Andrew Makin is a lead architect at designworkshop : sa, an architecture practice based in Durban, South Africa, which has won multiple awards for its work, defining itself by the quality and relevance of its conceptual design, production and final resolution. Andrew will be leading the conversation on DESIGNING_identity, exploring the role’s design plays in developing a national identity.
Professor Edgar Pieterse holds the position of DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Urban Policy, director of the African Centre for Cities and Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town. Edgar will be talking with Sithole Mbanga, CEO of SA Cities Networks, an organisation that encourages the exchange of information, experience and best practices on urban development and city management. Together, Edgar and Sithole will look at DESIGNING_cities, and how engaging cities will allow for a broader understanding and ability to problem solve the socio-economic issues that face them.
Urban designer, principal architect and co-founder of 26’10 south Architects, Thorsten Deckler, will share the insights gained through practicing architecture in one of the most complicated and unequal societies in the world. He lectured locally and abroad on the work of 26’10 south as well as on the processes of informal urbanism. He initiated the research project Housing and the Informal City in collaboration with the Goethe Institute investigating the processes of informal housing. He will talk on DESIGNING_housing and question the need for yet another designer chair, iconic building or pretty-picture urban framework when the real needs of the majority of the population pose an infinitely more interesting and difficult challenge for designers and professionals to engage with.
Professor Harry Hausler is the CEO of TB/HIV Care Association as well as family physician, HIV clinician and preventive medicine specialist with 15 years of international public health experience in implementing and evaluating integrated tuberculosis and HIV programs. He will present on DESIGNING_healthcare, and how design can play a vital role in finding solutions to improve the systems through which to facilitate better health care delivery.
An architect and planner, Adita Kumar is currently working in informal settlements and backyards of South Africa as regional technical coordinator and deputy director for Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC) and Shack/Slum Dwellers International Alliance. Previously he worked as Head of Design and Planning for Nahr El Bared Palestinian Camp Reconstruction Project with the United Nations, Lebanon (UNRWA) and is shortlisted for the 2013 cycle of Aga Khan Award for Architecture. He will present on DESIGNING_services and how design can assist in improving services within the informal settlement sector.
Brad Brockman is the secretary general for Equal Education; a community and membership-based organisation and movement of learners, parents, teachers and community members working for quality and equality in South African education, through analysis and activism. Through his experiences, he will discuss DESIGNING_education and how, through the implementation of minimum norms and standards in school infrastructure, education systems can better serve South Africa’s younger population.