Amanda Breytenbach describes herself as a ‘passionate green citizen’, who believes in responsible and sustainable environment. As a Vice-Dean and Head of Department in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA), she is well positioned to ensure this ideal is woven into the curriculum. Breytenbach was trained as an architect but through her personal interest in higher education she took up her a full time lecturing position within the Department of Interior Design in 1996. Although interior design was a new terrain the transition was fairly easy mainly because it has some similarities with architecture. Apart from dealing with Departmental and Faculty administrative matter she also supervises Master’s degree students and delivers research output. Breytenbach believes in the continuous search for cutting-edge and innovative interior designs but she contends these should be underpinned by a heightened sense of responsibility to promote the principles of a green and sustainable environment.
Research & Published Work
- Subsidy bearing articles in accredited journals
- Breytenbach, A. 2009. Reflecting on the past, present and future role of the Design Education Forum of Southern Africa. Image & Text. Vol 15: 6-19
- Breytenbach, A. 2008. Interior Design Education: Quo Vadis?, Image and Text. Vol 14:70-81
Recently published conference papers
Breytenbach, A. 2010. A Mammoth Task: Developing and Strengthening Design Research in South Africa at a National Level. Second International Conference on Design Education; Sydney, Australia, 28 June to 1 July
Breytenbach, A. 2009. Opening gates: Reflecting on the liaison role of the Design Education Forum of Southern Africa at a tertiary level, Twelfth National Design Education Conference, Graaff Reinet, 4-5 November 2009, p10-17http://www.defsa.org.za/download.php?view.106
Amanda Breytenbach is currently the President of the Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA), of which she has been a member of the Executive Committee for over 10 years, and is a member of the Education Committee that forms part of the South African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID).