Ilana Steenkamp

Ilana Steenkamp

New York, NY, US

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As an urbanist, I am inspired by the vibrancy of cities and their potential to provide people with access to opportunities and meaningful everyday experiences through human-centered design. I am currently nearing the end of my 3 year Fulbright Scholar experience in the US where I completed my M.Arch at Parsons School of Design, New York and worked for a year at ZGF Architects. I see cities as spaces of engagement and social change, where architecture and design can help in creating healthier, inclusive and meaningful urban environments.



DHK Architects and Urban Designers Cape Town, Cape Town, ZA, Junior Urban Designer

Working as an urban designer on various projects within Cape Town, Johannesburg region and Port Elizabeth Central ranging from urban regeneration projects to brownfield and greenfield developments, within a wide range of scales. I was involved in the Dunkled Public Realm Design Guidelines in Johannesburg, the Donkin Village Conceptual Urban Design Framework in Port Elizabeth, and Longkloof Precinct in Cape Town, among others.

Jan 2018 - current

SITELAB urban studio, San Francisco, CA, US, Summer intern

Working during the summer break on Urban Design projects within the Bay Area. I was involved in compiling presentation material and creating drawings for and guideline documents and client meetings.

Jul 2017 - Aug 2017

VPUU - Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading, Cape Town, ZA, Urban Designer

Working as an Urban Designer on social development projects to create safe and integrated communities within the Cape Town area. This included metro scale mapping and analysis, public participation meetings, creating promotional/graphic design materials, and design at urban as well as precinct scale.

Dec 2015 - Jul 2016

VPUU, Cape Town, ZA, Intern Urban Design

A one month internship at VPUU. I was involved in a the Nyanga Urban Node Upgrade. This involved mapping, AutoCAD, QGIS and Sketchup modelling, precedent study and land-use research, site visits, interviewing informal traders and measuring up of informal trading stalls.

Dec 2013 - Dec 2013

University of Cape Town, Cape Town, History and Theory of Architecture Tutor

I tutored History and Theory of Architecture (HATA3) in the first semester of 2013. The course focuses on the history of Modernist architecture.

Mar 2013 - Jul 2013

Janaa Urban Space Founddation + Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, Bangalore, IN, Design Intern

I did an internship at Janaagraha and the Jana Urban Space Foundation at the end of 2012. Here I was involved in their Tender S.U.R.E project that focuses on urban road renewal in the inner city of Bangalore (Brigade Road specifically). This involved design development, SketchUp modelling and CAD drawings for road renewal that promotes pedestrian-friendly streets and urban regeneration.

Dec 2012 - Dec 2012

ST&AR architects, Cape Town, ZA, Architecture Intern

Involved in mainly residential projects from initial concept design stages to council & construction drawings. This involved conceptual design, AutoCAD & SketchUp modelling, meetings with clients and contractors and site visits.

Mar 2012 - Dec 2012

Slum Dwellers International - Cape Town, Cape Town, ZA, Architecture Intern

AutoCAD and Sketchup modelling and site visits for the re-blocking of an informal settlement (Sheffield Road)

Jul 2011 - Jul 2011


The New School, New York, NY, US, MArch, M. Architecture AP

Aug 2016 - current

University of Cape Town, Cape Town, Master of Planning and Urban Design

Jan 2013 - Dec 2014

University of Cape Town, Cape Town, BArch, Bachelor of Architectural Studies

Jan 2009 - Dec 2011


Foreign Fulbright Scholarship, Scholarship

Fulbright Scholarship for my Masters in Architecture at Parsons School of Design, the New School.


National Research Fund- Scarce Skills Sholarship, Scholarship

For my Masters in City Planning and Urban Design


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