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Philippa Tumubweinee

Senior Lecturer

Philippa Nyakato Tumubweinee awarded her PhD at the School of Higher Education Studies, University of the Free State under the supervision of Prof. Loyiso Jita (SANRAL Chair for Education | Dean of Education) and Prof. Thierry Luescher (Research Director: Education and Skills Development, HSRC) on the 28th June 2019, is: a co-founder and director of IZUBA INafrica Architects; and, senior lecturer and Head of School at Architecture Planning & Geomatics, University of Cape Town. Her focus on technology and construction in architecture is located in the first-year architecture studio.
After completing her M.Arch. Prof degree in 2006 with a notable distinction in Construction, tumubweinee was introduced to academia at the dept. of Architecture, University of Pretoria as an assistant Studio Master in the First Year Studio. In 2007 she joined the dept. of Architecture, University of Johannesburg (UJ) South Africa as the First-Year coordinator and Design Studio Master. In this role she was intimately involved in the recurriculation and programme development at the department. Noteworthy in collaboration with the FIRST YEAR STUDENTS from 2007 to 2012 she held several public exhibitions centered around the documentation of the city of Johannesburg, the most notable exhibitions being held at the Main Change: MABONENG precinct and at the Gesso Studio in Melville, Johannesburg.  From 2009 to 2012 she served on the board for the Gauteng Institute for Architects (GIfA) where she contributed to the re-branding and rejuvenation of GifA as an active vehicle through which the significance of architects and architecture is made visible in the broader society.  As a member of this Board, philippa was privileged to be part of the project team that brought that first international architectural festival AZA 2010 to the shores of South Africa.


In March 2012 till March 2017 she joined the dept. of Architecture, University of the Free State whilst working on her doctoral degree. In 2012 she served on the National Judging Panel for the SAIA Awards of Merit and Excellence and presented a paper on one of her projects the Esquared House at the ARCH THEO’12 conference in Istanbul. She was also the co-Master of Programme and Ceremonies at the second AZA 2012 Architectural Conference in Cape Town and gave the keynote at the NEXUS Architectural Students Conference, Australia. As a result, in 2013 she served on the National Judging Panel for the prestigious AfriSAM Sustainability Awards. 


Tumubweinee’s commitment to architectural education has developed through her involvement as an external examiner for MProf and BHons students in Architecture at, the University of Pretoria and Namibia University of Science and Technology. 

Tumubweinee is an avid and active presence in the design industry in South Africa with a crippling weakness for shoes, art and rugby.

ACADEMIC RESEARCH | PUBLICATIONS | CONFERENCES | EXHIBITIONS

2019  pIXEL (2019) First Year Architecture, AVA Gallery Cape Town, 01 October 2019

2019  Tumubweinee. P & Luescher. T, 2019 Inserting Space into the Transformation of Higher Education in Guest Ed(s). Tumubweinee. P & Luescher. T, Space, language and identity politics in higher education, JSAA Vol. 7(1), pg 1‑13

2019  Tumubweinee. P & Luescher. T, 2019.   Guest Ed(s). Tumubweinee. P & Luescher. T, Space, language and identity politics in higher education, JSAA Vol. 7(1)       

2017 Tumubweinee. P, 2017. Space and transformation in the higher education system and its institutions: a socio-spatial analysis of the Bloemfontein Campus, University of the Free State. 1st Annual Postgraduate Students Research Conference (SRC), Faculty of Education, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Tumubweinee. P, 2017. Xerox Shimla park: space and politics on the Bloemfontein Campus, University of the Free State. Diversity in Higher Education Colloquium ‘DECOLONISING’ Higher Education Colloquium, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2013    NEXUS Conference - Keynote speaker - Title of talk: Fear and Architecture: a liquid modernity

2012    ARCHTHEO’12 Conference, Istanbul, Turkey - Tumubweinee. P & Hendricks. D, 2012. Esquared House: The Fashion of Advertising. Duyan. E & Ozturkcan. C. House & Home: From a Theoretical Perspective, DAKAM Publishing, Istanbul, pp 290 – 300

Contact Details:

Email: Philippa.Tumubweinee@uct.ac.za
Phone: +27 (0)21 650 5819
Fax: +27 (0)21 650 2383