Sumayya Vally CV

Sumayya’s design, research and pedagogical practice is committed to finding expression for hybrid identities and contested territories. She is in love with Johannesburg. It serves as her laboratory for finding speculative histories, futures, archaeologies, and design languages; with the intent to reveal the invisible. Sumayya’s work is often forensic, and draws on performance, the supernatural, the wayward and the overlooked as generative places of history and work. Presently based between Johannesburg and London, Sumayya is the lead designer for the Serpentine Pavilion 2020/20 Plus 1.

Lectures

2021

  • Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, ‘Counteracts’  Frictions Lecture Series, Scotland, UK (March)
  • Architectural Association ‘A New Model for Listening’ New Models Lecture Series, London, UK  (February)

2020

  • Cooper Union Bartlett ‘Counterpoints’ Visiting Lecture, New York, US (November)
  • The City College of New York ‘New Forms of Practice’ Visiting Lecture (tbc)
  • American Institute of Architects ‘Counterspace’ Sciame Lecture Series  (tbd) 

Delft University of Technology ‘On Monuments’ Delft, Netherland (tbd)     

2019

  • Graduate School of Architecture ‘Emergent Practice’ International Lecture Series, Johannesburg SA
  • Which institution in Brighton?   Decolonising Feminist Pedagogy  
  • Gender and Architecture September ’TRANS’ 

Talks

2021

  • Intelligence Squared and Sothebys, The Legacy of Christo & Jeanne-Claude (February)  

2020

  • RIBA + The Modern House, Making Plans Talks’ Sumayya Vally and Charles Holland (December)
  • Serpentine Galleries, Yasmeen Lari in conversation with Sumayya Vally: The Understory of the Understory (December)
  • Therme Art, Breaking Bauhaus: Renewing its Principles 100 Years Later (September)
  • Summer Conversations,Transformations: 5X2 (September)
  • Graduate School of Architecture, Ingesting Architectures: تربة, Dialogue With Dust, University of Johannesburg, SA (June) 
  • Therme Art and Virtual Design Festival, A live panel discussion on the relationship between Art andArchitecture (May)

Writings 

2020 

  • e-flux ‘Isolations’ (tb
  • The Architectural Review Issue 1474 ‘Letters to a Young Architect’ (September)
  • Yale School of Architecture ‘Soil, Walls, and their Funambulists’ Perspecta 53: ONUS (tbc)
  • Around The World ‘Do It Number 76’ (May)  
  • ICON 200 ‘The Land Under My Fingernails’ (tbc)  
  • A Blurry Line on the Plan: Johannesburg’s Rituals on the Edge (tbc) 
  • Graduate School of Architecture’ FOLIO: Vol 2’ University of Johannesburg, South Africa (tbc)

2019

  • Graduate School of Architecture, Conversation Rooms – Institutional Imaginaries  (September)
  • e-flux ‘Golden Plateaus’ (November)
  • A Blurry Line on the Plan: Johannesburg Rituals on the Edge: Dimensions of Citizenship
  • Canadian Center for Architecture ‘A New Society: Digital Commons’  

2018

  • The Translation of Dreams. Psychoanalytic and Poetic Devices in South African Architectural Education: Delft University of Technology (April)

Contributor 

2021

  • World Around x Guggenheim Museum ‘Grandmothers Harvest Poem’ New York, US (January) 

2020

  • Het Nieuwe Instituut ‘Monuments and the Restitution of African Cultural Heritage’ with Sumayya Vally, Wayne Modest, and Nick Axel, Netherlands (December)   
  • Yokohama Triennale: Chasing the Scent: Momentary Inhabitations of Time, Japan (October)
  • Google Arts & Culture, Culture of Comfort with Sumayya Vally and Yo-Yo Ma (July)
  • Storefront for Art and Architecture, Season 3: Maintenance: Episode 3 ‘Collective Wakes’ New York, US (June)
  • Design Museum Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation, London UK (June)  
  • Dezeen Virtual Design Festival London, UK (May)

Exhibitions/Installations

2020

  • Istanbul Biennial ‘Material Histories: Sands, soils, recipes and other archives

2018 

  • Kaleidoscope, Installation, Design Joburg

2017

  • Nelson Mandela Capture Site Exhibition, Howick, South Africa  
  • Pan-African Table Installation, West Lake, Hangzhou, Eastern China

2016

  • Swiss Embassy Light Installation. In collaboration with Lorenzo Nassimbeni and Liesl Potgieter
  • The Architect ‘Additions and Alterations’ Exhibition Johannesburg, SA (January)

2015

  • Chicago Architecture Biennial, ‘Lost and Found’ Chicago, US (tbc) 
  • ArchiMart Exhibition 

Awards / Honours

2021

  • TIME100 Next (Sumayya Vally)
  • Dezeen Awards Jury Member (Sumayya Vally)
  • artnet_25 Inspiring Women in the Art World Who Overcame Obstacles to Accomplish Incredible Things in This Surreal Year (Sumayya Vally)

2020

  • Named Best Architecture Firms Domus (Counterspace)
  • Architecture for a New Generation: Changemakers Manifestos, Design Museum (Counterspace)

2018/2019

  • Civatella Ranieri Artist Residency Prize, First Runner-up  

2017/2018

  • Rolex Mentorship Protege Initiative, mentored by Sir David Adjaye  

2015 

Unit Leader, M.Arch Design Studio at GSA, University of Johannesburg (Mentored by Prof. Lesley Lokko)   

2014

Young Academic Mentorship, University of Johannesburg  

Assistant Curator, South African Pavilion, Venice Arch Biennale