Homegrown # 04 Boom Architects
BOOM Architects were the first GSA tutors to lecture in the ILS on Thursday, 19 October 2017. Craig McClenaghan introduced Eric Wright and Claudia Morgado to the delight of Unit 13 students in particular, who’d never seen Eric sweat! Their talk deftly wove practice, research, building and ideas and set the bar for all the other GSA tutors who followed. Want to know a few interesting facts? Eric plays in a band, co-owns a coffee shop, fixes motorcycles and makes a mean Bloody Mary in his ‘spare’ time. Claudia and Eric studied together at Wits, they have taught together since 2012 and they’ve run a practice together for the past eight years . . . and they’re still on speaking terms! Claudia gives gifts of her father’s honey (he’s a beekeeper) at Christmas and it’s the best honey in Jo’burg
Homegrown # 02 David Adjaye
Sir David Adjaye’s chat-show style talk at MOAD on Thursday, 10 August 2017 was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the entire series. To an absolutely packed crowd, including the Vice Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, and the Dutch Ambassador (as well as 600 eager and somewhat star-struck students and practitioners), Sir David and GSA Director Prof Lesley Lokko spoke about the award-winning architect’s life, ambitions and career. Want to know a few interesting facts? Sir David Adjaye was born in Tanzania in 1967 to Ghanaian parents. He was the first African student to win the coveted RIBA President’s Silver Medal in 1991. He’s a vegan.
Homegrown: Celebrating African Architectural Talent
Homegrown is a social media and print campaign that celebrates the African talent in our GSA-Boogertman + Partners International Lecture Series. Each week, we plan to release a short description, video link (if available) and information about the amazing line-up of African and architects who've spoken in the series since it began in 2016. The series is listed alphabetically and draws conceptually on the idea of the periodic table. Each description will have a link to the introductions that we've made over the years, an interesting and perhaps unknown fact about the speaker and the date of their lecture. All Africans, including South Africans and Africans-in-the-Diaspora, are included. At our last count, we've had 31 African speakers out of a total of 47, which we believe is something worth celebrating, particularly in this very difficult week for South Africa.
Huda Tayob wins prestigious award!
Centring Africa: Postcolonial Perspectives on Architecture The GSA is delighted to announce that Dr Huda Tayob, Senior Lecturer and History and Theory Programme Convenor has been selected as a Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) Mellon fellow for the project, Centring Africa: Postcolonial Perspectives on Architecture. The CCA’s collaborative and multi-disciplinary project on post-independence architecture in sub-Saharan Africa questions architecture’s role in decolonisation, neocolonialism and globalisation across the continent, along with the methods and conventions of studying architectural and urban histories. Huda Tayob’s 18-month project looks into the event-architecture of the Kumasi, Accra, Addis Ababa and Dar es Salaam pan-African conferences and congresses which were held between 1953 and 1974.
Trans (Film Screening & Panel Discussion)
Join the GSA and Women Architecture Community in an evening of films, talks and discussions on the subject of women, gender and architecture. To celebrate Women’s Month and the GSA’s recent entry to the global Women-in-Architecture Film Competition, we will be showing our two short films, A Manifesto of Feminist Upheaval and The Master’s House, by Prof Lesley Lokko, Sumayya Vally, Dr Huda Tayob and Sarah de Villiers. Sumayya Vally, Dr Huda Tayob and Prof Lesley Lokko will chair the discussion. What importance does gender have in the design and shaping of the built environment? What does it mean to be a ‘female’ architect? What are the difficult questions around race, gender and class in South Africa’s architectural culture and community? Do women design differently? What are some of the more pressing questions around gender and identity at this time?
GSA Reading Group: Season 2 - 2019
This term, History and Theory senior lecturer, Dr Huda Tayob, convenes three sessions that will each be led by a different GSA Unit Tutor. The reading group is understood as a tool that fits into the wider framework of the Transformative Pedagogies agenda of the GSA. In taking the time for close reading and slow conversation, the group will talk through ways of thinking, theorizing and practicing architecture. We will question what we consider as architectural truths, along with the modes, methods and forms of writing which give ideas shape. These conversations are informal and open to all (staff and students included) and will take place at GSA Metro, 62 Juta St, Braamfontein. 06 August: Speaking in Tongues, led by Sumayya Vally | 20 August: Cyborg Feminisms, led by Khensani de Klerk | 3 September: Decolonising Museums, led by Sarah de Villiers | Click her for more information on readings!