News 14 Mar 2019
Prof Lesley Lokko at Aura Istanbul

On the 4th of March, GSA Director Prof Lesley Lokko presented #ALLMUSTFALL, a lecture on the pursuit of transformative pedagogy in the African context, at Aura Istanbul! Architecture and Urbanism Research Academy Istanbul (AURA Istanbul) is an academy operating to foster cooperation between interdisciplinary programs and practices, across various urban environments and phenomena. Click on this post to access a link to the lecture online.

News 10 Mar 2019
TRANS-- (We Should All Be Feminists)

Following an invitation by ArchiteXX (, we are looking for eight dynamic students (male, female, non-binary) to participate in this ground-breaking project. The competition organisers are calling for 1-2 minute films about gender and architecture, continuing global efforts to write women into architectural history, this time via film. To take part, you should be interested in ideas about gender, sexuality, women in architecture, identity and feminism. We have a spectacular line-up of African women architects whom we would like you to interview. Prof Lokko, Counterspace, Steffen Fischer and Zaheer Cassim will work with you to develop your film(s). Each of the finished films will be reviewed by an esteemed jury of architects, design professionals and industry leaders. A selection of films will be publicly screened during New York’s Archtober month-long focus on architecture and will be available online once they have been screened. Watch your e-mails and look out for our call-for-participants in the next couple of weeks!

News 08 Mar 2019
Prof Antonio Tomas to join the GSA!

Prof António Tomás will be joining the GSA as Associate Professor/Programme Convener in May 2019. He is currently a Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of MA in Southern Urbanism at the African Centre for Cities, at the University of Cape Town. His PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University was a study on Refracted Governmentality: space, politics, and social structure in contemporary Luanda. He has done extensive fieldwork research in Luanda (the capital city of Angola), focusing more specifically on the modalities of urban transformation from the city’s inception, during the Portuguese rule to postcolonial times. The main findings of these research projects are at the centre of his forthcoming book, In the skin of city: Luanda or the dialectics of spatial transformation (under contract with Duke University Press). He authored a biography of the Guinéa-Bissau-born nationalist Amílcar Cabral, with the title Amílcar Cabral: O Fazedor de Utopias, published in Portugal (Lisboa: Tinta-da-China, 2008) and in Cape Verde (Praia, Spleen 2009). He is now working on an updated English version to be published in 2019 by Hurst, in London, under the title Amílcar Cabral: the life of a reluctant nationalist. Tomás has worked in various capacities in institutions of higher education such as École Superieure des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and Sciences Po, both in France, Makerere University and Stellenbosch University, in Uganda and South Africa. He is currently the recipient of two residential fellowships at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS) and at the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) where, among other things, he will be working on turning his book, In the Skin of the City, into an architectural exhibition on Luanda. As Associate Professor/Programme Convener Prof Tomás will be responsible for shaping, managing and delivering a cutting-edge programme suited to the inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary context of African architecture and urbanism. He will also supervise students enrolled in the faculty-wide PhD in Art & Design (with a specialisation in architecture or urbanism). In addition, he will assist with history and theory teaching for M1 and will act as critic and reviewer for the Design Units in the same programme. Text by Leslé Ince-Garcia

News 05 Mar 2019
Politics of Architecture Call for Papers!

The Politics of Architecture in Africa Workshop at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) organised in collaboration with the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS University of London and the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg. ---------------------------------------------------------- Click on this post for more information about the call to participate!

News 01 Mar 2019

Olalekan Jeyifous is a Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based artist and designer. He creates “architectural follies” from bits and pieces of the cities he knows and loves. He received a BArch from Cornell University and is a visual artist whose work has been exhibited at venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, the MoMA, the Vitra Design Museum and the Guggenheim in Bilbao. He has recently completed artist residencies with the Headlands Center for the Arts, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions program, and he was a Wilder Green Fellow at the MacDowell Colony. In addition to his extensive exhibition history, he has spent over a decade creating large-scale artwork for a variety of public spaces. He created award-winning installations for Starbucks located in the Barclays Arena in Brooklyn and their Flagship store located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighbourhood. Most recently, he has completed commissions for the Durham SmART Vision Plan, a 50ft-tall sculpture for the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and 4 large sculptures for Public Square in downtown Cleveland, OH.

News 01 Mar 2019
Kate Otten announced as GSA External Examiner for 2019!

This year, the GSA is proud to host a series of prolific local and international architects, practitioners and thinkers for the school's external examinations to be held in November. Kate Otten joins the list - an acclaimed South African architect having completed 160 buildings, some of which include the Women's Gaol at Constitution Hill, Tembisa Community Library, the Centre for Experiential Learning in Booysens, and the recently completed Law on Keyes in Rosebank. Read about Kate's spatial sensitivity, craft and transformative intent in the recent feature in Visi's February/ March Issue - click here for more details!

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