Khensani de KlerkWho: Architectural designer, researcher, writer, founder and chief editor of Matri-Archi(tecture) Where: Cape Town
Khensani is a postgraduate student at the University of Cape Town interested in intersectional city planning. She’s been vice-chairperson of the Engineering and Built Environment Students’ Council and now heads up the National Architectural Student Forum with a firm belief her ”role [as an aspiring city planner] is rooted in amending apartheid spatial planning and exploring intangibles, like economics and politics, that come with negotiating that space”, she says.What was the first space you designed? Matri-Archi(tecture), an online blog and platform that I founded in early 2017 that aims at projecting the voices of marginalised identity groups in the spatial sphere through critical discourse focused on situated knowledge. Best piece of architecture: My current favourite building is Local Studio’s Outreach Foundation Building in Hillbrow, Johannesburg (below). Local Studio is able to sensitively design public space that caters to the needs of the community but still asserts itself as a dignified space through its quality and permanent materiality.Favourite womxn architect: I think the singling out of womxn in architecture almost deems the architect as a default patriarchal position, which it has been predominantly in history, which is problematic. However, my favourite architect is Professor Lesley Lokko. She is a writing architect and a critic of the built environment more than a “building” conventional architect. Follow Khensani.