Programme Partners

International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction

(CIB) was established in 1953 with a mission to facilitate international cooperation in building and construction research and innovation. CIB is a network of over 5000 experts from 500 member organisations across 70 countries and includes most of the major laboratories and leading universities in building and construction. Two CIB Workgroups are Programme Partners of UIA 2014.

Wim Bakens

Secretary General of CIB (since 1994) and is a visiting professor at the University of Westminster in London, UK. He graduated in 1975, and obtained a PhD on “The Future of Construction” from the University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.



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CIB W110 Informal Settlements and Affordable Housing

engages with issues of sustainable livelihoods and community participation in informal settlements as well as how the exchange of technology may be achieved towards the development of the physical, social and economic conditions of human settlements. The commission also explores topics on the provision of affordable housing across the whole housing market.

Happy Ratna Santosa

Professor in Architecture, is Head of the Laboratory of Housing and Human Settlements at the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Indonesia (2008-present). She has fulfilled various roles at the ITS since 1975 including the Director of the Post-Graduate Programme (2003-2007) and Head of the Population and Environmental Research Centre (1988-1997).


Amira Osman

Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg, is the UIA 2014 Durban General Reporter. She studied at the University of Khartoum, obtained a diploma from the Institute for Housing Studies (IHS), Rotterdam and a PhD from the University of Pretoria. She is a registered architect and rated NRF researcher



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CIB W104 Open Building Implementation

Encompasses ideas about the making and incessant transformation of the built environment by acknowledging the existence of distinct levels of intervention, the principle that users must be enabled to make design decisions and the technical principle that the interface between systems allows change/replacement with minimum disruption and conflict.

Stephen Kendall

Emeritus Professor of Architecture, Ball State University, is a registered architect and educator. He received his PhD in Design Theory and Methods from Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the direction of Prof. John Habraken. He is currently conducting research for the US government on healthcare facility design for flexibility.
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Shin Murakami

Professor, Department of Human Environment, Sugiyama Jogakuen University, Japan, received his PhD from the University of Tokyo. He is also a photographer and a hyper-space creator. He lectures internationally and serves as an advisor to the Urban Renaissance Agency Chubu. His focus recently is on activation of the existing housing stock.


Jia Beisi

Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Hong Kong, studied at Southeast University in Nanjing, China, and obtained a PhD from the ETH Zurich. He is Director and Partner of Baumschlager Eberle Hong Kong. Ltd. He lectures internationally on his studies of adaptable housing design.



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South African Planning Institute

(SAPI), has over 1700 members and is overseeing the growth of the urban and regional planning professions in South Africa. SAPI aims to engage the built environment professions on collaborative and multi-disciplinary approaches to place making, project cross-overs and the possible professional integration towards the creation of great places.

Yusuf Patel

Studied Financial Economics at the University of London, Development Planning and Quantity Surveying at WITS. He is a professional planner and development specialist with a wide range of experience including Integrated Development Planning, Infrastructure Investment, Affordable Housing and Community Development. He is Executive Director at Basil Read and President of SAPI.


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Global Studio

Global Studio, a people- centered action research project since 2005, focuses on how participatory design and planning can better serve the needs of the urban poor. The exhibition, People Building Better Cities, shown in 8 countries and 12 cities in 2013 , shares the Global Studio approach, processes and outcomes.

Anna Rubbo

Anna Rubbo is a research scholar for the Centre for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University. Formerly at the University of Sidney, she was a member of the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Improving the Lives of Slum Dwellers (2002-04), and went on to found Global Studio in 2005.

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Rodney Harber

Architect, urban designer town planner, is principal of Rodney Harber and Associates. He has decades of community development†and design experience. He lectured for 4 decades nationally and internationally. Rodney has represented architectural education in Africa and is on the UNESCO and UIA Education Commissions. He has been involved with Global Studio since 2005


 Jennifer Van Den Bussche

Project manager for Global Studio, and director of Sticky Situations. She is a Project Manager with exceptional organisational and facilitation skills, complimented by a background in construction, training in architecture, and experience in Community Development. She is currently undertaking a Masters Degree in International and Community Development.


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The Social Housing Focus Trust

(SHiFT), is an NGO which provides expertise on the role and design of housing and human settlement in the transformation of the built environment, for building sustainable communities and humane settlements. It promotes an integrated approach through critical engagement with all stakeholders, and develops expertise through research/knowledge generation and through workshops, lectures and site visits.


Tariq Toffa

Executive Manager at SHiFT, lectures in the University of Johannesburg’s architecture department, and writes for writes for on social and urban topics. He completed his professional architectural studies at UCT, an architectural research Masters at WITS, and studied religious and constitutional law at UKZN


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The Public Health Group

(UIA-PHG), is a working body of the UIA. It was founded in 1955 and represents all continents. Its vision is that world public health can benefit through dedicated architects to provide efficient, safe and aesthetic healthcare buildings and an environment for enhanced healing of the patients, operations and staff satisfaction. The coordinators of this component of the UIA 2014 programme are both based at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in South Africa, one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa.

Geoff Abbott

Research architect working at the Built Environment Unit at the CSIR. His current focus is on the development of Guidelines, Norms and Standards for healthcare facilities in South Africa for the National Department of Health and on capacity development. He is a long standing member of the PHG and Honorary Life Member the SA Federation of Hospital Engineering.


Peta de Jager

Research group leader at the architectural engineering research group of the CSIR. She is a health infrastructure specialist and has been involved in several projects ranging from redrafting guidelines, norms and standards and working in TB infection prevention and control.



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Design Society Development

(DSD), is a Community of Practice (CoP) based in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA), University of Johannesburg (UJ). Its members represent the disciplines of Design, Development Studies and Economics. In the face of staggering inequality in South Africa, DSD interrogates research and projects that focus on the intersection of design, society and development.

Angus Donald Campbell

Senior Lecturer in Industrial Design, UJ, is a qualified industrial and product designer with over a decade of experience. His interest is in design and technology for sustainable development and his current transdisciplinary Doctorate in Development Studies explores innovation and adaptation of technology by small-scale urban farmers in Johannesburg.


Terence Fenn

Lecturer in Multimedia, UJ, is interested in interactive design and is currently enrolled for a Masters in Information Technology at UCT. He initially trained as a fine artist and obtained a Master of Art and Design Education at the University of New South Wales. His primary areas of interest include design for social development, design thinking and interactive technologies.


Naudé Malan

PhD and Senior Lecturer, Development Studies, UJ, has previously studied participation in Agricultural Development and his Doctorate investigated the role of Civil Society in the realization of the right to have access to social security. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for African Studies at Cambridge University and has taught at various faculties within UJ.


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Urban Waterways

 This program is sponsored by the Consortium for Hydro Generated Urbanism and was made possible by the generous support of the Ivan Smith Endowment and the College of Design Construction and Planning at the University of Florida

Co-Founders, Consortium for Hydro-generated Urbanism (CHU)

Nancy Clark, Associate Professor, Program Director Global Lab Research, Coordinator Ivan Smith Endowment School of Architecture University of Florida and Martha Kohen, Professor, School of Architecture University of Florida

The Consortium for Hydro-generated Urbanism (CHU) proposes a reconsideration of fluvial urbanism and coastal landscapes and a recalibration of our settlement patterns-how and where we live-in the context of climate variability, waste and energy management, global economic shifts, post- industrial legacies, environmental migration, and population growth within a rapidly urbanizing world. The interest of the group is to share on-going research and to propose collaborative programs, symposia, projects and studios and bring together an interdisciplinary perspective on prospective studies of adaptation, resiliency, environmental justice and asset preservation of waterway cities around the world. Our cooperation with academic institutions, governmental agencies and the private sector is international and extends from Florida and São Paulo to Rome and Nantes

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Nancy M. Clark

Associate Professor, Head of Graduate Programs University of Florida School of Architecture

Founder and Program Director UF G|SoA Global Lab Research ; Founding Member, Consortium for Hydro-generated Urbanism; Ivan Smith Endowment Coordinator


Martha Kohen

Dipl Arch CANTAB 1972, Professor University of Florida School of Architecture
Founding Member, Consortium for Hydro-generated Urbanism

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Architecture Education Forum

The Architectural Education Forum for Southern Africa will be hosting a critical discussion by educators around transformation and education, looking at educating architects in ways that are relevant and responsive to diverse and dynamic new contexts. Session one will be discussions around poster presentations on current strategies and session two aims to map a way forward in educational research.

Educational models from Europe and America have to be transformed to harness the potential of the multi-layered and multi-cultural contexts of Africa. A global conversation between educators can uniquely interrogate the gaps between theory, practice and society.

Ariane Janse van Rensburg

Ariane Janse van Rensburs is a Senior lecturer in design and teaching and learning convenor in the School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She has completed the following qualifications:

BAS (UCT), B.Arch (UCT), M Arch by Research (Wits).

She is currently busy with her PhD research on enabling transformation in architectural education. Ariane is also involved in various university teaching and learning bodies and serves SACAP and CAA accreditation panels. She started the Architectural Education Forum after a successful symposium hosted at Wits this year (2014).

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