We are accepting applications for our forthcoming Change by Design workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The workshop is organised by ASF-UK in partnership with 1to1 – Agency of Engagement and counts as Stage B of the RIBA CPD accredited independent learning course Challenging Practice: Essentials for the Social Production of Habitat. The initiative is supported by the International Institute for Environment and Development and London Metropolitan University’s Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies.


ASF-UK’s Change by Design programme and 1to1 – Agency of Engagement are launching a call for a multidisciplinary group of action-research volunteers to address some of the housing challenges facing inner city Johannesburg.

The workshop will focus on a range of medium- to high-rise buildings dealing with inadequate housing conditions and the risk of displacement. Building upon 1to1’s ongoing activities and partnerships with advocacy groups and grassroots leadership, our aim will be to support local residents and their organisations in their efforts to create fairer living conditions in the area.

Participants will take part in a one-day online symposium in December 2022 and a one-week live workshop in Johannesburg in January 2023. Throughout this period, we will work closely with 1to1 – Agency of Engagement and their civil society partners, adapting the Change by Design methodology to explore how community-led design and planning can contribute to advancing housing justice in inner-city Johannesburg.

Participants to the workshop will be awarded a Challenging Practice Stage B certificate.

Places are limited. Applicants holding a Challenging Practice Stage A certificate, including those who have signed up to attend the next Challenging Practice Seminar in October, will be given priority.

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Parallel to the call for workshop participants, we are opening a selection process for a field volunteer who will be based at 1to1 – Agency of Engagement for 3 months, from the end of November 2022 to the end of February 2023. The volunteer will be working closely with 1to1 – Agency of Engagement, ASF-UK, and local community based organisations on the workshop’s preparation, documentation, and follow up.

For more information on the position and the application process please email: [email protected].

Key workshop information

Title: Change by Design Johannesburg – Housing justice in the inner-city
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa and online
Course dates:

  • Monday 12th December 2022 – Online symposium (1 day)
  • Monday 23rd to Saturday 28th January 2023 – Live workshop (6 days)
  • In preparation for both the online symposium and the live workshop, a variety of written, video and audio resources will be made available through the course’s virtual classroom.

Places available: 25
Fee: £650*
Application process:

  • Saturday 15th October, 2022 – Application deadline
  • Saturday 29th October, 2022 – Notification of acceptance 
  • Saturday 5th November, 2022 – NEW! Extended application deadline
  • Saturday 12th November, 2022 – Fee payment deadline

NOTE – The course fee includes meals, accommodation, local transport and materials during the live workshop. Flights, airport pick-up and electronic equipment such as laptops and cameras are not included. A limited number of bursaries for participants based in South Africa will become available at a later stage.

Architecture Sans Frontières UK is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1123786.
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