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Alexandra Parker

Researcher and Lecturer


Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born in Johannesburg South Africa

Alexandra Parker is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, researching the role of film in shaping urban representation and practice. She teaches first year courses in architecture and planning. She serves on the Architects’ Collective board, organizing the Architect Africa Film Festival and on the board of the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation. She has presented and published on the relationship between the city and film.



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Current Position(s)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow | University of the Witwatersrand
2014 - present

Sessional Lecturer | University of the Witwatersrand
2011 - present

As a sessional lecturer I have compiled and written course outlines, readings, and project briefs; prepared and delivered lectures; prepared and facilitated tutorials; prepared and marked assignment briefs and assignments; prepared and marked examinations. I have also taken students on several field trips managing 50+ students over a few days and making all the logistical arrangements. In addition, I have contributed in other areas of the school – hosting and presenting several lectures; and preparing several presentations and exercises for first year students as part of their orientation week.


Previous Position(s)

Project Coordinator and administrator | Architects' Collective
2009 - 2011

The Architects’ Collective is a non-profit organization that promotes the built environment through cultural activities such as film festivals and exhibitions. As the co-ordinator and administrator I sourced films and exhibition content; co-curated film festival and exhibition content; designed and distributed publicity material including posters and programmes; liaised with service providers across the country; arranged and managed launch events; managed and updated publicity and online media content.


Architectural assistant | Nightingale Associates
2005 - 2006

Architectural Technician | Neill Powell Neill Architects
2005 - 2005

Educational history

Tertiary

University of the Witwatersrand

2010 - 2014

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Town and Regional Planning

University of the Witwatersrand

2007 - 2008

Master of Architecture (MArch)

University of the Witwatersrand

2002 - 2004

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) - Architecture

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