Tomà Berlandais an Italian architect and scholar with extensive international academic and professional experience in the field of architecture and urban planning. Within ASA he was involved in the development of educational facilities in Rwanda, and broadening the scope of architecture and design in improving livelihoods and strengthening a sense of identity and culture. His research interests focus on the implications that can be drawn from a non-stereotypical reading of the African city and the practice of architecture in rural and urban settings and landscapes. He was among the first graduates from the Accademia di architettura in Mendrisio, Switzerland (2002) and went on to obtain a Ph.D. in architecture and building design from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy (2009). He has held teaching positions at various institutions and, as of March 2015, will serve as Professor and Director of the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town.