Khensani Jurczok-de Klerk is an architectural researcher, designer and performer from Johannesburg, South Africa. At the centre of her practice is an interest in spatial storytelling and commitment to spatial education.
She is founder of Matri-Archi(tecture), an association based between Switzerland and South Africa that hosts a network of spatial practitioners dedicated to the development of African spatial education, offering a site for artistic collaboration through design, art and architectural research projects. She is also the host and producer of the podcast KONTEXT.
She is currently conducting a PhD as a doctoral fellow at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) ETH Zürich. Her independent research and practice focuses on safe space, questioning the role that architecture has plays in relation to reducing Gender-based violence in cities.
She previously taught at the chair of Affective Architectures at the ETH Zürich, where she co-coordinated the Department of the Ongoing platform. She has also taught in Johannesburg and practiced in London, amongst engaging in educational contexts through giving lectures and talks at various instititions across the world, including South Africa, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and central Europe. She has exhibited work in various contexts including the Chicago Architecture Biennial (us), Vitra Design Museum (de), Keyes Art Mile (sa), Pinakothek der Moderne (de) to name a few.
She received a Bachelors in Architecture and a Bachelors of City Planning (Hons) from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) as well as an MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design (RIBA II) from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom).
Through her multidisciplinary approach, Khensani finds educational value in spatial, written and auditory explorations. On the odd occasion she appears as ‘Khe’ , where she explores emotive presences embedded in spatial conditions through spoken word projects.
She is fluent in English; and speaks Xitsonga, Afrikaans and German (CEFR B2).
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