Tomà Berlanda is Director and Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning & Geomatics at University of Cape Town, South Africa.
His research interest is focused on the implications that can be drawn from a non-stereotypical reading of the African city and the practice of architecture in non-Western urban settings and landscapes.
Born in Venice, he is an architect with extensive international academic and professional experience. He was previously co-founder and led ASA studio in Kigali, Rwanda (2012-14). He has held positions at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Cornell University, lat45N architects and Syracuse University.
He studied architecture at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Switzerland before completing a PhD in architecture and building design at the Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
Tomà Berlanda is the author of Architectural Topographies (Routledge, 2014) and, together with Korydon H Smith, of Interpreting Kigali, Rwanda. Architectural Inquiries and Prospects for a Developing African City (University of Arkansas Press, 2018).