Posted: 09 December 2018     |     Author: Prof Lesley Lokko

Dr Huda Tayob will be joining the GSA as History & Theory Programme Convener in 2019. She is currently a Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. She received a Master’s degree in Architecture (with distinction) from the University of Cape Town and subsequently worked in architectural practices prior to starting her PhD. Her PhD draws on postcolonial theories and subaltern studies literature to research the ‘opaque architectures’ of pan-African markets in Cape Town. Her current research looks at the entanglement of these sites with other related spaces on the continent and beyond. Her wider academic interests include a focus on minor and subaltern architectures, the politics of invisibility in space, and the potential of literature to respond to archival silences in architectural research. She has been awarded a Scott Opler Emerging Scholar Fellowship for the 2019 Society of Architectural Historians 72nd Annual Conference and is the recipient of a Commendation from the RIBA President’s Medal Research Award committee. HTD will focus on methods, fields and archives- the key material of architectural history and theory. It questions and interrogates how and where architectural knowledge is produced and re-produced. The starting point will be a series of archaeological sites. Central to the course is thinking through the potential of new and wider architectural archives of particular spaces, sites and their histories, while simultaneously working through older archives in new ways. 

Dr Huda Tayob. © Courtesy of UCL