Ruvimbo Penina Moyo obtained a Master of Architecture (Professional) degree from the University of Cape Town. She is interested in the relationship between sustainability and housing in contemporary Africa and has spoken on this topic at the 2011 Decorex ‘Conversations on Architecture’ in Cape Town.
Her thesis based paper ‘Utopia of the Developing World’ was published in the 2013 Zawia ‘Utopia’ issue (Milan, London, Cairo) and also featured in the POVO Journal 2014 Inaugural Women’s Edition. Her paper ‘Nkandlagate: Only Partial Evidence of Urban African Inequality’ was published in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology- Department of Architecture journal ‘Thresholds 43: Scandalous’ in 2015.
She has worked for Pearce McComish Tarabuku Architects in Harare, Louis Karol Architects in Cape Town and is currently working at Make Architects and Interiors Studio and Fabian Architects in Cape Town.
Nicolas-Patience Basabose started his career in advertising and media, after 10 years, he went back to his first love, which is design. After training, he started Jean 3:16 Life&Style in 2010, a furniture design and home décor studio and Ebenezer Property Group a property development company with Ebenezer Studio SA being the flagship division involved in architecture, Interior Design, and Urban Design with offices in DR Congo and South Africa and clients in DR Congo, Gabon, Congo Brazzaville, Singapore, Brazil and South Africa. Currently a consultant for a number of companies operating various fields of interest, Basabose is active in a range of disciplines and passionate promoter of the African identity in design, his work is built around the simple act of finding and expressing the “African-ness of things” in everything conceived from the obvious to the subtle.
Nicolas-Patience Basabose is a writer, a contemporary architecture and vernacular architecture studios lecturer at the Universtité Pan-Africaine du Congo and the Institut Supérieur d’Architecture et Urbanisme in Kinshasa, and the founder of the soon to be launched Académie de Design also in Kinshasa. He continues to be one of the fervent advocates of housing in his native Congo and Africa; his upcoming book “Tins Are For Roofs, Not Walls” is a strategic theory on the fight for decent housing in Africa offering routes to both governments and entrepreneurs to invest in truly humane affordable housing, which is a 3-way win-win scenario.
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-anda-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.
Adam Lee Casey graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Design and Architecture from the University of Florida, where he won both ‘Design Excellence’ and ‘Academic Excellence’ awards for his graduating class. After studying with the East Asia Architecture Program in Hong Kong SAR, and the Vicenza, Italy Institute of Architecture, Adam went on to teach a summer design studio for the University of Florida. Shortly after, he moved to Hong Kong to work for OMA/RAD as a junior designer. In 2006 Adam moved to New York to work as an architecture professional at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP until he moved to Cape Town, South Africa in 2009 to collaborate with Makeka Design Lab.
Now based in Cape Town, Adam has been lecturing architectural design and theory at the University of Cape Town.
Since 2012 he has been the principle at the design consulting firm MADA+. He has consulted firms in multiple cities globally as an architect, visual coordinator, artist, urbanist, and lecturer. Adam has practiced architecture, graphic, and web design in Hong Kong, New York City, Berlin, and Cape Town.