Collegium Helveticum

Hannah le Roux
Senior Fellow 2022–2023

Architectural history
Fellowship duration
February 01, 2023–June 30, 2023
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University of the Witwatersrand, ZA


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Hannah le Roux is a registered architect and an associate professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She uses design research, architectural history, urbanism, and curation as modes to engage with the impacts of modern architecture in Africa. This research currently extends to a concern with modernist materials, including the political and cultural economies of their distribution, and their long term consequences. For instance, between 2017–2019, as a fellow on the Mellon/Canadian Centre for Architecture project Architecture and/for the Environment, she researched the toxic legacy of asbestos-cement and continues that work through the Aggregate collective project called Toxics. She is a member of the European Architectural History Network and the editorial board of their journal Architectural Histories, a regional editor for The Journal of Architecture, and a member of the Society of Architectural Historians.

While at the Collegium, Hannah worked on questions of a Swiss/Witwatersrand commons by extrapolating shared ecological, cultural, and ethical stories from three material objects related to the modernist black township of Soweto.