The Emerge Competition Zimbabwe


Maxwell Mutanda is a ZImbabwean born designer and creative director at Studio |D| Tale.

Maxwell graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture with a Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture.  He has worked for the innovative firm Studio 8 in London run by CJ Lim on a variety of projects that deal with communities and cultural issues. Chief amongst them has been Virtually Venice, which was exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2004 and Dream Isle (2008) which is featured in the publication Short Stories: London in two-and-a-half dimensions.

His work has an emphasis on designing for social change especially as the continent experiences its greatest shift since colonisation. A belief that Africa is well positioned to be a driver for socio-economic change in the world influences his design thinking. His work was featured in the “Young Architects in Africa” exhibition a collateral event at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014. He was also invited to speak at an official Biennale event for the Scandinavian pavilion held by South of North – the collaborative architecture project working in the non-profit sector in developing environments.

Maxwell has previously worked in Sales and Marketing for a German automotive company in Zimbabwe. He has also worked in retail finance dealing with global money remittances in businesses based across Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa.

In 2015 projects he has worked on will be featured in the exhibition Africa: Architecture and Identity at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, Denmark as well as in the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.