Sarah De Villiers

Unit Leader

Sarah de Villiers has taught for four years at the Graduate School of Architecture, UJ, including previously within Unit 14: Rogue Economies, concerned with emergent post-apartheid urban economies in Johannesburg. She has contributed as a founder and architect at Counterspace, an all-women architecture, installation and research firm in Johannesburg. Sarah’s interests lie in spatio-economic practices, as well as elements which involve ‘otherness’ – particularly practices which embed themselves as unexpected systems, defying logics of surrounding scale, time, accessibilities, identity or broader policy environments.

Huda Tayob

Unit Leader

Dr Huda Tayob is History & Theory Programme Convener at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg. She holds a PhD from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Cape Town. Her research interests include a focus on migrant, minor and subaltern architectures; the politics of invisibility; and the potential of literature to respond to archival silences in architectural research. She has previously taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and worked as a researcher at LSE. Her recent publications include ‘Subaltern Architectures: can drawing “tell” a different story?’ (2018, Architecture and Culture.) and “The Unconfessed Architectures of Cape Town” (2020).

Naadira Patel

Unit Tutor

Naadira Patel is an artist, designer and a researcher. She currently runs StudioStudio, a multi-disciplinary studio for art, research, design and project management, covering a range of publishing related practices, predominantly focused on issues concerning social justice, surveillance, and questions surrounding productivity and work. She has an MA in Cultural Analysis (2015) from the University of Amsterdam’s School for Cultural Analysis, The Netherlands and a BA Fine Arts (2010) from the Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Adam Osman

Unit Tutor

Adam is a candidate architect born and raised in Cape Town. He later moved to Johannesburg where he graduated from the University of Johannesburg, receiving a Masters with Distinction from Unit 14: Rogue Economies. His interests lie in how Johannesburg is shaped in dramatic ways by its economic practices, tactics and transactions. Following his masters degree, he held a position at Urban Works Architecture, whilst also tutoring within Unit 14. At present, he works for Counterspace Studio and is completing his second masters. He also runs his own practice called Six Degree Architects.

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