Mpho Matsipa is a researcher at the Wits City Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She has a degree in architecture from the University of Cape Town and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her PhD, The Order of Appearances, explored the entangled geographies of urban informality, urban redevelopment and the politics of race, gender and aesthetics in Johannesburg’s inner city. Matsipa has written critical essays and reviews on public art, culture and space for Art South Africa, The Architectural Review and Thesis 11 (forthcoming), and has curated several exhibitions, including that of the South African Pavilion at the XI International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale (2008). She has been an adjunct assistant professor of architecture and associate research scholar at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and a curator of Studio-X Johannesburg – a Columbia University-sponsored experimental public platform on architecture and the city.