Mandi Pretorius

Ph.D. Student

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Mandi Pretorius is an architect and Ph.D. Student with the Yale Schools of Architecture, Forestry & Environmental Studies. 



Her research investigates the interfacial condition between human, architecture and environment through biophysical and metaphorical engagement at the building envelope and as an interest in the built environment’s capacity to shape lived experience both as a measure of cognitively perceived experience and as an objective measure of biological interactions catalyzed within an environment.

Her research focuses on how the building envelope makes provision for the multiple roles of water ( in vapor and liquid phases) as a thermodynamic & photoelectric medium, a human need and equitable scarcity, and as a biophilic affordance in the built environment.



She received her M.Arch (Prof) from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, and an MSc. in Architectural Science from the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), New York. She is a registered architect with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP), with professional work experience on diverse award-winning projects.

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