"Those of us who have been trained as architects have this desire perhaps at the very centre of our lives: that one day, somewhere, somehow, we shall build one building which is wonderful, beautiful, breathtaking, a place where people can walk and dream for centuries."

Christopher Alexander

 

KATHLEEN NEL

Architect | Founder

Kathleen Nel founded Studio Poetica in 2019 with an aim to take a different approach to practising architecture with a focus on collaboration, experimentation, research and education. Kathleen is a professional architect and part-time lecturer.

HISTORY

Experience

Oct 2019 -

ARCHITECT

Studio Poetica
Founder, architect, designer, researcher.

Feb 2019 -

PART-TIME LECTURER

University of Pretoria
Part-time design lecturer in the second year studio

Nov 2018

External examiner at the University of Pretoria

EXTERNAL EXAMINER

Feb 2017 - Jul 2019

ARCHITECT

Living Planet Architects
Experience in retail, residential and commercial projects from concept to construction.
Projects include high-density residential, luxury residential, luxury lodge, retail centres, hotels, conference centres and offices. For portfolio see here.

Nov 2016

MPROF ARCH

University of Pretoria
Completed Masters in Architecture. In my dissertation titled The Invisible Object, Civic Place in Atteridgeville, I furthered my postgraduate research to challenge conventional approaches in township architecture as a means to return place to the citizens of Atteridgeville by proposing a new perspective on civic space in South Africa.

Feb 2014 - May 2015

CANDIDATE ARCHITECT

PKA International Architects
Experience includes a large resettlement project with a variety of public buildings and retail centres, residential buildings, restaurants and offices.

Sep 2012 - Feb 2013

INTERN

AI Architects and Interiors
Architectural intern with experience in high-end residential projects.

 

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