Huda Tayob is History & Theory Programme Convener and co-leader of Unit 18 at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg.
She received a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Cape Town and subsequently worked in architectural practice prior to completing a Ph.D. at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, in 2018. Her doctoral research looked at the spatial practices of African migrants, immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in Cape Town, with a particular focus on mixed-use markets established and run by these populations. She received a Commendation from the RIBA President’s Medal Research Award committee for her Ph.D.
Tayob’s wider academic interests include a focus on minor and subaltern architectures, the politics of invisibility in space, and the potential of literature to respond to archival silences in architectural research. Her recent publications include “Subaltern Architectures: Can Drawing ‘Tell’ a Different Story” (Architecture and Culture, 2018), an open-access curriculum co-authored with Suzanne Hall, “Race, Space and Architecture” (LSE, 2019) and “Architecture-by-Migrants: The Porous Infrastructures of Bellville” (Anthropology Southern Africa, 2019).