Nadia Tromp

Ntsika Architects

Nadia Tromp is an internationally acclaimed South African architect best known for her work in social architecture and spatial transformation. In 2008 she founded Ntsika Architects, one a handful of female black-owned practices in the country.

Tromp's particular interest is in the spatial fragmentation of South African cities and the need for increased density and integration. She says, As a practice, we are concerned about the scars left on our landscape by apartheid planning and strive to push the boundaries of conventional thinking around the power of architecture to transform the quality of the environment, through meaningful engagement with the communities in which we work.�

The practice takes care to define problems and identify opportunities for nuanced programs that respond to specific user needs, with the intention of creating architecture that is humane, accessible and a delight to experience an approach that is underpinned by a strong commitment to quality at every stage of a project.

Tromp's work is underpinned by the belief that architects have a broad role to play in society. As such, she continues to engage in a variety of platforms that are concerned with improving the human condition through a variety of interventions, including research around issues of spatial injustice.

Tromp served as the President of the Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIfA), a region of the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA), 2017-2019. She is currently the Director of the International Union of Architects (UIA) Community Architecture: Architecture & Human Rights work program; a board member of SAIA; and the chairperson of the SAIA Habitat Committee.