The Story of UBUNTU Design Group
 Who we are UBUNTU Design Group exists to collaborate with local residents to find sustainable housing solutions that work for each community. We believe in using architecture as a means to equip them with skills that will empower and enhance their communities through collaboration and innovation. Our team strives to shape a world view of independent, innovative, and healthy community oriented designs. UBUNTU is a word that encompasses the idea “I am because you are.” Our Mission We believe that people who live in informal settlements (shanty towns) are some of the most creative people in the world. We exist to maximize the creative energy of these individuals by using architectural innovations to create sustainable and affordable communities.
Our Story Wandile Mthiyane, founder of UBUNTU Design Group, grew up in the shanty towns of Durban, South Africa, and always dreamed of returning to make a difference in his home town. When the Ethekwini Municipality afforded him an opportunity to study at Andrews University, located in Michigan, USA he was finally able to meet like minded peers and make this lifelong dream a reality. With this urgency and desire to help his South African community, Wandile found opportunities to learn from his professors and classmates about engaging his passion for architecture while using these skills as a tool to empower shanty towns back home. This was the birth of UBUNTU Design Group. From there Wandile was afforded the opportunity to present his “Half-House Project” during the One Young World Resolution Project Summit in Bangkok, Thailand. He was awarded a fellowship along with start up funding to get UBUNTU off the ground.
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