Nic Coetzer

Associate Professor

Nic Coetzer is an Associate Professor and NRF rated researcher in the department and teaches mainly in the undergraduate programme with a focus on design, and history and theory of architecture. After graduating from the University of Natal in 1994, Nic pursued an M.Arch at the University of Colorado where he taught in 1997. After working and registering as an architect in Denver Nic moved to London in 1999 and completed his Ph.D. at the Bartlett School at the University of London in 2004, titled ‘The Production of the City as a White Space: Representing and Restructuring Identity and Architecture, Cape Town, 1892-1936’ which was published with Ashgate in 2013 as Building Apartheid – On Architecture and Order in Imperial Cape Town. Nic has also developed a research interest in design teaching, particularly what defines the limits of architectural pedagogy. These ideas and interests have a strong impact on Nic’s teaching which is student-focused with an emphasis on creativity, ideas, and design process which he demonstrated in his postgraduate co-supervision of over 210 MArch(Prof) students. Apart from many refereed publications in South African Journal of Art History and a regular ‘back page’ column in Architecture South Africa, Nic has recently published in the Architecture Research Quarterly. Book chapters can be found in 10+ Years 100+ Buildings, Architecture in a democratic South Africa, Material Matters. Architecture and Material Practice and most recently in Handbook for Sustainable Tourism Practitioners: The Essential Toolbox published by Edward Elgar. Nic has also co-edited sCapes: Not an… published with Cambridge Architectural Press. Nic has been an external examiner at the University of Pretoria, University of the Witwatersrand, and the University of the Free State for both theory and design in undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and has examined two theses and 5 dissertations. He has also contributed book reviews to various academic journal. He has also been a jury critic at the Bartlett School as well as the University of Westminster. Notwithstanding his passionate engagement with theory and teaching, Nic manages to test some of his design-teaching ideas through small-scale interventions in the physical world. At present Nic is the Third Year convenor and is writing his second book An Architecture of Care: A Genealogy of Moral Instrumentality from Arts and Crafts to Other Progeny to be published through Routledge.

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Phone: +27 (0)21 650 4154
Fax: +27 (0)21 650 2383