Wandile Mthiyane is a Master of Architecture student at Andrews University and the founder of Ubuntu Design Group.
Wandile grew up in a shantytown in Durban, South Africa, and believes in using architecture as a vehicle to restore communities’ dignity. He is 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."
Wandile has had the invaluable privilege of winning The Resolution Project at One Young World with Ubuntu Design Group, and recently was afforded a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pitch his half-house project at the United Nations. Ubuntu Design Group also has been shortlisted as a top 6 finalist for the SXSW Place By Design international competition under the “speculative and prototyping category".
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