BArch 1983 (Pretoria) (cum laude) - Final design title: Victoria Hotel; MScArch (Pennsylvania State University); PhD (Natal)
'Ora Joubert was born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1959, and matriculated in 1976 from Afrikaans Hoër Meisieskool, Pretoria. She obtained a five year BArch degree, cum laude, at the University of Pretoria, a MScArch degree at the Pennsylvania State University in the USA (thesis title: "Contemporary design theory – a curriculum for architectural tuition") and a PhD at the University of Natal, South Africa (thesis title: "A contemporary assessment of the genesis of the modern aesthetic – the impact of modern art on modern architecture").
She worked from 1986 until 1989 as in-house architect for the Get Ahead Foundation – a township-based, non-governmental organization – in which capacity she also initiated art and architectural programmes for township children. She has been in private practice since 1990.
She has lectured, both part and full-time, at the Universities of the Witwatersrand, KwaZulu-Natal and Pretoria, as well as at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, and the Washington University, St. Lewis, in the USA. She has acted as external examiner at all the South African universities offering tuition in architecture. She was appointed Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, from January 2001 until August 2004, where after she accepted the headship of the architecture, landscape architecture and interior architecture programmes at the University of Pretoria until September 2008. She is currently Affiliated Professor at the University of the Free State and in private practice.
She has been the recipient of numerous design awards, including eight Awards of Merit from the South African Institute of Architects and its affiliate chapters, the Corobrik House of the Year Award, three Dulux Colour Awards and a landscape design award. Her work has received critical acclaim in more than fifty publications, including Australian, British, Chinese, Hungarian and Russian journals. She was cited in 2001 as one of the most internationally esteemed architects under the age of 40 in 40 Architects under 40 (Cargill-Thompson, J. Köln: Taschen, 2001) and her work was in 2004 included in The Phaidon atlas of contemporary world architecture (London: Phaidon, 2004). She was also the convener and editor of the seminal, 450-page reference book on contemporary South African architecture entitled 10+ years 100+ buildings – architecture in a democratic South Africa (Cape Town: Bell-Roberts, 2009) which received in 2010 an Award of Excellence from the South African Institute of Architecture.
'Ora JOUBERT was conferred a Doctorate of Philosophy in Architecture at the University of Natal in 1999 with Dennis RADFORD as study leader, the study is titled "A Contemporary Assessment of the Genesis of the Modern Aesthetic - The Impact of Modern Art on Modern Architecture."