Tariq Toffa is an architect and writer. He lectures at the University of Johannesburg’s architecture department (in Design, History and Theory, and Research Methodology), and writes for the online platform Urb.im on social and urban topics in the South African city context. He is also a researcher at SHiFT, an NGO which provides expertise on the role and design of housing and human settlement in the transformation of the built environment.
Tariq completed his professional architectural studies at the University of Cape Town, and an architectural research Masters at the University of the Witwatersrand. He also studied religious and constitutional law at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, and audited the Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning degree at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
Tariq has practiced professionally across a range of focus areas, including urban design, environmental design, housing, and public, cultural and religious projects, as well as exhibitions and residential architecture. His research interests include colonial landscape and contemporary issues of democracy, difference, city and society. He has also received several design and research scholarship awards.