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Sarah De Villiers

Co-unit Leader

Sarah de Villiers is an architect and designer, based in Johannesburg. Her work engages with the spatially detectable abstractions of power and economy, and modes for transaction at the edges of these. Previously, she has contributed as an architect at Mashabane Rose Associates, UrbanWorks Architecture and Urbanism and as a founding director and architect at Counterspace.  She has also taught for three years within GSA Unit 14's Rogue Economies prior to co-leading Unit 18. She is currently the director of spaceKIOSK, a multidisciplinary design and research firm. 

Naadira Patel

Co-unit Leader

Naadira is an artist, designer, and researcher. She currently leads studiostudioworkwork, a multidisciplinary art, research, and design studio covering a range of publishing-related practices with a focus on issues of social justice, new surveillance landscapes, and questions surrounding productivity and work. She has an MA in Cultural Analysis (2015) from the University of Amsterdam’s School for Cultural Analysis and a BA in Fine Arts (2010) from the Wits School of Arts. Naadira has previously taught in the Fine Art departments of the Wits School of Arts and Rhodes University. Her research areas cover issues arising from new forms of technology that shape, manipulate or augment our experiences of and our existence within the world; emerging forms of surveillance capitalism; and questions on the new world of work, with a focus on ideas of precarious labour, productivity, and exhaustion.

Nothando Lunga

Unit Assistant

Nothando graduated from the Graduate School of Architecture, at the University of Johannesburg, where she received a Master’s degree with Distinction from Unit 18 Hyperreal Prototypes. Her interests lie in architecture that evokes emotion and prompts conversations with a focus on how people perceive, interact with, and remember spaces and the connection between body, imagination, and memory in a post-apartheid South Africa. Alongside her contribution to the unit she tutor's undergraduate History and Theory of Architecture at the University of Cape Town, and preceding her master’s degree, Nothando practiced at Designworkshop:sa. She will provide administrative support to the unit


Dr Huda Tayob

Co-unit Leader, 2020 

Huda Tayob is a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town. She was previously co-leader of Unit 18 and History and Theory Programme Convenor at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg. Her academic research focuses on migrant, minor and subaltern architectures, archival silences and postcolonial theory. She is also co-curator of Archive of Forgetfulness, and co-founder of Race, Space & Architecture. 


Adam Osman

Unit Assistant, 2020 

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