Diaan van der Westhuizen is an Associate Professor in Architecture and Urban Design in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand, and co-owner of DEVA’rchitects. He holds professional degrees in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of the Free State and North Carolina State University, and a PhD from the University of Michigan. He currently teaches Theory, Research and Design in Architecture and Urban Design Postgraduate Degree Programmes at Wits. He has worked at the The Roodt Partnership, studioMAS Architects + Urban Designers, and Integrated Architecture and taught at Lawrence Technological University and the University of the Free State. He also worked as a research assistant in the Built Environment unit at the Institute for Social Research in Ann Arbor. His research interests include human aspects of public space, post-occupancy evaluation, and architectural design process methodologies. His publications, exhibitions, and conference talks include work on neighbourhood characteristics and health outcomes, urban conceptions and space, occupancy evaluation of public spaces, energy conservation behaviour, and student design processes.