Guy Trangos

Guy is a Doctor of Design student, architect, designer and urban researcher. His doctoral research investigates the landscapes and infrastructures of mega-science projects and how these ‘zones of exception’ are entwined in urban processes. In doing so, he considers how these shape theory, and techno-social and spatial imaginaries. His broader research considers the evolving relationships between the urban, architecture, and society, with a focus on the global south. He has reflected on related themes in numerous publications including Perspecta, Scenario Journal, The Architectural Review, City Journal, Canadian Architect, and Architecture South Africa. He has also written widely in the popular media on cities and architecture. In 2015, Guy co-edited the book ‘Movement Johannesburg’, and has authored chapters in other edited volumes.

Guy works commonly in multidisciplinary teams, and has been instrumental in award-winning architectural, research and graphic design projects. Before coming to Harvard, he worked as a researcher at the Gauteng City-Region Observatory, a researcher at LSE Cities, a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, an architect at 26’10 south Architects and Mashabane Rose Architects, and has been a guest lecturer and critic at numerous institutions.

Guy holds a MSc. in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Master of Architecture (Professional) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, both with distinction. 

Selected Publications

Trangoš, G. (2017) Deepening division: Interpreting scales of spatial contestation in Johannesburg in Perspecta 50. MIT Press: Cambridge, MA

Mahomed, F. and Trangoš, G. (2016) An exploration of public attitudes towards LGBTI rights in the Gauteng City-Region of South Africa in The Journal of Homosexuality, 63:10 1400-1421.

Trangoš, G. and Bobbins, K. (2015) Gold Mining Exploits and the Legacies of Johannesburg’s Mining Landscapes in Scenarios Journal, 5, online

Asmal, Z. and Trangoš, G. (eds.) (2015). Movement Johannesburg. The City Agency: Cape Town

Culwick, C., Gotz, G., Katumba, S., Trangoš, G. and Wray, C. (2015) Mobility Patterns in the Gauteng City-Region, South Africa in Regional Studies, Regional Science, 2:1, 308-310

Trangoš, G., Adleson, I., Palominos, N., Valdez Young, A. and Alshalfan, S. (2014) Reordered publics: Re-imagining the City of London in City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 18:2, 191-213


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Guy Trangoš hiking in the High Tatras, Slovakia, 2014