Michael Murphy: The need for more African architects

“There’s a huge need for investment in training the next generation of architects in Africa,” says Michael Murphy, whose firm, MASS Design Group, has been responsible for the design of some of the most innovative hospitals and school buildings in Africa today.  The Boston based firm now has projects in 10 African countries.

“If we don’t invest in training architects, designers, thinkers and creative leaders in the subcontinent we’re going to see major public health disasters, major pollution, incredible urbanisation that’s super problematic,” he explains. “I would say it’s one of the most important needs of our time.”

But there’s more at stake than just keeping up with the continent’s fast-growing building needs. Architecture at its most effective can be a symbol that helps bring about a wholesale change of the system at large.

via Design Indaba.

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