- An award winning architect is changing how people live and this has made an enormous impact in their lives
- He turned down a scholarship to pursue his passion and to help people
- His design team has won a number of awards and has transformed the infrastructure of the Western Cape
The French architect Le Corbusier famously said that houses are "machines for living" but they are so much more. A South African architect has beaten his own path and thinks very differently from his peers.
Mokena Makeka graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Architecture with distinction. He was offered a scholarship to continue studying but he turned it down knowing that he had a greater purpose.
Briefly.co.za learned that he wanted to change lives and he did. Makeka improved peoples lives by improving where they lived. He founded his own company, Makeka Design Lab in 2002, and has shown himself to be one of the most forward-thinking architects of his generation according to beautifulnews.co.za.
Working primarily in the Western Cape he has improved infrastructure and established commercial, residential, and community facilities. He and his team has won a number of awards in the process including a 2009 CIFA Merit Award for their design of a civic centre in Khayelitsha, and a 2011 Gold Loerie for their design of a SAPS railway police station.
Makeka is more than an architect he's an external examiner at the Columbia University School of Architecture, he lectures at the University of Cape Town, advised the South African Minister of Human Settlements, and sits on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Design.
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