Mr. Mokena Makeka

Director, Makeka Design LabSpeaker-Makeka

Mokena Makeka directs Makeka Design Lab, an international award-winning Architecture practice. He has advised the SA Minister of Human Settlements, sat on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Design, and is the winner of the Gold Loerie Award for Communication Design in 2011. He is adjunct professor at GSAPP, Columbia University in New York, and the WITS 2014 Resident Equity Scholar in the School of architecture and planning. He also serves on the South African Creative Industries Federation.

He is a 2014 Desmond Tutu Fellow nominee for leadership, and is a CityPress top 100 South African.

He has served as the chairperson of Isandla institute, Cape Town Heritage Trust, and sat on the FIFA 2010 Arts & Culture Task team.

He serves on the International scientific committee of Durban 2014 UIA conference. He has spoken on urbanism, social innovation and Architecture in Beijing, Shanghai, London, Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, Cairo, New York, Johannesburg, and Cape Town.

He is the recipient of the 2010 Johnnie Walker Celebrating Strides Award for design. Makeka co-wrote ‘Men About Town’, a column in the Cape Times. Mokena is the Founder of MoDILA (The Museum of Design Innovation Leadership & Art, South Africa)

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