Prof. Ernest Khalema

Dean & Head of School

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Ms Lindiwe Nhlapho
031 260 1759 nhlaphol@ukzn.ac.za
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Welcome message from the Dean

Welcome to the School of Built Environment and Development Studies (BEDS). It’s my pleasure to be leading a School that has had many accomplishments and to be working with a highly capable team of Academic Leaders and staff members.  Our School is uniquely positioned to foster research, scholarship and community engagement through the creative and intellectual drive of our staff and students.

The School of BEDS is home to the disciplines of Architecture, Housing and Planning all of which comprise the Built Environment cluster.  It is also home to the disciplines of Community Development, Population Studies and Development Studies. The synergistic and interrelated nature of these disciplines enhances our School’s ability to provide the critical mass that responds to the challenges of underdevelopment in our communities, country, region and continent at large.

Top Stories

May 24, 2018
Architecture students seen with their chicken coops, created for the Green Camp gallery project. Architecture students seen with their chicken...
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May 17, 2018
High achievers from the School of Built Environment & Development Studies. Clockwise from left: Ms Eliza Solis-Maart, Ms Lerato Moshoeshoe,...
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April 18, 2018
Celebrity Fitness trainer Sbahle Mpisane graduated with her Bachelors degree in Housing and Town Planning. Celebrity fitness trainer Sbahle Mpisane, also...
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Our Disciplines

Architecture is a fully accredited SACAP professional degree. The design of buildings and their context in the built environment, as well as understanding the needs of the users who will occupy these buildings is taught in a studio environment...
Community Development
Community Development is a multi-disciplinary research and teaching programme which focuses on the broad areas of social development and socio-economic reconstruction...
Development Studies
Development Studies addresses key economic, political and social concerns - inequality and poverty, uneven or inadequate economic growth, maldistribution of resources and institutional failures by critically examining the role and efficacy of state policies...
Housing is more than mere shelter. It transcends the physical structure and exists within a context defined by services and facilities which link individuals and families to the community, the city and regions...
Planning means the scientific, aesthetic and orderly disposition of land, resources, facilities and services with a view to securing the physical, economic and social efficiency, health and well-being of urban and rural communities...
Population Studies
Population Studies is a broad social science discipline concerned with the study of human population in relation to the factors associated with changes in their size, composition and distribution...

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