Stella Papanicolaou


Stella Papanicolaou runs the third year Design and Theory Studio course in the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) degree programme. She has taught design at the School of Architecture planning and Geomatics since 2001.

She has worked in practice for Gabriel Fagan Architects (1984), Munnik Visser Architects on projects with Roelof Uytenbogaardt and Julian Elliott (1997-99), at dhk Architects (2001-02), has worked in collaboration with Indigo Architects (2000 & 2005) and ran her own practice (2000-06) prior to taking on a full time academic post at UCT in 2008.

After obtaining the B.A.S degree at U.C.T. and before completing the B.Arch degree, Stella went to Venice where she stayed from 1985 to 1993. There she attended several and diverse courses at the University of Architecture in Venice (IUAV) and worked as assistant director for the International Centre for Cities on Water, where, among other activities, became involved in the editing of a number of the Centre’s publications.

Her interests lie in architectural design; exploring meaning in the production of space with a focus on the role of architecture on the public realm; and aims to develop tools for critical thinking to enhance the creative process in the studio.


Contact Details:

Phone : +27 (0)21 650 5130
Fax: +27 (0)21 650 2383