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Diane Arvanitakis, B.Arch.

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeitern / Research and Teaching Assistant

Postal address

Arcisstr. 21
80333 München

Since 2018 Research and teaching assistant at the Chair of Urban Development at TU München

2018 Architect and Urban planner at Büscher Architects, Munich

2016-2017 Senior Manager Cities and Urbanisation Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), Johannesburg South Africa as part of Capital Projects and Infrastructure Unit, often working in collaboration with the Government + Public Services and Finance Units. Specialising in Capital Portfolio Management and Optimisation

2014-2017 Council Member of the directorate of the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) Johannesburg, South Africa

2013-2015 Senior Manager Development Planning and Area Design at the Housing Development Agency (HDA) acting on behalf of the Department of Human Settlements

Since 2013 member of the directorate of SHiFT (not for profit company) actively engaging government and private sector on the creation of inclusive, sustainable and humane living environments

2009-2013 Portfolio Manager at the South African Institute for Architects (SAIA) for the Habitat, Heritage and Transformation Portfolios

2007-2013 Executive Manager of SHiFT (not for profit company), including the delivery of social housing architectural competition, educational initiatives (incl. Summer school and various short courses and study tours), supporting communities in urban development initiatives, and policy statements

2002-2009 Sessional lecturer at University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Architecture and Planning , Johannesburg, South Africa. Including Design Electives, Architectural Construction Studios, Service Learning Research Officer

2002-2018 Professional Architect and Urbanist in private practise, small scale residential architecture, with some fire protection planning

2000-2001 Architect and Urban Designer/Planner at Van Ginneken Vastgoed BV, Netherlands

1998 Junior Architect at Akanani Rural Development Association (not for profit company) focussing on participatory practise in delivery of communal infrastructure in rural environments

1992-1999 Studies of Architecture at University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Architecture and Planning, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Local Government Governance of capital investment infrastructure portfolios
  • Infrastructure portfolio optimisation and management
  • Spatial Justice
  • Public urban development management in developing countries
  • Subsidised housing policy (in South Africa)
  • Slum / Informal settlements upgrading
  • Participatory architectural practice

  • South African Council for Architectural Profession, since 2000