Six tracks to discover

Six keynote speakers to inspire you

Fasil Giorghis

Fasil Giorghis is Chair of Conservation of Urban & Architectural Heritage at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture Building Construction & City Development (EiABC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Lesley Lokko

Lesley Lokko is a Ghanaian-Scottish architect, academic, and novelist. Much of Lokko’s writing contains themes about cultural and racial identity.
She is currently Head of the Graduate School and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg.

Claudio Acioly

Claudio Acioly is an architect and urban planner, a development practitioner. He is currently the head of Capacity Building and Training of UN-Habitat leading several global programs and initiatives linking capacity building, institutional development and policy change.

Christian Benimana

Christian Benimana joined MASS Design Group as a Global Health Corps Design Fellow in 2010. Today he works as one of the firm’s Principals and Managing Directors, and is Director of the African Design Centre. He received his architecture degree from Tongji University in Shanghai, China and serves as Secretary General of the East Africa Institute of Architects.   

Rahel Shawl

Rahel shawl cofounded ABBA Architects in 1992 and founded RAAS Architects in 2004. Both her collaborative international and local projects employ traditional and contemporary approaches that are true to the environment and its users.

Chrisna du Plessis

Chrisna du Plessis is a Professor in the School for the Built Environment, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Her work focuses on sustainable human settlement and the application of sustainability science in the built environment.

African Perspectives on Planning, Design and Construction for Inclusive, Fair and Sustainable Urbanisation

The African Perspectives Conference

The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft (Bouwkunde) has a vision for strengthening ties with researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and citizens in the African continent. Bouwkunde wishes to have a positive impact on African’s rapid urbanisation in the next decades. Africa is urbanising at record rates and there are many challenges ahead. According to the World Bank, Africa’s urban population stands at 472 million people today, but this number will double over the next 25 years, reaching 1 billion urban dwellers by 2040.

While the main responsibility for the destiny of African cities lies with African citizens, governments and institutions, we believe that universities everywhere have a role to play in helping educate the next generation of architects, planners, urban designers and the construction sector with a global perspective.  We wish to reach out to higher education institutes, governments, businesses and citizens to become partners in promoting sustainable, inclusive and fair urbanisation in Africa within the framework of the New Urban Agenda, adopted at Habitat III in Quito 2016.

We believe African problems need African solutions. TU Delft wants to learn from African practitioners, academics and institutions in order to support positive change in the continent, especially in issues of capacity building and implementation of research supporting the New Urban Agenda. The TU Delft is committed to helping build a strong research network with Africa.

In December 2007, Bouwkunde organised the momentous African Perspectives conference. More than 12 years afterwards, we wish to build upon the legacy of that conference, reinvigorate the discussion and attract new voices to the dialogue

In order to prepare for this conference, we organised a PrepCon in partnership with the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development in Addis-Ababa in January 2018. During this PrepCon, which gathered a number of scholars and practitioners from Africa and elsewhere, our attention was irrevocably drawn to the necessity to understand Africa as the diverse, multi-cultural, immensely rich place that it is, and to the need to work together with African institutions to help support the next generation of architects, planners, and policy makers who will steer sustainable urbanisation in Africa. The summary report on this PrepCon is available HERE

Informed by the results of this PrepCon, we are pleased to announce this Open Call for contributions to the African Perspectives +12 conference at TU Delft on 27, 28, and 29 March, 2019. We envision this conference as a catalyst for discussion, exchange and connection, with the clear goal of bringing together academia, practitioners, governance bodies, and cultural agents to engage and explore next steps for sustainable urbanization in Africa. This is our call for contributions.


Contributions from Research and Academia

Call for papers, panel discussions and round tables

This part of the conference is divided in a number of tracks that address specific issues. 

  1. Decolonizing architectural education for practitioners in Africa: Creating capacity for research, education and practice       (Yemi Kacoutie + Meryam Ajari)
  2. Planned urbanisation in Africa: New cities, towns, and urban extensions  (Rachel Keeton)
  3. Governance, land issues and participation in African communities (Ore Fika)         
  4. Informal urbanisation: How Africa is addressing its slums (Roberto Rocco)
  5. Rural building solutions in Africa(Michiel Smits)
  6. Climate adaptation and resilience for building in Africa (Andy van den Dobbelsteen)
  7. Methods and Theories for reading and understanding African cities (Anteneh Tola + Nelson Mota)
  8. Cities of Coming and Going (TBC)

Conference Organisers:

Anteneh Tola:

Rachel Keeton:

Roberto Rocco:


Please download the call for contributions African Perspectives CALL 2019.