Philippa Tumubweinee

Senior Lecturer

Philippa Tumubweinee is a senior lecturer at the School of Architecture, Planning & Geomatics at the University of Cape Town and a Doctoral candidate at the department of Higher Education Studies, University of the Free State under Prof. Loyiso Jita (SANRAL Chair for Education and Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of the Free State) and Prof. Thierry Lusecher (Director Education and Skills Development - ESD at the Human Sciences Research Council – HSRC). Her doctorate study in Higher Education Studies builds on her disciplinary background in Architecture with a focus on the intersection between transformation in higher education and space, and space-related concerns in higher education and at its institutions. Noteworthy, the premise for the doctoral study was presented as a keynote address at the 2012 NEXUS Architectural Conference in Newcastle Australia.


As an established academic and social science researcher (in the field of education), as well as a practicing Architect, Philippa has designed and project managed several architectural projects with various levels of complexity, including the new Physics building of the University of the Free State and E-Squared House – an experimental project in sustainable building systems commissioned by Johannesburg City Power. An “engaged scholar” with a high level of public engagement her commitment to making a real difference has taken her to be, for example, a committee member of the first ever architectural conference in Africa, AZA 2010, and again in 2012, and to act as the academic juror since 2013 on the prestigious AfriSAM Sustainability Merit Awards. In addition, Philippa serves as a committee member of the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for the Free State and Eastern Cape (2015-2017), and has represented Prof Jonathan Jansen at the inaugural Vice-Chancellors’ Conversation, chaired by Angican Archbishop Makgoba in 2014.


Philippa has successfully raised funds for various projects in teaching, research, and professional life. This involved writing successful and fundable grant proposals, as well as making strong presentations and successful negotiations with potential funders, including PPC and Maboneng Development, as well as other funders that would not typically fund academic projects. Her strong continental African networks and partnerships with colleagues at a number of institutions outside of South Africa contribute to an international and African continental network that includes partnerships and collaborations with colleagues in the following institutions and organisations: the Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA);  PPC Design Imaginarium; the AfriSAM Sustainability Awards; the South African Institute for Architecture (SAIA); The Design Ideas Conference; Uganda Martyrs University; Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST); and Disability in the Arts Australia (DADAA).

She is also an avid and active presence in the fashion, art and design industry in South Africa with a “crippling weakness for shoes” (Hugh Fraser: co-master of ceremonies at the AZA 2012 Proceedings)

Contact Details:

Phone: +27 (0)21 650 5819
Fax: +27 (0)21 650 2383