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Amy Leibbrandt

Amy practices as a candidate architect as part of the Local Studio team in Johannesburg, South Africa, current projects include a 318-unit affordable housing development in New Doornfontein and a small outreach school in Mayfair.


She has a keen interest in the development of low-income neighbourhoods, housing and global south urbanism. Her dissertation titled Architecture without Land (2017) investigated land rental as a development strategy in well-located, low-income neighbourhoods. Architecture without Land postulates the role of architecture without the promise of ownership of land, exploring change and stability, temporality and permanence in architecture. Amy had the opportunity to present this research, summarized as a paper, at the Open Building for Resilient Cities conference in Los Angeles in December 2018.

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