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.
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.