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.
Henry Abosi is an architect, lecturer at UCT and editor of BeFront Magazine.
He graduated cum laude with a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Cape Town. He is interested in large spatial dynamics and their relationship to the human scale, particularly, large scale infrastructure and public buildings.
Henry is greatly influenced by classic cinematography and film history. His passion lies in film-making and writing.
At the beginning of 2016 Henry founded BeFront Magazine, a platform for critical engagement with art, architecture and film. He has previously been involved with Elle Decoration and is currently collaborating with several artists in Cape Town. Henry has worked for Revel Fox, Peerutin and SAOTA. He is currently one of the lead design architects at dhk architects in Cape Town.
Yuki Kamiya graduated from Mie University in Japan. While he was a student, he travelled to more than 10 countries exploring architecture in developing countries.
As an architect, he has worked Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates in Japan, receiving recognition and awards for the projects he was a part of.
He participated in the JICA/JOCV (Japanese Government Program) and was assigned to Harare Polytechnic as an architectural lecturer in Zimbabwe. During this time, he designed the ‘Harare Child Care Centre’. The project was exhibited in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan and awarded the Space Design Review 2014 prize. After working there for two years, he moved back to Japan.
He is now based in Aichi, Japan and has opened his office, 1-1 Architects that offers architectural
Prof. 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.