Sumayya Vally



Pelli Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, The School of Architecture at the University of Illinois (October)

GSA Lecture Series 2021: Scenographies of Diaspora and Dispersal, Johannesburg, ZA (September)

Royal College of Art ‘Inside/Out Lecture Series: Sumayya Vally In Conversation’, London, UK (July)   

Eleanore Pettersen Lecture ‘Lesley Lokko + Sumayya Vally, Counterparts’ New York, NY (March)

Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture,  Frictions Lecture Series ‘Counteracts’ Scotland, UK (March)

Architectural Association ‘A New Model for Listening’ New Models Lecture Series, London, UK (February)


Cooper Union Bartlett ‘Counterpoints’ Visiting Lecture, New York, US

The City College of New York ‘New Forms of Practice’ Visiting Lecture

American Institute of Architects ‘Counterspace’ Sciame Lecture Series  


Graduate School of Architecture ‘Emergent Practice’ International Lecture Series, Johannesburg ZA

Decolonising Feminist Pedagogy, Brighton UK  

Gender and Architecture ’TRANS’



‘Counter Current’ Keynote: Opening Architecture Festival, Aarhus School of Architecture (October)

The Virtual Salon, 1-54 Forum Somerset House (October)

Therme Art,  Art & Architecture as Healing: Shaping Mental Health Economy (September)

‘On Constructing Belonging’, Berlin Questions (August)

‘Conversations Across Place: Reckoning with an Entangled World’, Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (September) 

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


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, ZA (June) 

Therme Art and Virtual Design Festival, A live panel discussion on the relationship between Art andArchitecture (May)



RIBA: Design Studio Vol. 3 Designs on History: The Architect as Physical Historian

Harvard University Graduate School of Design: Pairs 02

Conversations Across Place: Reckoning with an Entangled World

e-flux Architecture: Choreography of a Procession

e-flux Architecture: Conditions: Golden Plateaus


Graham Foundation Recipient:  Amanxiwa | Embodied Archives

StorefrontTV: On Maintenance ‘Collective Wakes (and Other Spatial Acts of Resistance)’

Het Nieuwe Instituut: Recognition of Monuments

Entangled Architectures, The Design Museum, London UK

The Architectural Review Issue 1474 ‘Letters to a Young Architect’ (September)

e-flux Architecture: Footnotes to a Monument: On Archival Violences

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, ZA (tbc)


Graduate School of Architecture, Unit 12: An African Almanac, Johannesburg, ZA

Graduate School of Architecture, Conversation Rooms – Institutional Imaginaries, Johannesburg, ZA (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’  

Gender and Architecture ’TRANS’ Film Screening, Johannesburg, ZA (August)


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


Makli Necropolis Restoration. ​​Under the guidance of Yasmeen Lari and Heritage Foundation Pakistan, Makli Thatta, PK


The Aesthetics of Absence, Johannesburg, ZA



World Around x Guggenheim Museum ‘Grandmothers Harvest Poem’ New York, US


Het Nieuwe Instituut ‘Monuments and the Restitution of African Cultural Heritage’ with Sumayya Vally, Wayne Modest, and Nick Axel, Netherlands

Yokohama Triennale: Chasing the Scent: Momentary Inhabitations of Time, Japan

Google Arts & Culture, Culture of Comfort with Sumayya Vally and Yo-Yo Ma

Storefront for Art and Architecture, Season 3: Maintenance: Episode 3 ‘Collective Wakes’ New York, US

Design Museum Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation, London UK

Dezeen Virtual Design Festival London, UK



Istanbul Biennial ‘Material Histories: Sands, Soils, Recipes and other Archives’


Kaleidoscope, Design Joburg ZA


Nelson Mandela Capture Site Exhibition, Howick, South Africa  

Pan-African Table Installation, West Lake, Hangzhou, Eastern China


Swiss Embassy Light Installation. In collaboration with Lorenzo Nassimbeni and Liesl Potgieter

Additions and Alterations Exhibition, The Architect, Johannesburg, ZA


Lost and Found Exhibition Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago, US

ArchiMart Wits Architecture Thesis Exhibition, Johannesburg, ZA

Awards / Honours



Dezeen Awards Jury Member

artnet_25 Inspiring Women in the Art World


Best Architecture Firms, Domus

Manifestos – Architecture for a New Generation, Design Museum


Civatella Ranieri Artist Residency Prize, First Runner-up  


Rolex Mentorship Protege Initiative, mentored by Sir David Adjaye  


Unit Leader, M.Arch Design Studio at GSA, University of Johannesburg -mentored by Prof. Lesley Lokko


Young Academic Mentorship, University of Johannesburg  

Assistant Curator, South African Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale