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The University of Johannesburg (UJ)’s Graduate School of Architecture (GSA) appointed architect and educator Professor Mark Raymond (Trinidad and Tobago/UK) as the new Director of Africa’s largest dedicated postgraduate architectural school.
Says Prof Raymond: “The GSA is emerging as one of the most exciting architectural schools in the world and I am delighted at the opportunity of working with such an exceptional community of students, architects, teachers and researchers. The project of the GSA with the School’s Unit System Africa is an extraordinary pedagogic initiative. I am looking forward to working with the GSA community and through collaboration with students, researchers, practitioners, schools and institutions to the pursuit of truly transformative design education and research.”
Prof Raymond is a graduate of London’s Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) and RMIT’s practice-based PhD programme. He is currently the Plym Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois (Spring 2021). He has extensive international experience in both practice and architectural education.
After graduating from the AA he worked in Europe for practices including Conran, Norman Foster, Ulrike Brandi and DEGW before returning to Port of Spain, Trinidad.
His practice has embraced a wide range of architectural and urban design/planning commissions throughout the Caribbean. Raymond has combined his practice with writing, teaching, lecturing and design research. He is committed to the effective engagement of design pedagogy, through practice and research, with processes of transformation and social justice.
“We are delighted at Prof Raymond’s appointment and we look forward to the impact he will have on the GSA. His extensive international experience as an educator, researcher and practitioner – with an impressive portfolio of built work – together with his deep knowledge of a wide range of contemporary architectural issues are all invaluable assets for the GSA. His appointment comes at a critical moment as the School seeks to re-imagine itself within the dynamic landscape of architectural education in Southern Africa,” says Dr Finzi Saidi, Head of the Department of Architecture, UJ.
SOURCE: First Published on Leading Architecture & Design