Counterspace is a Johannesburg-based collaborative architectural studio, directed by Sumayya Vally, Amina Kaskar and Sarah de Villiers. The firm is dedicated to architectural projects, exhibition design, art installation visualisation, public events curation and urban design, which are often rigorously research-based. Counterspace uses Johannesburg - its landscapes, systems, people and rituals - as their main inspiration for creating and approaching projects, with an aim to developing a uniquely Johannesburg and African design language. Their work is predominantly concerned with identity, otherness and imagining new futures; using image and narrative as a means to deconstruct and reconstruct their city. Counterspace has recently completed Folded Skies, a landscape installation set in Stellenbosch and executed in collaboration with StayEvlKids. The installation featured on Dezeen, and the practice on Domus’s Top 100 Architectural Firms of the Year for 2019.
Counterspace’s practice also involves an intrinsic relationship with post-graduate architecture schools in Johannesburg: Sumayya as Unit Leader in GSA Unit 12; Sarah as a tutor in GSA Unit 14; and Amina Kaskar at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Architecture and Planning.
25 July 2019
Bunting Road Campus,
University of Johannesburg.
Wine Bar: 18h00
Welcome Note & Talk: 18:30 – 19:15
Q & A: 19:15 – 19:45
Please note: all lectures are free and open to the public. All lectures earn CAT 1, 0.3 CPD credits. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so please come early to avoid disappointment!