Amira Osman

Head, Scientific Committee


Amira OsmanAMIRA OMER SIDDIG OSMAN is an associate professor in architecture at the University of Johannesburg. Prior to that she worked as a Senior Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, South Africa for just over 2 years. She finished her basic degree and Masters in Architecture at the University of Khartoum in Sudan in 1988 and 1996 consecutively. In between the two she also studied at the Institute for Housing Studies in Rotterdam (IHS) in 1992 where she obtained a post-graduate diploma. She finished her PhD in Architecture at the University of Pretoria in 2004. Amira taught in various institutions for about 20 years (1988-2009), over 11 years of those at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She also worked as an architect in Khartoum during the period 1988-1997 and as a United Nations Volunteer (UNV) in Maseru, Lesotho 1997-1998. She has participated in a number of projects in South Africa including a hostel upgrade and designs for social housing in Pretoria. Amira has collaborated with partners on research for various agencies and is a rated researcher with the South African National Research Foundation (NRF). Amira has presented numerous lectures, workshops and courses nationally and internationally for various agencies and is a member of several national and international boards and has served on scientific committees and competition juries nationally and internationally. Her research focus areas are housing and human settlements, Open Building, informal settlements and government-subsidized social rental housing. She is the General Reporter and head of the scientific committee for the UIA 2014 Durban, South Africa.

Amira believes that the architectural profession has a critical role to play in the achievement of human settlements that are more equitable, more beautiful and more functional – human settlements that increase opportunities, offering people a better chance at improving their lives and livelihoods. The belief that the profession has the potential to offer both technical and social expertise towards these aims is the driving force behind Amira’s research projects and in her professional roles.