Tom Sanya

Dr. Tom Sanya

Senior Lecturer

Tom’s teaching and research activities are framed by ecosystem perspectives to focus on the sustainable design of the built environment. His academic pursuits are in low-energy design, water sensitive design and ecological urbanism for human wellbeing, social justice and ecosystem vitality. In these endeavours, Interdisciplinary collaboration with academic, professional and community constituencies are important. Tom is a core member of the interdisciplinary Urban Water Management research unit. He is also founding member of the UCT Future Water Institute – one of the five strategic cross-faculty institutes recently established at the university. He is an affiliate of the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI). Tom’s current major research is the design of a low-cost Cape Town house that optimises health and sustainability goals. The project, which is funded by the UK Wellcome Trust, is in partnership with researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), University College London (UCL), and others in Mexico City and New Delhi.

Recent Publications:

Sanya, T. (2016). Participatory Design: an Intersubjective Schema for Decision Making. International Journal of Architectural Research: ArchNet-IJAR, 10(1), 62-74.

Sanya, T (2014). “Institutional Framework for Sustainable Building in South Africa”. International Union of Architects (UIA) Conference Proceedings. Durban 2014

Sanya, T. (2013). Talking heritage: Africa at the crossroads of tradition and modernity. African Sociological Review/Revue Africaine de Sociologie, 17(2), 2-23.


Contact Details:

Phone : +27 (0)21 650 5129
Fax: +27 (0)21 650 2383