Finzi Saidi

Dr. Finzi Saidi joined the Department of Architecture in the faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at University of Johannesburg in 2008. He is head of the undergraduate architecture programmes. He was appointed vice-dean of the faculty in August 2010 – 2013. Previously, he was the convenor of the Master of Landscape Architecture Programme in the School of Architecture at the University of Cape Town.

In 1998, he lectured at the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Pretoria, from where he subsequently acquired his PhD in Architecture. He obtained his Master of Landscape Design degree from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the U.K. He then taught at the School of the Built Environment at the Copperbelt University in Zambia. His research interests include studies of open space in informal settlements and townships in South Africa, exploring innercity schools and urban open space, and innovative curriculum development.

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