s favourite colour is black. Sarah speaks Italian as well as English and Architecture They do everything at the GSA – and we mean ‘everything.’ They are fast becoming the GSA’s most traveled tutors, from Hong Kong to Sydney to the US to New Zealand.
HOMEGROWN # 06 COHEN & GARSON
Nina Cohen and Fiona Garson have been in partnership for 15 years, producing a stream of ground-breaking and innovative buildings. They received the Visi Designer of the Year Award in 2012 for the the Wits Art Museum, a much-loved and much-visited local landmark. They also received an Award of Excellence from Gifa and a National Award of Merit from SAIA for WAM. They lectured on Thursday, 30 August 2018 and brought the house down. Want to know a few interesting facts? Both Nina and Fiona graduated from Wits. Fiona founded her own practice, Fiona Garson Architects in 1993. Nina and Fiona joined forces in 2002, establishing Cohen and Garson Architects. They’ve established themselves as one of the leading practices in South Africa, known particularly for their educational buildings Their Wits Art Museum, WAM, is one of the best-loved buildings in Braamfontein.
HOMEGROWN # 05 TOM CHAPMAN
Thomas Chapman founded Local Studio in 2011 with the intention of using design to create social and economic development for people of all classes. In just under a decade, they are one of the leading firms dealing with public space and social infrastructure in South Africa. His Thursday, 9 March 2017 lecture was packed, and this was before he’d even started teaching at the GSA! Want to know a few interesting facts? Tom has a Master’s degree in Urban Design from Wits Local Studio started in 2012 and now has 14 full-time staff members. Their first book, Hustles, was published in 2019!
Homegrown # 03 Bob van Bebber
It’s fair to say that there wouldn’t be an International Lecture Series without Bob van Bebber. His commitment to educating and inspiring a whole new generation of African architects is without parallel. In a difficult and uncertain economic climate, Bob’s determination to make sure our students and practitioners (young and not-so-young) get to see, hear and have drinks with dozens of high-profile, emerging and hidden thinkers and makers come to Johannesburg has been an incredible ‘gift’ to Johannesburg’s wider architectural culture. His talk on Thursday, 17 August 2017 was an eye-opener! Want to know a few interesting facts? Bob doesn’t smoke or drink but he swears a lot. He loved Lego as a child. Still does. He studied at Wits under Pancho Guedes and counts him as one of the reasons he became an architect. He always wanted to design a football stadium . . . and he did! He speaks Dutch as well as English and Afrikaans He comes to every ILS lecture! We adore Bob.
GSA Film Project Wins a Place in the Finals!
Two of the staff-student collaborations in the global Women in Architecture film competition have been selected as finalists! The two short films, The Master's House and An Inventory of Feminist Upheaval, directed by Prof Lesley Lokko, Dr Huda Tayob, Sumayya Vally and Sarah de Villiers, in collaboration with architects Kate Otten, Tanzeem Razak, Amina Kaskar, Althea Peacock, Dr Philippa Tumubweinee and students Gugulethu Mthembu, Olasumbo Olaniyi, Cornel Hugo, Yolisa Nqonqosa, Heidi Lu, Meladi Montjane, Terrence Mkhwanazi, Tonia Murray and Tarika Pather. The film competition, organised by New York-based ArchiteXX, will hold a screening in New York on October 20, 2019 at 6pm at the Cinépolis Chelsea, 260 W 23rd Street, NY 1011. STUDENT FILM FINALISTS Anne Lacaton by Jacob Walter Chiu-Hwa Wang by Hsuliyu Muto, Simin Lee, Dioxi Research The ABC’s of Pamela Cluff by Samantha Leger, Rebecca Rogers An Inventory of Feminist Upheaval by Lesley Lokko, Sarah de Villiers, Sumayya Vally & Huda Tayob The Master’s Tools by Lesley Lokko, Sarah de Villiers, Sumayya Vally & Huda Tayob Nikole Bouchard by Brodie Kerst Pasifica Women in Architecture by Arielle Roache & Vula To’ofohe Women In Construction by Torerra Cardoso, Karyna Enahoro, Micaiah Newell-Grant, Serena Harris & Gugulethu Moyo E1027 by Emily Cass, Max Ouellette-Howitz & Seth Thompson
Homegrown # 01 Kunlé Adeyemi
Kunlé Adeyemi was the very first speaker in our series, opening to a full house on Thursday, 11 August 2016 at MOAD. In considerable pain from an eye operation only days before, he and Prof Lesley Lokko chatted for over an hour about his early career with OMA, studying in Lagos; his rapid rise to fame; his interest in cities on water; Makoko I, II & III and his ambitions for the future. Want to know a few interesting facts? Kunlé Adeyemi studied architecture at the University of Lagos where he ran into Rem Koolhaas. His father was an architect. He’s mostly vegetarian. He lives almost simultaneously in Lagos, Amsterdam and the US.