School of Built Environment & Development Studies

Yashaen Luckan

Yashaen Luckan


Leadership Academic Leader, Teaching & Learning

Discipline Architecture

Contact Number 031-260-2714

Campus Howard College Campus

Office Address Sheptone Building, Level 8 No. 827

Last Updated 11 months ago

Dr Yashaen Luckan is a Senior Lecturer and professional architect. A proponent of interdisciplinary praxis, his research includes alternate methodologies of thinking and practice for socio-economic redress and spatial transformation in the Global South. Dr Luckan’s research focuses on two distinct, yet interrelated fields, namely, the transformation of architectural pedagogy, and humanistic urbanism. He has been actively engaged with curriculum development and quality assurance in various capacities since 2009. This experience also includes appointment as Evaluator of Accreditation Applications for the CHE; Academic Panelist on Professional Validation (Accreditation) Boards, Evaluator on the DHET Creative Research Evaluation panel. Dr Luckan was key to obtaining full signatory status of the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) with the international accreditation body, the Canberra Accord.

Degrees Held

  • PhD: Architecture
  • Master of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Technology: Architecture

 Research Interests

  • Humanistic Urbanism
  • Spatial Humanities
  • Transformative Pedagogy

Teaching Interests

  • Theory
  • Design
  • Research
  • Law

Teaching Expertise

  • Research-led Design: The development of Theoretical and Conceptual Frameworks in research and towards place-responsive design.
  • Ethical Professional Practice
  • Humanistic Urbanism / Social Ethics in Design


Community Involvement

  • June 2014 – to present: SACAP – President
  • 2013 – Present: UNESCO Chair for Sustainable Urban Quality and Culture – Steering Committee member
  • 2009 -2013:  SACAP- Heads of School Committee
  • 2009 -2014: SACAP- Validation Board
  • 2009 – to present: Council on Higher Education (CHE): Evaluator of applications from various universities and private institutions for accreditation of their proposed new programme offerings

Student Supervision

  • Masters Supervision: 3 completed
  • Masters Co-Supervision: 2 completed
  • PhD Supervision: 1 Current
  • PhD co-supervision: 1 Current