Hunguta design is collaborative assembly of architects, designers and multidisciplinary artists loosely centred between Cape Town, Harare, Kampala, Johannesburg and Zurich.
Tomà Berlanda is an architect and Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town (UCT). A scholar with extensive international academic and professional experience, he pursues research interests focusing on the implications that can be drawn from a non-stereotypical reading of urban and rural topographies in Sub Saharan Africa, and the socially engaged practice of architecture. He was co-founder of ASA studio (2012-14) and is now co-founder of a studio.space.
Nerea Amoròs Elorduy is an architect and researcher native of Barcelona. She focuses her professional and academic work on the link between architecture, place making and human well-being. She taught and contributed to create the School of Architecture at the University of Rwanda and co-founded ASA Studio based in Kigali and Creative Assemblages in Kampala that designed and built educational and health projects with emphasis on participation. Her PhD research explored how the built environment of long-term refugee camps in Eastern Africa affects young children’s learning.
Khensani de Klerk is a junior architect and planner from Johannesburg, South Africa. Her efforts are centred on one core principle: to normalise Architecture as a tool that allows multiple identity groups to be active designers of space. She received a Bachelors in Architecture and Bachelors of City Planning (hons) from UCT. She has been a research fellow at ETH Zürich and has worked for Urban-Think Tank, Zürich and Local Studio, Johannesburg. Khensani is the founder and co-director of Matri-Archi(tecture) and a director at the Youth in Property Association (YIPA), South Africa. She is currently pursuing an MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design at The University of Cambridge.
Tao Klitzner is a postgraduate Architecture student at the University of Cape Town where she is a member of the Space of Good Hope research studio that focuses on community engagement in Delft, Cape Town. Her research dissertation Water as Urban Nature's Suture, furthers her interests in the exploration of ecologies as lens for architectural intervention – both as a means of interrogating and questioning past, present and potential future paradigms – in conjunction with an engagement of iterative architectural processes. Klitzner has participated in socially engaged work at the university (Archifemme) and previously in community youth programmes as well as interfaith initiatives as a tutor, councillor and student.
Scott Lloyd is an architect and urban researcher based in Zurich. He has worked in Switzerland, China, Australia and South Africa on architecture, research, publishing and curatorial projects. He holds a Masters Degree in architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) where he was engaged in design research on fundamental architecture and the global city with the Urban-Think Tank. With the group he coordinated the research and implementation project for alternative housing prototypes and upgrade methodologies in Cape Town, South Africa. The project was awarded the 2017 UN-Habitat Best Practice in the Built Environment. He is currently director of the board for the architecture research group TEN.
Maxwell Mutanda is a pluridisciplinary artist/researcher/designer whose architectural based practice promotes sustainable participatory design. He is a cofounder of the design research firm Studio [D] Tale that explores social and environmental issues across disciplines including urbanisation, transit, migration and product innovation. Mutanda studied Architecture at the Bartlett, University College London. He has exhibited internationally including at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Copenhagen), Arc en Rêve Centre d'Architecture (Bordeaux), the 2014 and 2016 Venice Architecture Biennales and the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial. He is a past IdeasCity New Orleans fellow (2019), AFRICA’SOUT! Artist in Resident at Denniston Hill (2018), and British Council ColabNowNow Resident (2018).
Sunniva Viking is an architect and urban designer based in Cape Town, with extensive international professional experience of working in Europe, Asia and Eastern and Southern Africa. She is the co-founding partner of a studio.space and Studio Sun in Cape Town, South Africa. She holds a M. Arch from KTH (2002), Stockholm, and an MA in African Studies (2010) from SOAS, London. She is currently consulting in supporting participatory design and building processes for Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDs) in remote villages in eastern Zambia.