Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Professor Saloojee previously taught at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design, where he was an Associate Professor of Architecture with affiliate faculty status in Landscape Architecture and Religious Studies. Before moving to Minnesota in 2005, he studied, taught and practiced architecture here in Ottawa, receiving his B.Arch and Post-professional M.Arch (Theory and Culture) from Carleton University. He completed his PhD at the Bartlett School of Architecture (University College London) under the supervision of Dr. J. K. Birksted and Dr. Iain Borden.
Professor Saloojee teaches courses in architectural design, urbanism and history that explore themes and questions of infrastructure, post-coloniality, and alternative urban and landscape futures. Recent studios have focused on the desert landscapes of the Negev/Naqab, on future scenarios for the Great Lakes, on water and equity in Istanbul, and an upcoming studio on labour and the mining landscapes of Johannesburg. His research and academic interests include a focus on politically contested terrains, ideas of resiliency and adaptation in infrastructure and landscapes through the crossings of architecture, landscape and cultural geographies. He is currently working on a project called “The Incommensurate Archive,” an outcome of his doctoral work that explored the issue of the archival gap in South Africa’s colonial past and post-colonial present.
He remains involved in a number of interdisciplinary, multi-partner collaborations, including the Great Lakes Design Lab (directed by Professor Karen Lutsky in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota – www.gldl.org). Here in Ottawa, he co-directs, with Professor Catherine Bonier, the Carleton Urban Research Lab (c-url) whose focus centres on water, cities and equity.