Professor John Knight

Professor John Knight

Professor John Knight commenced his architectural studies at the University of Cape Town completing them at Kingston Polytechnic, UK with a commendation in Design. Upon graduation he practiced in London before returning to his home city, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe where he registered as an architect and commenced his own practice working on several National Monuments including the award winning renovation of the National Gallery in Bulawayo.

In 2001 he moved to France establishing a practice and undertaking a large variety of projects including several heritage buildings with his competition entry for the St Malo Crematorium being selected and built. In 2008 he moved to the UAE becoming involved on a number of high profile projects including the New York University in Abu Dhabi working for Rafael Vinoly Architects and designing the Al Quoz Mall winner of the Leisure and Tourism MEED (Middle East Economic Digest) Project of the Year 2012 whilst working for GHD(Global).

He has since returned to Zimbabwe to lecture as Associate Professor at the National University of Science and Technology. While architectural design remains his primary interest he is involved in raising awareness of historic buildings of Bulawayo and in vernacular architecture of the surrounding region including the World Heritage Site of the Matobo Hills where he co-founded My Beautiful Home Competition and Research which looks at promoting the local tradition of painting and decorating homes using natural materials. He has also a keen interest in sustainable design particularly alternative technologies using recycled materials.