Mpho Matsipa

Lecturer in Architecture

Mpho Matsipa is an educator, researcher, and curator of African Mobilities. Mpho was  Loeb Fellow (2022) at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, and a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in 2021-2022. She received her PhD in Architecture from UC Berkeley. She has taught Advanced Studio, History and Theory of Planning and Architecture, in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand, The Cooper Union for Art and Science and Columbia University. She was a co-investigator on an Andrew Mellon research grant on Mobilities and she has written critical essays on art and architecture and curated several exhibitions, discursive platforms and experimental architectural research including  the 14th International Architecture Exhibitions at the Venice Biennale (2008; 2021); chief curator of African Mobilities at the Architecture Museum, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (2018); and Studio-X Johannesburg, in South Africa (2014-2016).

Mpho is  an associate curator for the Lubumbashi Biennale, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2024) and she is working on a publication on  African Mobilities. Her curatorial and research interests  are at the intersection of decolonial urban studies, experimental architecture and visual art in the majority world.