100 World Class South Africa: Mphethi Morojele

2013-08-02 12:16

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In 2008 MMA Architects, founded by Mphethi Morojele, won the inaugural international Curry Stone Design Prize for humanitarian innovation in design, for a concept that borrows elements from indigenous mud-and-wattle building techniques.

The low-cost dwelling, which also won the 10 x 10 Housing Project Award at the Design Indaba, uses a timber frame and sandbag infill to construct a house for six people that requires little skilled labour and electricity to build.

These elements are critical in the race to construct affordable housing in Africa (the plans are being donated to other countries) and the rest of the world.

Morojele curated the South African exhibition at the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale (2006) and Royal Institute of British Architects (2007).

He has also served on several international juries, including the Holcim Sustainability Awards.

His firm has been involved in a number of award-winning projects, including Freedom Park in Pretoria and the SA embassies in Germany and Ethiopia.

MMA was one of the first black-owned architecture firms in SA, post-1994, and Morojele feels he is working in exciting times for this country and Africa.

His passion is urban design that changes lives and leaves a lasting legacy in communities, such as schools, clinics and libraries.

Next up? A new Central Park for downtown Joburg.

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