Riana du Plessis is a professional Urban Planner and Urban Designer with specialisation in the fields of precinct planning, layout design, urban design frameworks, regional spatial planning, urban research and monitoring, the formulation of urban development and management strategies and the development of land use policies. Projects extend across a geographic spectrum from neighbourhood up to provincial level, including many different socio-economic environments (from informal settlements through to affluent areas).

Riana du Plessis Urban Planning cc was established at the end of 2007, but she has 23 years' experience in both the private sector and local authority environments with expert knowledge of the urban planning and development situation, challenges and opportunities in South Africa and Africa. 

She has been involved in Master Planning projects in a number of African countries, including Kenya, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe, which also required getting to know the planning law and systems of some of these countries.

Riana du Plessis has been a part-time lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Town and Regional Planning since 2007. She has served as a member of the Gauteng Townships Board since June 2015 and was appointed as an external member to the City of Tshwane’s Municipal Planning Tribunal in May 2016.

Qualifications and Professional Registration

  • B.Town & Regional Planning (University of Pretoria) (1992)
  • BA (Hons) Economics (University of Pretoria) (1993)
  • M. Urban Design (University of Witwatersrand) (Title of Thesis: Transition Neighbourhoods: Re-Imagining the Suburb in a World Without Oil) (2015)
  • Registered as Professional Planner with the South African Council for Planners (Reg. No. A/975/1997)
  • Registered as a Professional Urban Designer with Urban Design Institute of South Africa (Reg No. D009)