Huda Tayob

Huda Tayob


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Huda Tayob is a South African architectural historian and currently a lecturer in Architectural Studies at the University of Manchester. She trained as an architect at the University of Cape Town and completed her PhD in architectural history from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in 2018. Her research interests include a focus on migrant, minor and subaltern architectures, postcolonial and decolonial theory and archival silences. She received a commendation from the RIBA President’s Award for Research for her PhD in 2018, and was the 2019 recipient of the SAH Scott Opler Award for Emerging Scholars. She is a Canadian Centre for Architecture Mellon Fellow on the project Centring Africa (2019 – 2022).

Prior to joining the University of Manchester, she taught at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg, and the University of Cape Town. She has also previously taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture, the University of East London, and was a researcher at the London School of Economics.

She is co-curator of the trans-discplinary open-access curriculum Race, Space & Architecture with Suzi Hall and Thandi Loewenson. She is also lead co-curator and project manager for the pan-African podcast series and online exhibition, the Archive of Forgetfulness (2020 – 2022), funded by the Goethe-Institut. She is a participant in Dangerous Liaisons, at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, Italy curated by Lesley Lokko with a project titled Index of Edges that traces histories along east african coastal regions from Cape Town to Port Said. 


BA3 (2022/ 23; 2023/ 24): Watery Archives

MArch Research Methods (2022/ 23; 2023/ 24): Watery Methods

Dissertation (2021/ 22; 2022/ 23; 2023/ 24): Architecture and Migration

PhD supervision interests include architecture's relation to migration/ migration studies, postcolonial approaches to architectural theory, and students with a georgaphic focus on the African continent. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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