Alta Steenkamp obtained a Bachelor in Architecture at the School of Architecture, University of Pretoria, in 1991. In 1994 she took up a permanent position in the School of Architecture at the University of Pretoria. In 1998 she obtained the qualification of Master of Architecture (cum laude) with a thesis titled A pattern of Boer settlement at the Cape Eastern Frontier, 1769-1779. Her teaching and research focus areas initially revolved around the history of southern Africa’s built environment and the relationship of local theories in architecture to a broader architectural discourse. In 2004 she took up a senior lecturer’s post at the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town. Here she developed a research focus area that would critically consider the spatial practice of South Africa’s segregated past. Through an interrogation of past social and spatial practices she aims to provide a history of space and power to raise consciousness among students who never experienced apartheid but who, in design, deal with the consequences of an unequal past. In 2008 she completed a doctoral student at the Technical University of Delft on these concerns in relation to the Voortrekker Monument and Native Township Model. In 2009 she became an Associate Professor and was the Director of the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics until the end of 2014.