I currently manage the operations of 1to1 – Agency of Engagement; a non-profit entity that seeks to positively and systemically affect the way that South African Cities are seen, made and managed. In parallel, I hold a position in the DSD Desis Lab within the University of Johannesburg’s FADA, while preparing to begin my PHD by Design on Critical African City-Making Praxis in 2019.
My current focus is around the inclusive use and design of our South African cities, specifically the role that design plays in this. This has led me to work with various departments of the South Africa government, key local and international research institutes and international universities including Harvard’s GSD, Yale Architecture, USA and the University of Sheffield, UK. I have recently stepped out of a position Graduate School of Architecture’s Unit 14.and have been working closely with Architecture Sans Frontieres through their teaching and design research initiatives here in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
In 2015 I was nominated as an Ashoka Fellow and currently am part of the Young African Leadership Initiative’s (YALI), Mandela Washington Fellowship.
Having been trained in Durban (my home town) and Cape Town, I hold a master’s degree in architecture with distinction from the University of Pretoria with a supplemented semester abroad at the Carlton University in Ottawa, Canada.
Among the various practices I have been involved with in my early career, some of the most influential experiences I have had took place while working with with Architecture for Humanity as well as the South African Shack Dwellers International Alliance.
But, it was during my work as a student with the Slovo Park Project; a student and community led research, co-design initiative, that I developed a critical stance in regard to the role of design in the fluid and dynamic developing areas of South Africa.
More recently I have completed a summer programme on leadership and social impact through policy hosted by the UC Berkeley’s Goldman School for Public Policy during my YALI Fellowship.