Iain Low is professor at the University of Cape Town in the School of Architecture Planning and Geomatics where he convenes the post graduate programs in architecture : BAS [Hons], MArch [prof], MArch [Research], MPhil [Arch] and PhD. He was Fulbright scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, a Pew Fellow in the Arts in Philadelphia and a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome [AAR].
His studio inquiry focuses on both housing and urbanism, and in design build research [DBR] studios through a simulated office studio directed at small scale social innovation projects that emerge from real everyday conditions in Cape Town. Research methods for architectural design focuses on the development of critical skills for independent design inquiry through action inquiry, with a particular emphasis on post occupancy evaluation [POE] of the autonomy of architectural form as perpetuated by western modernism.
As a practitioner he was Project Architect for the World Bank / GoL where he researched and designed 300 schools and related facilities for the Training for Self Reliance Project [TSRP] throughout Lesotho, and has designed an award winning installation of Iziko S A Museums San Rock Art in Cape Town. Currently his research area is space and transformation and the spatialisation of the contemporary [post apartheid] city. He is published in a number of local and international journals. Most recently he was a member of the non west modern conference organized by AAAsia in Singapore and has chapters in the publications Handbook of Architectural Theory [SAGE] and On Making [UJ] due out in early 2011. He is also editor of the Digest of South African Architecture and the Digest of African Architecture.