Prof Rodney Harber was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1940. He came to Durban to complete his Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Natal in 1965.
In 1969 he founded Harber & Associates: Architects, Urban & Regional Planners, a small practice operating from the Harber home where he and his wife Roz still practice their profession.
Rodney completed his Masters in Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Natal in 1987, and became an Associate Professor of Architecture at the same institution in 1992, a position he still holds.
Rodney has been particularly enthusiastic in passing on his skills and accumulated knowledge to a new generation of architects. For over thirty years at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, he has lectured in the Undergraduate BAS and Advanced Architecture courses and served as the Studio co-ordinator across all years of study, setting Architectural Design directions.
He has been a trustee and member of several charitable boards, has written two books and has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has taken part in numerous international exhibitions of architectural design. He is a founding member of the Built Environment Support Group (BESG) University of Natal in 1985 and currently a Director.
He has received numerous honours for his work and has also served as an Adjudicator of numerous architectural competitions.
His research topics vary widely from issues surrounding land availability; low cost housing and the impact of architecture and design on HIV/AIDS; to monuments, heritage architecture and conservation. He has devoted his career to finding architectural solutions specific to the social, economic and climatic context he worked in. Projects he has developed and worked on strive to respond to socio-political imbalances and to assist vulnerable communities to access resources.