Sadiq Toffa is a South African professional architect, urban designer, and heritage practitioner. He obtained an architectural graduate degree from the University of Cape Town with distinction in 2003. Sadiq received a Masters of Architecture in Human Settlements from the University of Leuven, Belgium, graduating cum laude in 2006. He was a Visiting Researcher in the interdisciplinary Cities Programme and at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2011/2012. He has been a Commonwealth scholar for development, a Flemish Intergovernmental Scholar for Public Leadership, and a Mellon fellow for cross-disciplinary scholarship. He is a community heritage trustee, an independent curator, and cultural heritage activist.
Sadiq is the South African coordinator for the World Monuments Fund for threatened cultural heritage sites of global significance. He is currently completing his PhD studies at the UCT School of Architecture in critical heritage studies. His work engages a critical anthropology of modernity and coloniality in contemporary urban Africa. Since January 2016, he is appointed as an nGAP lecturer for the SA New Generation of Academic Practitioners for transformative scholarship. Since 2017, he is the lead curator for the 'Open Classroom’, a public programme of curriculum interventions at UCT addressing ‘Decolonial Struggles and the Architecture of the City’. He is also awarded curatorship and designer of the ‘Decolonial Alternatives Project Space’ at the University of Cape Town, a collaborative and interdisciplinary research project articulating the inheritances of slavery in the post apartheid era, located at the burial ground for enslaved persons within the historic university campus.