Thorsten Deckler runs 26’10 south Architects together with partner Anne Graupner. The practice thrives on engaging with Johannesburg’s array of urban, social and economic contexts. In order to thrive within this segregated reality, the practice finds it necessary to operate in the field of URBAN design, ARCHITECTURE and RESEARCH. Since 2008 a long held dream to conduct research in parallel to practice has been realised in the form of an on-going project investigating formal and informal housing processes. Both partners teach, write and lecture on occasion. In 2012 the practice was chosen as the ‘most interesting’ emerging practice in South Africa in the Backstage Award.