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Llewellyn van Wyk

South Africa

Urban and infrastructure policy analyst at UrbanLab



  • Architecture


Llewellyn van Wyk is a principal urban and infrastructure policy analyst at UrbanLab. His work focuses on developing alternative development paradigms for urban and infrastructure planning and design.

He was a Principal Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Built Environment Unit until July 2019. 

Llewellyn is a researcher, guest lecturer and designer with extensive international experience. He is a leading scholar of 21st century green building and green infrastructure design discourses with a specific focus on the use of innovative building technologies. He has received several awards for his work, including the CSIR Excellence Award, South African Institute of Architecture Project Award, and the Mayor of Cape Town’s Greening of the City Award. He has published widely including a recently published book as well as numerous book chapters and conference papers. Llewellyn has appeared as a keynote speaker, conference speaker and guest lecturer internationally including the United States, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Germany, Italy, France, Netherlands, Malta, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Mauritius, Reunion, Guyana, Nigeria, Kenya, and Botswana. Building on award-winning design experience, Llewellyn maintains a wide-ranging design interest, which includes building projects and design research collaborations with private and public bodies. He has written a number of policy documents for government, including A National Green Building Framework for South Africa (adopted by the South African Government at COP-17 in Durban), Creating an Enabling Environment for Innovation in State-assisted Housing in South Africa, and the Institutionalisation of Innovative Building Technologies for Social Infrastructure Projects in South Africa (adopted by Cabinet in August 2013). His current research focuses on the development of decentralised infrastructure services using innovative technologies.

Llewellyn is a past-president of the Cape Institute of Architects, the South African Institute of Architects (where he was awarded Life Membership), and the Commonwealth Association of Architects. He is also a past Deputy-Mayor of Cape Town.