Tomà Berlanda is an architect born in Venice with extensive international academic and professional experience. He holds a Diploma in Architecture from the Accademia di architettura in Mendrisio, Swtizerland (2002) and a PhD in Architecture and Building Design from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy (2009). Since 2015 he has been Director and Professor at the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town, where he pursues his research interests focusing 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. Prior to this, he was co-founder of asa studio in Kigali (2012-14), where he led an extensive design and build campaign to provide community-based early childhood and health facilities across Rwanda. The award-winning work has been published widely, and included in the exhibitions Afritecture: Building Social Change (2013) and Africa: Architecture, Culture and Identity (2015).
Professor Berlanda has held several teaching positions. He has been Assistant Professor at Syracuse University (2009-2010), Visiting Critic at Cornell University (2012) and Senior Lecturer at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (2011-2013). He has served on the editorial board of rivista tecnica, Lugano, and is a regular contributor for de Architect, den Haag. He is the author of Architectural Topograhies (2014), as well as number of articles and chapters in international publications.