“Building[s] for change”
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Dr. Kathryn Ewing, nominated to present the second Reolof S. Uyetenbogaardt UDISA Memorial Lecture, is honoured for her contribution towards the development of safer, integrated and sustainable neighbourhoods in the Western Cape of South Africa. Though her work, including that as Director of the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) programme, she has made significant impact in terms of research, education, advocacy and practice in the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning and Urban Design. Her work shows commitment towards improving the quality of life of largely disempowered communities in low income areas, and she is a fitting successor to continue building on the legacy of Roelof S. Uyetenbogaardt.
The Inaugural Roelof S. Uytenbogaardt UDISA Memorial Lecture serves as a commemorative gesture, acknowledging his outstanding contribution to the fields of architecture, urban design and planning in South Africa. Prof. Uytenbogaardt is known to have been an inspiring and influential architect and established UCT’s first university postgraduate programme in urban design. He often acted in the public interest and in support of the poor and the marginalised, while facing challenges and resistance from the then Apartheid regime in addressing issues which remain a challenge today.
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