Ubuntu Design Group - CEO-Founder
My name is Wandile Mthiyane. I am a Master of Architecture student and the founder of Ubuntu Design Group. I grew up in a shantytown in Durban, South Africa, and I believe in using architecture as a vehicle to restore communities’ dignity. I am currently working on partnering with shantytown communities to build sustainable, efficient and affordable housing and infrastructure. I am passionate about a design approach that empowers people by capitalizing upon the creative energy and spirit that they possess, as well as through collaboration with the architects and engineers for their community. In the last 3 years I've had the invaluable privilege of winning the Resolution Project at One Young World with Ubuntu Design Group, and recently we have been afforded a lifetime opportunity to pitch our half-house project at the United Nations!