Dr. ir. Gerhard Bruyns is a Dutch - South African architect and urbanist. He is Assistant Professor of Environment and Interior Design, School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
With his 15 years in design education, he has taught in undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD levels. Before relocating to Hong Kong, Dr Bruyns held tenure at the Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology [TU Delft], the Netherlands. After working in practice within South Africa he joined the Chair of Urban Renewal and Management of the TU Delft’s Department of Urbanism, for his MSc and PhD Studies. In 2008 he was invited to join the Delft School of Design [TU Delft], an advanced research unit focused on combining critical theory, philosophy and design within the disciplines of Architecture and Urbanism, in both MSc and PhD curricula. Here Dr Bruyns’ role was to teach core design studios as well as being the MSc coordinator.
Dr Bruyns has lectured at universities in South Africa, South America, Asia and Europe. He has been an invited jury member to architecture schools in South Africa, Asia, South America, the United States and Europe.
In 2007 he coordinated, with Professors A.D. Graafland and I.B. Low, the Urban Development Stall of the African Perspectives Africains, which formed the core backdrop to African Perspectives [South] Africa that engages with urbanization, politics, literature and spatial form of Southern Africa . During 2014 he was Assistant to the General Reporter for the UIA 2014 - World Congress on Architecture as well as Registrar of the UIA 2014 International Student Competition under the theme of ‘Architecture Otherwhere’, with more than 300 student entries from across the globe.
Presently he is an Executive Team member of the International Forum of Urbanism [IFOU], and Editorial Board Member of Cubic Journal and Journal New Design Ideas.
In 2015 he co-edited Footprint Journal issue 15 on Commoning [TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture]. His present professional design and practice work is done in association with CP, Arquitectura, Urbanismo, Investigacion, Colombia & ICON Consultancy in Singapore.
He lives in Hong Kong.