Daniel Xu

M.Arch(Prof) UCT BAS(Hons) UCT BArchStud UFS

Director

Daniel is a director at Alex Stewart & Partners and part-time lecturer at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the School of Explorative Architecture (SEA). Daniel’s core strengths include strategy, concept design, client management, graphics and research. His work has won multiple competitions and awards including the Lake Club and Zandvliet WWTW. He passionately drives AS&P’s creative strategy, marketing and global expansion into various markets including Spain, Switzerland, UK and the Middle East.

He graduated from the University of Cape Town with distinction and as the top postgraduate student of his cohort. He was selected as one of ten students globally to participate in the Norman Foster Foundation Digital X workshop in Madrid, Spain. His previous experience at award winning practices has led him to work on multiple residential, leisure and commercial projects in Africa, Asia and Europe.

His research and design interests are set on an architecture of inflection and dialogue: An architecture formed of the landscape and a landscape formed of architecture. It focuses on the boundaries between the natural and artificial and explores the kinship between architecture and landscape through various technologies.

Education

2018:   University of Cape Town – School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, M.Arch(Prof) – Master of Architecture (Professional)

2017:   University of Cape Town – School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, BAS(Hons) – Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Honours)

2015: University of the Free State Department of Architecture, B.ArchStud – Bachelor of Architectural Studies

Lecturing

Part time lecturer at the University of Cape Town Department of Architecture.

Part time tutor at the School of Explorative Architecture (SEA).

Recognition

2018:   South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) Best Student Award

2018:   Cape Institute for Architecture (CIFA) Best Student Graduating in the Post Graduate Architecture Programme

2018:   Cape Institute for Architecture (CIFA) Best Student Graduating in the M.Arch(Prof) Programme

2018:   Corobrik Regional Architecture Student of the Year First Runner Up

University of Cape Town M.Arch(Prof) Top Design Research Studio Student: ‘sCapes

2017:   University of Cape Town BAS(Hons) Top Design Research Studio Student: ‘sCapes

2015:   University of the Free State Top Third Year Design Student (ONW300)

2015:   University of the Free State Des Baker National Student Architectural Compeition Representative