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Sharóne Tomer

Associate Professor

Sharóne Tomer teaches design studios and courses on urbanism and social issues. Her work sits at the intersection of architectural history and urban studies, through research that explores how architectural practices operate within and address conditions of urbanized inequality. Her teaching and research focus on housing, public space, and architectural activism. Her research topics include spatial change in late-apartheid Cape Town, and contested histories and transforming spaces in Appalachia. 

Urbanism, Housing, Social Justice, Race and Gender, Climate Change

ARCH 2015/2016: Architecture II
ARCH 4034: Building Cities
ARCH 4514/4515/4516/4524: Architecture V/Thesis
IDS 3204: Design as Activism

“Democracy, discourse, and design: Cape Town’s (re)turn to public space.” arq: Architectural Research Quarterly 24:3 (September 2020): 277-290.;

“Travels across Othered Landscapes: Teaching an Architectural History of Difference.” Journal of Architectural Education 74:2 (2020): 273-279.;

“Austerity Architecture: Contradictory Aspirations for Apartheid’s End.” In Kenny Cupers, Catharina Gabrielsson and Helena Mattsson, Eds. Architecture and Neoliberalism from the 1960s Until the Present (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020).;

“Beyond the Bind: Architecture, Gendered Agency and South African Urban Struggle.” In Elizabeth Darling and Nathaniel Walker, Eds. Suffragette City (London: Routledge, 2019).;

“Reframing ‘Service’: Fashioning Architectures of Engagement in Cape Town.” Dialectic IV (Fall 2016): 79-86.;

“Architectural Acts of Redress: Articulating Scarcity in Cape Town.” ArchiDOCT 1, no. 2 (January 2014): 18-31.

Israel Institute for Advanced Studies Fellows, 2019-2020, in “Re-theorizing the Architecture of Housing as Grounds for Research and Practice” Research Group


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

M. Phil., University of Cape Town

M.Arch., University of Oregon

B.A., Washington University in St. Louis