Michael Louw completed his BArch degree at the University of Pretoria in 1998. He worked as an architect in the United Kingdom for two years where he was involved with commercial projects before returning to South Africa to work on a number of large mixed-use developments. He has completed more than seventy houses, a number of commercial buildings, and a series of industrial adaptive re-use projects that include the Turbine Hotel & Spa on Thesen Islands. He attended the Glenn Murcutt Master Class in Australia in 2005 and he completed postgraduate BPhil and MPhil degrees in Sustainable Development Planning and Management at Stellenbosch University. Since joining UCT full-time in 2012, he has taught design and technology in the undergraduate programme, and design and theory in the postgraduate programme. He currently co-convenes the MArch(Prof) year and teaches an Aspects of History and Theory elective in the BAS(Honours) year.
He was the project leader for the school’s annual Imizamo Yethu design-build project from 2012 – 2017, and he was the architectural team leader for Team Mahali, the joint entry between Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town, which won 2nd place in the architecture contest at the Solar Decathlon Africa held in Morocco in 2019. His research focuses on transformative design, contemporary architecture in Africa, design-build practice, and technology, and he is currently registered for his PhD at UCT.