City Think Space is a specialist urban design, city planning, urban strategy and project packaging company based in Cape Town, South Africa. We provide innovative, design-led and sustainable solutions for urban development policies, frameworks and projects. Our approach is based on the principles and application of integrated and sustainable development. Our goal is to make a positive contribution to the transformation, regeneration and rebuilding of Africa’s cities, towns and villages.


City Think Space was established by Barbara Southworth in 2007 and consists of an experienced team of highly qualified and motivated professionals including urban designers, city planners, architects and project managers. Our extensive experience in both the public and private sector enables us to provide relevant and effective urban design and spatial planning solutions for a range of projects of varying scales, size and complexity.

Barbara Southworth: Managing Director


Barbara is an experienced urban designer and city planner with extensive experience in both the public and private sector. Previously the Director of City Spatial Development, she has an established reputation for producing and implementing high quality and international award winning urban design and planning strategies, programmes and projects. Notable awards include the Ruth & Ralph Erskine Award (2003) for the City of Cape Town’s Dignified Places Programme and the UIA 2004 & 2006 Celebration of Cities Awards.  Barbara has lectured urban design and planning programme at the University of Cape Town and was the past chairperson of the Urban Design Institute of South Africa.


Bobby Gould-Pratt


Bobby is a senior urban designer and city planner at City Think Space with both private and public sector experience. She has extensive knowledge in design, planning, policy development, project packaging and implementation with experience in the fields of urban regeneration, housing, township upgrading, public transport, NMT and public space projects. Bobby has been a part time lecturer in the urban design & planning programme at the University of Cape Town and is the past Vice- Chairperson of the Urban Design Institute of South Africa.

Ian Rout

BSc (Civil Engineering) MBA (UKZN) PrCPM (SACPCMP)

Ian is our operations manager and part time consultant at City Think Space. He has extensive project management experience with specialist knowledge in the field of public housing.


Caitlin Comrie

BArch (UCT) MUD (Edinburgh)

Caitlin has practiced as both an architect and urban designer and has gained local and international experience working on a range of projects that include large- scale development to low-cost housing projects.


Sabina Favaro

MArch (Venice) MU (Venice & Leuven)

Sabina is an architect and urban designer and draws from her Italian heritage and international experience in the conceptualisation and production of our projects. Her excellent graphic skills ensure that complex urban and planning ideas are portrayed in an accessible and clear manner for a range of audiences.


Naseema Ameeroedien

Naseema is our office manager. Her extensive experience in project administration and office management is indispensible in ensuring that our office functions smoothly and efficiently.