The School of Built Environment & Development Studies (SOBEDS) at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN) will be hosting an online colloquium this month. Touching on a number of different themes, the presenters will explore how to bridge the oppressive divide between the Humanities, Arts and Technology and move towards an interdisciplinary curriculum that fosters transformation.

Date: Thursday, 11 March 2021

Time: 8:30am to 6:30pm

Registration fee: None


  • Critique of dominant modes of curricula, pedagogies and practice.
  • Pedagogic exclusion – exclusion of lived experiences, diversity and alternative learning systems.
  • The impact of dominant modes of education and practice on the transformation of the built environment – socio-economic redress and spatial transformation of historically disadvantaged communities.


  • Prof Ernest Khalema, Dean Head of SOBEDS (UKZN)
  • Prof Oliver Mtapuri, Academic Leader Research – SOBEDS (UZKN)
  • Prof Emiritus, Iain Low, Academic Architect (UCT)
  • Prof Ariane Janse Van Rensburg, Associate Prof & Co Chair of the Architectural Education Forum Africa (Wits University)
  • Prof Saras Reddy, Associate Prof & Leader of the Education Development Studies Cluster (UKZN)
  • Dr Debbie Whelan, Deputy Head of School of Architecture BE Director of Teaching Learning (University of Lincoln, UK)
  • Dr Mark Olweny, Senior Lecturer Architecture BE (University of Lincoln UK)
  • Prof Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha, Academic Leader of Town & Regional Planning + SARCHI Chair for Inclusive Cities (UKZN)
  • Samuel Medayese, Lecturer Urban Regional Planning (Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria)
  • Dr Yashaen Luckan, Architect, Academic and Teach & Learning Co Ordinator of Architecture SOBEDS (UKZN)


The online event is free to attend. RSVP via email at mellondecolonialturn@gmail com to book a space.

Download the invitation for more details.