TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Research

Published Work

Research Professor B Arch (University of the Free State, 1976) M Arch (University of the Free State, 1979) PhD – Architecture (University of Pretoria, 1995)

After graduation in 1976 Gerald Steyn worked for Frei Otto in Germany and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria before going into private practice as an architect in 1980, specialising in low cost housing and medium density residential projects. He returned to academe in 1999 and is currently a research professor, also responsible for coordinating the postgraduate design thesis programme. His academic and research interests include settlement dynamics, affordable housing, and vernacular African architecture and urbanism. Gerald Steyn is a councillor of the statutory body regulating architecture, the South African Council for the Architectural Profession, and he chairs its Heads of Schools, Validation, Research and Registration committees.

CURRENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Tswana architectural and urban patterns................................. NRF-funded project (2011-2013)
Ongoing – Concepts for appropriate African urbanism and architecture.
Ongoing – The current relevance of Le Corbusier’s urban concepts to developing regions

COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS

Urban patterns in Kisumu, Kenya........................................... NRF-funded project (2010-2011)
Mamelodi and Sunnyside..................... Partly funded by Hogeschool van Utrecht (2003-2007)
Profiling two Tshwane neighbourhoods................................. NRF-funded project (2004-2005)
Site planning for affordable housing..................................... NRF-funded project (2001-2003)
The vernacular courtyard houses of Africa............................. NRF-funded project (2000-2001)

RESEARCH OUTPUTS SINCE 2000

Peer reviewed articles in subsidised journals

Steyn, G.S. 2012. Le Corbusier’s town-planning ideas and the ideas of history. South African Journal of Art History, Vol 27, No 1, 2012, pp.83-106. — 2012. Housing the Urban Poor in South Africa: Towards a New Typology. International Journal for Housing Science & Its Applications, Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 33-40.
— 2012. Le Corbusier and the human body. South African Journal of Art History. Vol 27, No 2, pp. 259-273.
— 2012. The influence of botho on social space in Botswana since independence. South African Journal of Art History, Vol 27, No 3, pp.112-129. Steyn, G.S. 2011. The spatial patterns of Tswana stone-walled towns in perspective. South African Journal of Art History.Vol 26, No 2, pp. 101-125. — 2011. Le Corbusier’s research-based design approaches. South African Journal of Art History. Vol 26, No 3, pp.45-56.
— 2010. Le Corbusier’s carpet projects on the French Coast – the continuous quest towards creating formulae for better place making. South African Journal of Art History, Vol 25, No 3, 2010, pp.86-118.
— 2010. Re-Considering Le Corbusier's Unfinished Projects. International Journal for Housing Science & Its Applications. Vol. 34 No 1, pp.15-35.
— 2010. From Bordeaux to Barcelona – Le Corbusier’s creative journey that went unnoticed. South African Journal of Art History, Vol 25, No 1, 2010, pp.118-132. Wekesa, B.W., Steyn, G.S. and Otieno, F.A.O. 2010. A review of physical and socio-economic characteristics and intervention approaches of informal settlements. Habitat International xxx. 2010, pp.1-8. Journal homepage: www.elsevier.com/locate/habitatint. Steyn, G.S. 2009. Current trends in South African architecture. South African Journal of Art History. Vol 24, No 2, 2009, pp.41-64.
— 2008. Market streets in South Africa's informal settlements. South African Journal of Art History, Vol 23 No 1, 2008, pp.158-174
— 2007. Are illegal squatters ruralising the urban edge? South African Journal of Art History. Vol. 22, No. 3, 2007, pp.70-82.
— 2007. Types and typologies of African urbanism. South African Journal of Art History. Vol. 22, No. 1, 2007, pp.117-133.
— A Pattern Language as a tool for reading African urbanism using Malindi, Kenya, as a case-study. South African Journal of Art History. Vol. 21 No. 2, 2006, pp.10-26.
— 2006. The indigenous rondavel – a case for conservation. South African Journal of Art History. Vol. 21 No. 1, 2006, pp.21-38.
— 2006. Roots, forms and relevance of indigenous settlement in southern Africa. South African Journal of the South African Institute of Architecture. May/June 2006, pp.40-45.
— 2005. African courtyard architecture: Art, science and relevance. Acta Structilia. Vol.12 No 2, 2005, pp.106-129. Steyn, GS and Roodt, AL. 2005. Two traditional African settlements – context and configuration. South African Journal of Art History. No. 18, 2003, pp.195-209. Steyn, GS. 2003. In search of an appropriate research methodology for investigating traditional African architecture. South African Journal of Art History. No. 18, 2003, pp.181-194.
— 2003. The Lamu house – an East African architectural enigma. South African Journal of Art History. 2003. No. 17, 2002, pp.157-180.
— 2002. Taking architecture back to its roots. Africa Insight. Vol. 32 No. 2. Jun 2002, pp.25-31. Steyn GS and Holm, D. 2001. The analysis of an Omani house in Stone Town, Zanzibar. South African Journal of Art History. No. 16, 2001, pp.110-131.

Chapters in books

Steyn, G.S. 2011. Coding as ‘Bottom-Up’ Planning: Developing a new African Urbanism. S. Marshall (editor) Urban Coding and Planning. Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2011, pp.180-200.
— 2009. Squatting and Settlement Making in Mamelodi, South Africa. T. Falola and A. Usman (editors) Movements, Borders and Identities in Africa. University of Rochester Press, 2009, pp.153-165.
— 2004. Foreigners and the 19th Century Landscape. T. Falola and S. Salm (editors). Globalization and Urbanization in Africa. Asmara: African World Press, 2004, pp.187-202.

Technical journals and the popular press

Steyn, G.S. 2012. Chandigarh – The bigger picture. Journal of the South African Institute of Architects. Jul/Aug 2012, pp.46-50.
— 2011. South African architects – Are we really deskilled? Journal of the South African Institute of Architecture. Nov/Dec 2011, pp.62-63. Wekesa, B.W., Steyn, G.S. and Otieno, F.A.O. 2010. The response of common building construction technologies to the urban poor and their environment. Building and Environment, Vol. 45, Issue 10, Oct 2010, pp.2327-2335 Steyn, G.S. 2009. Mombasa: An African market city. Journal of the South African Institute of Architecture. Sep/Oct 2009, pp.62-67.
— 2008. Architectural qualifications in South Africa – intensions, impacts and issues. Leading Architecture & Design, Sep/Oct 2008, pp.24-27.
— 2008. Melbourne and the XXXV IAHS World Congress on Housing Science, 2007. Leading Architecture & Design, May/Jun 2008, pp.54-57.
— 2007. The state of architectural research. Leading Architecture & Design. Nov/Dec 2007, pp.44-47.
— 2007. The state of courtyard housing – a review of a symposium in Riyadh. South African Journal of the South African Institute of Architecture. Sep/Oct 2007, pp.62-67.
— 2007. Reconsidering ‘A Pattern Language’. Leading Architecture & Design. Jan/Feb 2007, pp.54-59.
— 2006. The state of architectural education in South Africa. Leading Architecture & Design. Nov/Dec 2005, pp.41-43.
— 2005. Riviera-Rietondale has urban village qualities. Pretoria News: Tshwane News. 2 Jun 2005, pp.4-5.
— 2004. Architecture in Africa – obstacles, opportunities and options, Part 2. Architechnology. Jul 2004, pp.8-11.
— 2004. Architecture in Africa – obstacles, opportunities and options, Part 1. Architechnology. Mar 2004, pp.8-11. Steyn, GS and Roodt, AL. 2000. Game lodge architecture in the Bushveld. SA Game & Hunt. Aug 2000, pp.24-27. With André Roodt. Steyn, GS. 2000. Group practices in our postgraduate programme. Edutec. Jun 2000, pp.5-6.

National and International Papers Steyn,

G.S. 2012. The evolution of the Swahili house and urbanism. ISVS 6 – The sixth ISVS (International Seminar on Vernacular Settlements) Conference. Famagusta, North Cyprus, 19–21 Apr 2012.


— 2012. Modernity and informality – Conflicting forces shaping urban form in Kisumu, Kenya. IAHS XXXVIII – The 38th World Congress on Housing. Istanbul, Turkey, 16–19 Apr 2012.
— 2011. The relevance of pre-colonial spatial concepts in contemporary South African architecture. 5th International Conference on Built Environment in Developing Countries (ICBEDC 2011), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pinang, Malaysia, 6–7 Dec 2011.
— 2011. Research and design in architectural practice. CPD lecture to the Limpopo Institute for Architecture. Polokwane, 14 Feb 2011.
— 2010. Housing the urban poor in South Africa: Towards a new typology. XXXVII IAHS World Congress on Housing, Santander, Spain, Oct 26 – 29, 2010.
— 2010. The architecture of the Swahili Coast – A convergence of cultures. CPD lecture at the Architectural Forum in conjunction with NDPW, Pretoria, 5 Mar 2010
— 2009. Timeless typologies – the Indian contribution to the urbanism and architecture of East Africa. Paper for the Indian Institute of Architects, Chandigarh, 11 Oct 2009 (Keynote address)
— 2009. Le Corbusier’s concepts as catalysts for solving urban problems in sub-Saharan Africa. Symposium on Le Corbusier at the School of Architecture, Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, USA, 26 Feb–1 Mar 2009. — 2008. Market streets in squatter communities. 2nd Annual Conference of the Art Historical Work Group of South Africa: Spaces and Places − Production, Process and Contestation. University of Pretoria, 13–15 Mar 2008.
— 2008. African settlement types – from prehistory to the present. SAIA Sustainable Africa Conference, Durban, 15 Feb 2008. — Reconsidering Le Corbusier’s unfinished projects. XXXV IAHS World Congress on Housing, Melbourne, Australia, 4–7 Sep 2007.
— 2007. Reconsidering Le Corbusier’s legacy – concepts for good neighbourhoods and housing in ArRiyadh. Symposium of Housing III, Neighbourhoods are more than houses. ArRiyadh, Saudi Arabia, 20–23 April 2007.
— 2006. Squatting and settlement-making in Mamelodi, South Africa. Movements, Migrations and Displacements in Africa. University of Texas at Austin. 24–26 March 2006.
— 2005. Patterns for people-friendly neighbourhoods in Mamelodi, South Africa. XXXIII IAHS World Congress on Housing. University of Pretoria. 27–30 Sep 2005. — 2005. Low energy architecture and informal African settlement: myth or model? World Renewable Energy Congress 2005. Aberdeen, Scotland. 22–27 May 2005. — 2004. Society, space and sustainability: Re-constructing an urban village. Sustainable building for Africa. Stellenbosch. 13–18 Sep 2004.
— 2004. Sustainable African settlement: profiling a vision. Sustainable Communities 2004. Burlington, Vermont, USA. 14–18 Jul 2004. — 2003. Malindi, Kenya – the resilience of an ancient African architectural system. Technology and Management for Sustainable Building. (SBE3). CSIR Pretoria. 26–30 May 2003. — 2003. Foreigners and fear – factors that shaped the 19th century landscape. African Urban Spaces: History and Culture. University of Texas at Austin. 28–30 Mar 2003. — 2001. Design guidelines for private sub-acute facilities. SAFHE and CEASA Biennial Conference and Exhibition: Healthcare – can we meet the challenge? Sun City. 3–5 Oct 2001. Steyn, GS and Pieters, EP. 2001. A briefing and design guide for game lodges. The 5th International Wildlife Ranching Symposium. Pretoria. 20–23 Mar 2001. With Errol Pieters. Steyn, GS and Roodt, AL. 2000. Towards a briefing guide for convalescent healthcare facilities. Delivered at the annual research seminar of the Faculty of Engineering on 30 May 2000.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Since 2001.......................................................................... Pretoria Institute for Architecture
Since 2001..................................................................... South African Institute of Architects
Since 1978.......................................... South African Council for the Architectural Profession

Involvement with professional and educational bodies

Councillor of the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) since September 2005 (2nd term since 2009).
Chairperson of the SACAP committees on Registration, Validation and Heads of Schools.
Reviewer for the National Research Foundation (NRF).
Evaluator for the Council on Higher Education (CHE).

PEER ACKNOWLEDGMENT

Recognition

Member of the International Association of Housing Science (IAHS) 2013 Scientific Committee
Guest editor of June 2012 issue of the London based Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Urban Design and Planning (Volume 165 Issue 2)
Judge for 2011 Pretoria Institute for Architecture (PIA) Merit Awards competition

Awards Pretoria Institute for Architecture (PIA) Merit Award for Publications and Research in June 2005.
Tshwane University of Technology’s Award for Senior Researcher of the year for 2004.

Editorial boards

African Journal of Science and Technology. UNESCO. ISSN 1607-9949.
South African Journal of Art History. Art Historical Work Group of SA. ISSN 0258-3542.
Urban Design & Planning. Thomas Telford Journals, London. ISSN 1755-0793 (until Nov 2012)

ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH-RELATED TRAVEL ABROAD

Botswana in December 2013, funded by the NRF
Italy in September 2013
Uganda in July 2013
Mexico in May 2013
Botswana in November 2012, funded by the NRF
Oxford, UK in September 2012
London in May 2012
Turkey and Cyprus in April 2012
Malaysia in December 2011, funded by the NRF
Botswana in October 2011, funded by the NRF
Mozambique in August 2011 UK
and Spain in October 2010 Kisumu and Nairobi,
Kenya in August 2010, funded by the NRF
Chandigarh, India in October 2009
Atlanta, USA in March 2009
Mombasa, Kenya in September 2008
London, UK in June 2008
Australia in September 2007
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in April 2007
USA and University of Texas at Austin in March/April 2006
UK in May/June 2005
Netherlands on invitation of the Hogeschool van Utrecht in 2004
UK and USA in July 2004, partly funded by the NRF
USA and University of Texas at Austin in March/April 2003
Kenya and the UK in June/July 2002, funded by the NRF
Kenya and the University of Nairobi in August 2001, funded by the NRF
Tanzania and University of Dar es Salaam in June/July 2000, funded by the NRF

Contact information Prof. Gerald Steyn Dept of Architecture Tshwane University of Technology
Private Bag X680 Pretoria 0001 SOUTH AFRICA
steyngs@tut.ac.za Tel: +27 12 382 5719 Cell: +27 72 199 5549 Fax: +27 12 382 5036