Sumayya Vally

Lectures

2021

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

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

2020

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

Delft University of Technology ‘On Monuments’ Delft, Netherland     

2019

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

Decolonising Feminist Pedagogy, Brighton UK  

Gender and Architecture ’TRANS’


Talks

2021

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

2020

RIBA + The Modern House, Making Plans Talks’ Sumayya Vally and Charles Holland

Serpentine Galleries, Yasmeen Lari in conversation with Sumayya Vally: The Understory of the Understory

Therme Art, Breaking Bauhaus: Renewing its Principles 100 Years Later

Summer Conversations, Transformations: 5X2

Graduate School of Architecture, Ingesting Architectures: تربة, Dialogue With Dust, University of Johannesburg, ZA

Therme Art and Virtual Design Festival, A live panel discussion on the relationship between Art and Architecture


Writings 

2020 

e-flux ‘Isolations’

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

Yale School of Architecture ‘Soil, Walls, and their Funambulists’ Perspecta 53: ONUS

Around The World ‘Do It Number 76’

ICON 200 ‘The Land Under My Fingernails’ 

A Blurry Line on the Plan: Johannesburg’s Rituals on the Edge

Graduate School of Architecture’ FOLIO: Vol 2’ University of Johannesburg, ZA

2019

Graduate School of Architecture, Conversation Rooms – Institutional Imaginaries 

e-flux ‘Golden Plateaus’

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


Contributor 

2021

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

2020

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


Exhibitions/Installations

2020

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

2018 

Kaleidoscope, Design Joburg ZA

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

Additions and Alterations Exhibition, The Architect, Johannesburg, ZA

2015

Lost and Found Exhibition Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago, US

ArchiMart Wits Architecture Thesis Exhibition, Johannesburg, ZA


Awards / Honours

2021

TIME100 NEXT

Dezeen Awards Jury Member

artnet_25 Inspiring Women in the Art World

2020

Best Architecture Firms, Domus

Manifestos – Architecture for a New Generation, Design Museum

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 Architecture Biennale