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SACAP : Women's perspectives on Architecture lecture, WITS, 07 August 2017

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The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) and the University of Witwatersrand (WITS) School of Architecture and Planning will be hosting a lecture entitled “Women’s perspectives on Architecture” on Monday, 07 August 2017 to commemorate Women’s Day on 09 August 2017 in celebration of  Women’s Month which is held in South Africa during the month of August.

The lecture will profile successful women currently in practice, as one of the initiatives of SACAP’s Women in Architecture, South Africa (WiASA) programme which was launched in 2015 to address the transformation of women within the profession.


Monday, 07 August 2017


09h00 – 10h00


University of Witwatersrand - School of Architecture and Planning, Room A1, Dorothy Susskin Auditorium, Ground floor, John Moffat Building.

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The Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIfA) has provided for 0.1 credit




Topic: WITS Transformation objectives and introduction of the speakers
Presenters: Kshama Rajagopalan, (1st year lecturer) and Kiki Doermann, (Senior Lecturer), University of Witwatersrand (WITS) School of Architecture and Planning.


Topic: Women in Architecture, South Africa (WiASA) programme - highlighting the current registration statistics and the transformation perspectives of WiASA.
Presenter: Jacquie Cullis, Manager: Stakeholder Relations
The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP).


Topic: Brand Me Architect
Presenter: Sinethemba Buthlezi
Information about the presenter:
Sinethemba Buthlezi is a SACAP registered Candidate Architect and graduate of Wits University and UKZN. She has served as Student President for the triennial architectural world congress: UIA2014Durban and has worked with reputable firms in Durban and Johannesburg which specialise in commercial, cultural and educational buildings and is currently working at MMA Architects.

The presentation will cover her experience of the following:

· Architectural education and the application within architectural practice, with the emphasis on whether being a woman has posed any real challenges when compared to male counterparts in the workplace.

· Women being at the forefront of leadership and management within the public and private sectors.

· An entrepreneurial mindset to the work that women architectural professionals perform and the diversification of their experience, education and skill set.


Topic : Counter-visions for future cities
Presenter : Amina Kaskar, SACAP registered professional architect.
Information about Counterspace
Counterspace is a Johannesburg-based collaborative studio of young female architecture graduates, established in 2014 by Sarah de Villiers, Amina Kaskar and Sumayya Vally. Counterspace is dedicated to research-based projects, which take the form of architectural work, exhibition design, competition work, urban insurgency, and public events. Their work is predominantly concerned with ideas for future and otherness; playing with image and narrative as a means of deconstructing and reconstructing space and city, ultimately with the aim to incite provocative thought around perceptions of Johannesburg.

In 2015, the firm was invited to participate in the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, where they showcased their work entitled ‘Lost and Found’, in collaboration with photographer Jason Larkin. They recently participated in a research program entitled "Constructing Future Cities" which hosted women artists to produce works which seek to interpret, engage and assemble the views of young women in the built environment sector.

09h45 – 10h00

Topic: Tips for excellence in the profession.
Presenter: Buhle Mathole, is a SACAP registered professional architect. She is the director and founding member of Kabu Design Architects which is a 100% female owned practice specialising in commercial and various spatial projects.

Kabu Design Architecture mission is to embark on architecture that is contextualized within the South African landscape which is achieved through excellence as a hallmark to their philosophy.