Luyanda Mpahlwa, Cape Town based, internationally acclaimed Architect and social commentator on urban development issues. Born in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, completed his National Architectural Diploma in 1982 while serving a five-year term in Robben Island Prison, before going on to complete a Masters in Architecture at the Technical University of Berlin in 1997. Beyond architecture and design, Mpahlwa was a member of the Local Organising Committee’s Technical Team appointed as oversight project managers for the construction and refurbishment of the 2010 Soccer World Cup stadia. He was also Bid Committee Member for Cape Town World Design Capital 2014. He is serving in the Councils of the Robben Island Museum and Walter Sisulu University. Twitter: @DesignMattersLM
Erica Elk is the executive director of the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI), which she was appointed to establish in 2001. A visual artist by training, she has, in her professional career, worked as a writer, designer and strategic project manager across a range of platforms in the arts, culture and development arena. Her energetic and visionary leadership has grown the CCDI into an institution widely recognised for its pioneering work. CCDI provides product and market support services to over 5 000 creative enterprises (who collectively sustain jobs and income for an estimated 14 000 people). Recently, she has been driving a process to develop and implement a Design Strategy for the Western Cape, the focus of which is the application of design to stimulate competitiveness and contribute towards economic growth. In the last year, she was named Social Entrepreneur of the year by the Business Women’s Association of ... read more
Gita Goven is one of South Africa’s foremost sustainability thinkers and practitioners. As founding partner and CEO of ARG Design, she has pioneered a practice of socially and environmentally transformative design that includes landmark projects such as Lynedoch Ecovillage, the Wolwekloof Youth Academy, Philippi Phased urban Development framework, and small town regeneration strategies in the Eastern Cape. Goven is currently the chair of the sustainability Institute, chairs the team of the Wescape regenerative settlement design project and is chairperson of communiTigrow, which is a development facilitation company that designs and delivers sustainable settlements at town and city scales. She recently co-authored a book in 2012; 2 Billion Strong, A Regenerative solution to building sustainable African Cities.