Daniel K Irurah is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Planning, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
His interests are design, construction and sustainable architecture. He is Director of Syn-consult Africa (Pty) Ltd, a private consultancy on sustainability and the built environment. He was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Green House Project, an NGO on sustainable buildings and livelihoods, until 2005.
Daniel K Irurah studied architecture at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and holds two Master’s degrees in architecture and urban planning from the University of Oregon, USA. He received his PhD (1997) on the analysis of embodied energy in building construction materials and processes in South Africa from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
He has held lecturing positions at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya (1992/93), University of Nairobi, Kenya (1992/94), University of Pretoria, South Africa (1995/97), and the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (2004/05, 2006/07).
He was involved in “Sustainable Settlements”, the sustainable housing strategy for Johannesburg; cost benefit analysis of low-cost housing located in urban areas of South Africa; and energy efficient housing for South Africa.
Daniel K Irurah is actively involved in the boards of Organizations advocating sustainable development. He was a member of the WITS World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) Task Group where he coordinated the activities of the university at the WSSD (Earth Summit) held in Johannesburg in 2002. He is a member of the Board of Directors, Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) and was a member of the Adjudication Panel, SAIA-AfriSam Sustainable Architecture Awards (1st and 2nd cycles).
He was Head of the Holcim Awards jury for Africa Middle East in 2005, and a member of the jury in 2008 and 2014.