Title: Founder of UrbanWorks and SLF Board Member
Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
Qualification: BArch (UCT), MScUD (UCL-Bartlett)
Email address: thiresh@urbanworks.co.za

Thiresh is an architect and urban designer practicing and teaching in Johannesburg. His deep curiosity in emergent spatial patterns, particularly in new democracies, informs the nature of projects he undertakes through his practice, UrbanWorks, which he founded in 2008 to critically engage with these themes through projects of varied scales, agencies and disciplines. He is Unit 14 Team Leader at the University of Johannesburg’s Graduate School of Architecture where he offers his expertise, specifically around understanding where to trade in the street in the inner city. Thiresh has partnered with SLF for almost a decade on projects focussed on informality in South Africa, culminating in the creation of Emergent City as an online exhibition space that displays the outcomes of this collaboration.


Charman AJE, Petersen LM and T Govender. 2015. Street trade in Ivory Park, in Mortenbock, P. and H. Mooshammer. Informal Market Worlds. The architecture of economic pressure. NAI010 Publishers.

Charman A, L Petersen and T Govender. 2014. ‘Shebeens As Spaces and Places of Informality, Enterprise, Drinking and Sociability’, South African Geographical Journal.