Karen Eicker is an architect, writer and curator, with a background in corporate architecture.
She has written for some of South Africa’s foremost built environment and infrastructure publications as well as international architectural publications; and has contributed to the books, 10+ YEARS 100+ BUILDINGS – Architecture in a Democratic South Africa; and Johannesburg Ten Ahead. She has been a director of Architect Africa Online since 1999. In 2010, she won the SAPOA Property Feature Journalist of the Year 2010 award.
Karen is a founder and director of the Architects’ Collective, which hosted the Architect Africa Film Festival nationally in five cities in 2007, 2008 and 2010 to promote the profession of architecture. In 2011, she conceptualised and curated the South African Informal City Exhibition and Seminar – which one of the Technical Site Visits offered by the Local Government Programme for COP17 in Durban in 2011; and curated a series of screenings at COP17 as part of the Repurpose: Architecture in Public Spaces exhibition.
As commissary general for the UIA 2014 Durban Karen takes the lead in coordinating the congress and parallel events. The role allows her to express her joint passions for the profession of architecture and sustainable development in Africa.