News 03 Aug 2019

Unit 15X, in the University of Johannesburg’s Graduate School of Architecture, explores emerging public open spaces of cities in Africa. Over the last four years Unit15X has investigated public open space projects in three African cities –Johannesburg, Kampala and Dar es Salaam. Unit15X’s observations suggest that design studies of public open space are essential in contemporary Africa, because public open spaces offer life-changing opportunities as people migrate from rural to urban settlements. Unit15X views public open spaces as places: places of transaction, recreation, expression and invention. Our theme for 2019 centres around the critical investigation of emergent ‘larval’ public open spaces in Africa. Our interest is to reimagine and re-define public space beyond the traditional modernist/ Eurocentric ideals of places designed for relaxation, visual enjoyment or of “offering respite from the indoor environment for the working class”. Click here for more information on the Lecture!

News 20 Jul 2019

Craig McClenaghan is a Johannesburg-based architect and artist, with a particular interest in ‘cultural heritage’. Craig has worked on several museum and exhibition projects, including Liliesleaf, Origins Centre Engraved Rock Gallery and more recently, the Mandela Capture Site Museum exhibition and the transformation of the old Rembrandt Art Gallery at Wits University. In 2016, he formally established his eponymous studio, CMA, an exploratory multi-disciplinary design platform, engaging with researchers, writers, artists, curators, teachers and students. CMA's recently completed walkway installation at the Wonderwerk Cave archaeological research site received an award of merit from the South African Institute of Architects. Craig frequently appears as an external examiner at architectural schools around South Africa and teaches periodically at the University of Johannesburg’s Graduate School of Architecture.

News 08 Jul 2019
GSA Open Doors

Thinking of studying a post-graduate degree in architecture? Make sure the Graduate School of Architecture Open Day is in your calendar this winter... Join us on either of the two days offered for expanded responses on some of our frequently asked questions and information for interested students. Click here for more information on the open days.

News 08 Jul 2019

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.

News 06 Jul 2019

This coming semester, the GSA will host an exciting line-up of local and international practitioners, thinkers and makers - sponsored by Boogertman and Partners. Look out on our social media channels for details and updates!

News 23 Jun 2019
Forgetting Architecture 2019

Forgetting Architecture is a three-day event held from 29 July - 1 August which sees four international guests join Prof Lesley Lokko, Dr Huda Tayob and Craig McClenaghan for a series of talks, students reviews and discussions on the theme of memory and architecture, specifically on the role of practices at the edges of architecture (film, performance, landscape and narrative). Over the next three weeks, we’ll be profiling our speakers and sharing details of this exciting event. All talks are free and open to the public, and will be held at GSA Metro at 68 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Click here for more details!

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