GSA Super Show 2018!
This year, we’re delighted to present ‘SUPER-SHOW 2018’, showcasing the work of almost 100 postgraduate students in our exhibition space at GSA MOAD, 281 Commissioner Street. With outstanding work from students in our six Units, prizes, (very short) speeches and a wine bar, it’s the ‘go-to’ event of the graduate season. Employers, would-be students, alumni, friends and families and the creative and curious are all welcome.
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Jonathan Manning is Group Managing Director at Osmond Lange + Ikemeleng Architects. He made his home in Johannesburg in 1999 after completing his studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. His professional journey in South Africa has included periods working in the offices of Peter Rich as well as OMM Design Workshop + Urban Solutions. In 2004, he co-founded Ikemeleng Architects, a practice that cut its teeth on public infrastructure projects including the Rea Vaya BRT and O.R. Tambo International Airport. Jonathan’s architectural interests are located as much in the voids between buildings as in buildings themselves. Set against the backdrop of South Africa’s immense inequality and incredible spatial distortion, the focus of much of Ikemeleng’s work has been on the public realm in Johannesburg, on the vital negative spaces where experience is collective, where sovereignty is shared and where common identity is forged (or at least should be). Jonathan speaks regularly both locally and internationally at conferences and symposiums on this topic and others linked to work of Osmond Lange + Ikemeleng.
New Appointment at the GSA
We're delighted to announce a new appointment at the GSA. Leslé Ince-Garcia joins us as Senior Executive PA to Prof Lokko and Communications Officer with the Communications Team. After a successful career as a project manager in the corporate environment, Leslé finds herself back in the tertiary education environment, which is where she started her career. Prior to joining the GSA Leslé was a Community Engagement Specialist and Alumni Project Manager at the University of Johannesburg. She holds a Master's degree in Public Relations Management from CPUT and a Bachelor's degree in Education from UJ. Leslé enjoys spending time with her family, which includes the human and furry members, as well as doing DIY projects around the house.
We're Braanching Out!
The GSA is 'braanching' out into Braamfontein! A brand-new review and gallery space will be added to the GSA's two locations - GSA Main (at FADA) and GSA MOAD (Museum of African Design). The new 200m2 space is perfect for projection, film and reviews, with academic offices and a small gallery at the rear. Located in the heart of Braamfontein, it will be up and running by the start of the new academic year. We're looking forward to the opening wine bar!
It's a Wrap!
Twenty-six critics from around the world - Trinidad & Tobago, Kenya, Australia, USA, Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Puerto Rico, USA, UK, Uganda and Cabo Verde - joined local critics in an outstanding week of reviews, conversations, ideas and exchange. Thank you to everyone who took part: it was the GSA's first-ever International Critics Week and it's a keeper! Looking forward to ICW 2019! With thanks to our photographers: Frederick Kannemeyer, Katherine Krone, Kgaugelo Lekalakala, Steffen Fischer, Steven Moore and Yolisa Nqonqoza. Bravo!
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Mpho Matsipa is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP and Curator at Studio-X Johannesburg. She is also a researcher at the Wits City Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. After completing her professional degree in Architecture at the University of Cape Town, with a distinction in design, Mpho was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and later, a Carnegie Grant as a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. Her PhD in Architecture, from the University of California, Berkeley, is titled The Order of Appearances, which explored the entangled geographies of urban informality, urban redevelopment and the politics of race, gender and aesthetics in Johannesburg’s inner city. Mpho has written critical essays and reviews on public art, culture and space for Art South Africa, the Architectural Review and Thesis 11 (forthcoming). Mpho has worked as an architect and has been shortlisted in two prestigious national design competitions. She has curated several exhibitions, including of the South Africa Pavilion at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale (2008), and she curates Studio-X Johannesburg, an experimental public platform on architecture and the city. Her research interests include globalisation and urbanism in African cities, spatial justice, and culture, race and representation.