Karen Botes is a landscape architect and PhD candidate. Her research focuses on producing traditional African vegetables in outdoor living walls to address household-scale food security in South Africa. She completed her Master of Technologiae (Horticulture) Cum Laude at the Tshwane University of Technology in 2007. Karen joined the Department of Architecture at the University of Pretoria as a lecturer in January 2019. Career highlights include the 2020 Department of Architecture and EBIT Faculty Teaching and Learning awards and winning the World Building Council 2022 abstract competition for her abstract titled "Traditional African vegetables in modular living walls: a novel approach towards smart cities".