Honours co-ordinator, Human Settlements and Urbanism research field co-ordinator and Lecturer



Carin Combrinck was the director of an architectural practice in Johannesburg for 15 years before joining the Department of Architecture at the University of Pretoria in 2010. She currently co-ordinates and lectures in the Honours programme while teaching third year theory. She has been the study leader for selected M(Prof) students over the course of her academic career.


Carin Combrinck has engaged with communities living in the informal settlements of Slovo Park (Soweto, Johannesburg), Alaska (Mamelodi, Pretoria) as well as Plastic View (Moreleta Park, Pretoria). Proposals developed by students under her supervision have been presented to various Community Based and Non Profit Organisations in pursuit of socio-spatial redress.


Carin Combrinck is the research field co-ordinator for Human Settlements and Urbanism. She completed her PhD in 2015 on the role of the architectural profession in the South African discourse on informal settlement upgrade. The social responsibility of architects in the emerging conditions of African urbanism underpins much of her research interest. Most particularly, methods of participation that contribute towards collaborative design practices are investigated as part of her studio module. Students are encouraged to engage in field research in order to become immersed in contemporary concerns defining the role of the 21st century architect. Theoretical positions in support of an authentic dialogue between spatial design and the society it serves provide the basis of further research endeavours.


  1. Combrinck, C. 2012. Train of thought. Architecture South Africa, Jan/Feb, 22-14.
  2. Combrinck, C. & Filipe, C. eds. 2010. Slovo Park Project: A process of understanding. Pretoria: University of Pretoria.

Conference presentations

  1. Combrinck, C. 2015. Real-time food security information for evidence-based policy-making in metropolitan areas in South Africa: Contributions by Honours students in the Architecture Department at UP. Paper presented at Eco-Health conference, UNISA,     1-2 October 2015, RSA.
  2. Combrinck, C. 2013. Determining appropriate strategies for architectural intervention in the in situ upgrade of informal settlements: A South African perspective. Paper presented at Metropolis Nonformal, 20-23 November 2013, TU Munich, Germany.
  3. Combrinck, C. 2011. Architecture and participation: The meaningful production of place. Paper presented at Community Engagement Conference: The changing role of South African universities in development, University of Fort Hare, 8-10 November 2011, RSA.
  4. Combrinck, C. 2011. Slovo Park: Community participation in urban acupuncture. Paper presented at Architecture in the Fourth Dimension, 15-17 November 2011, Boston, USA.
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