Posted: 06 October 2019
Counterspace. Homegrown Series # 07. © Fred Swart

No. 7
South Africa

Named in Domus’ ‘Top 100 Architectural Firms of the Year’ in 2019, this three-woman practice who combine teaching, research and practice are an emerging African force to watch! Sumayya Vally (Unit 12 Leader) and Sarah de Villiers (Unit 14 Tutor) have been teaching at the GSA since its inception in 2015 and we cannot imagine the school without them! Their Thursday, 25 July 2019 lecture was a masterclass in poise, depth and performance.

Interesting Facts:
They had to introduce themselves! Counterspace had to introduce themselves!
Sumi’s favourite colour is gold. Sarah’s favourite colour is black.
Sarah speaks Italian as well as English and Architecture. They do everything at the GSA – and we mean ‘everything.’ They are fast becoming the GSA’s most traveled tutors, from Hong Kong to Sydney to the US to New Zealand.

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