Sumayya Vally (b. 1990, South Africa) carries obsession for Johannesburg. Her design, research and pedagogical practice is committed to finding expression for hybrid identities and contested territories. Johannesburg serves as ground for finding speculative histories, futures, archaeologies, and design languages; with the intent to reveal the invisible. Her work is often forensic, and draws on performance, the supernatural, the wayward, and the overlooked as generative places of history and work. She was recently named to the TIME100 Next list celebrated as one the world’s leaders primed to shape the future.

Sumayya is presently based between Johannesburg and London as the youngest ever architect of the Serpentine Pavilion 2020/1.
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Past Works