Plant Science coordinator, 2nd year Design studio master and lecturer


Ida Breed joined the Department of Architecture at the University of Pretoria in 2008 after completing her master’s studies abroad and serving in practice for 5 years. She currently co-ordinates and lectures Plant Science, acts as studio master and teaches second year design. She completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Eucation (dist)(UP) in 2009.




Ida Breed is currently the President of the Institute for Landscpae Architecture in South Africa (ILASA) and serves on the National Executive Committee. She also serves on the Council of the Built Environment (CBE) and their Built Environment Matters Committee. She has acted as a panellist for the South African Landscape Institute (SALI) Awards since 2011 and the ILASA Merit Awards in 2015. Ida has served as a SACLAP validation panellist and has assessed curricula at the University of Cape Town.



Ida Breed was awarded a doctoral degree in 2015 based on research which examines value systems inside the landscape design profession in South Africa and how to operationalise them. The research unites concepts of ecosystem services with human values, and contributes to the limited body of work that focuses on landscape designers as actors in social-ecological systems through green infrastructure design.


In 2003 Ida completed a master’s thesis that was done through a scholarship granted by Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Mexico. She received an award for the highest average in all subjects for her specialization and master’s year of study (2002, 2003). The research considered contextually and culturally appropriate design of public open space. The fieldwork was done in Mamelodi East, Pretoria.


Ida has acted as study leader to M(Prof) and MSc(Research) students.



  1. Breed, C.A. 2016. An investigation of landscape awards in South Africa and the values they give to constructed landscapes.

In: Breed, C.A. ed. The Proceedings of the 2016 ILASA Conference: Re-interpreting landscape, 29-30 September 2016. Pretoria: Institute for Landscape Architecture in South Africa/University of Pretoria, 108-117.

  1. Sebake, T.N., Breed, C.A. & Kruger, D.M. 2015. An assessment of the quality of shared outdoor spaces in three South African social housing complexes. Town and Regional Planning, 66, 1-14.
  2. Breed, C.A., Cilliers, S.S. & Fisher, C.R. 2014. The role of landscape designers in promoting a balanced approach to green infrastructure. Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 141(3), 1-11.
  3. Breetzke, R. & Breed, C.A. 2013. Cultivating new meaning in the urban landscape: increasing food security and social capital through urban ecology. South African Journal of Art History, 28(2), 18-46.
  4. Grünewald, T. & Breed, C.A. 2013. Cultural landscapes as a model for natural and human systems integration. South African Journal of Art History, 28(3), 51-76.
  5. Van der Walt, R. & Breed C.A. 2012. The mindful landscape: a healing outdoor experience for Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital. South African Journal of Art History, 27 (2), 274-96.
  6. Bennett, J. & Breed, C.A. 2012. Architectural design in response to vulnerable networks. Sustainable Human(e) Settlements Conference the urban challenge, 17-21 September 2012, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa. [International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction - CIB W110 and the University of Johannesburg. Online publication of proceedings []. ISBN: 978-0-620-54069-8.]
  7. Breed, C.A., Claassens, J.H. & Bennett, J.J. 2012. The design of urban form as a response to elusive patterns and networks: Examples from industrial and informal urban areas in Pretoria, South Africa. Spaces and Flows: An International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, 2(2). [], Prato, Italy.
  8. Breed, C.A. 2012. The transient aspects of city life: their understanding and interpretation for design purposes. In: Stoffberg, H., Hindes, C. & Muller, L. eds. South African Landscape Architecture: A reader. Pretoria: UNISA, 41-68.
  9. Middleton, L. & Breed, C.A. 2010. Botanical gardens as experiential science and as living art: the relocation of the succulent section of the Manie van der Schijff Botanical Garden. South African Journal of Art History, 25(3), 68-85.
  10. Breed, C.A. 2009. Mindscape: exploring living space in the urban environment by means of photographic interviews. South African Journal of Art History, 24(1), 89-105.
  11. Breed, C.A. 2009. Facilitating the dynamics of ‘city’: active learning in the design studio. Interdisciplinary Themes Journal: The City: Culture, Society, Technology. 1.1 Online publication []. Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia.
  12. Breed, C.A. 2008. The dimensions of space in the urban environment: three methodological approaches for designers that encompass the dynamics of urban space. South African Journal of Art History, 23 (1), 214-24.
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