Portrait by Barry Christianson
Ilze Wolff co-directs Wolff Architects (with Heinrich Wolff) and co-founded Open House Architecture (OHA), a research practice which documents and reflects on Southern African architecture in Cape Town. She was the recipient of the 2016 international L’Erma C prize, in Rome, for her published dissertation – Unstitching Rex Trueform – the story of a vacant modernist clothing factory in Cape Town. Academic highlights include co-teaching a 2013 summer school programme at the Università Iuav di Venezia (IUAV), Venice, and addressing both the Charles Correa Foundation in Goa, and the Architecture Practice and the City panel discussion at Columbia University, New York, in 2016. The work of Wolff Architects has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale; MoMA, New York; Louisiana MOMA, Denmark; Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Shenzhen; and the Chicago Architecture Biennale. OHA/Wolff regularly host exhibitions, interventions, publications and talks in collaboration with artists and scholars so as to develop an enduring public culture around the city, space and personhood.