Posted: 12 November 2019

The Politics of Architecture in Africa Workshop at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) is organised in collaboration with the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS University of London and the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg

Why the ‘politics’ of architecture?
Architecture is possibly the most political of all the arts. Particularly within a civic and public sense, it usually requires large capital investment and is thus predominantly commissioned by political and cultural elites. Architecture defines the landscapes of our daily activities, giving a face to our political institutions, and measuring out the quality of our facilities, services and houses. More than any other art, it is linked to the material realm of politics, illustrating and shaping wealth distribution and access to power. But it also carries collective symbolic meaning, defining the public sphere, embodying history, mediating, narrating and shaping collective experience.

Professor Julia Gallagher
SOAS University of London

Professor Lesley Lokko, GSA, University of Johannesburg
& Spitzer School of Architecture, CUNY


Irene Appeaning Addo, Ghana, University of Ghana
Caio Simoes de Araujo, Angola, Wits University
Awut Atak, South Sudan, Kingston University
Jonathan Cane, Angola, DRC & Congo, Wits University
Daniel Mulugeta Gebrie, Côte d’Ivoire & Ghana, SOAS University of London
Marie Gibert, Kenya Independent scholar
Tonderai Koschke, Zimbabwe, Munich
Emmanuel Kusi Ofori-Sarpong, Ghana Central University, Ghana
Thandi Loewenson, Zambia, UCL
Jabu Absalom Makhubu, South Africa GSA, University of Johannesburg
Kuukuwa Manful, Ghana & Senegal, SOAS University of London
Harriet McKay, South Africa, London Metropolitan University
Ib Ncube, Malawi, SOAS University of London
Baba Oladeji, Nigeria, Ministry of Architecture, NYC
Yusuf Patel, South Africa, GSA University of Johannesburg
Giulia Scotto, Basel
Joanne Tomkinson, Ethiopia, SOAS University of London
António Tomás, Angola, GSA University of Johannesburg
Eric Wright & Claudia Morgado, South Africa and Mozambique, GSA University of Johannesburg
Tony Yeboah, Ghana, Yale University
Huda Tayob, South Africa, GSA University of Johannesburg

This project has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 772070.