Mokena Makeka

Architect

Mokena Makeka's vision is to establish a sound African aesthetic by creating places that restore human dignity and make people proud of the countries they live in. It's not a tall order for a man who has won the CIA Award of Merit twice and was nominated for the 2010 Johnnie Walker Celebrating Strides Awards in Design. As the principal of Makeka Design Lab, a company he founded while he was a student at the university of Cape Town, 34 year-old Makeka loves creating spaces that inspire people. He may have chosen to study architecture over engineering but when you look at the form and function of his designs, it's clear that he fuses the two with ease. Makeka sits on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council for Design and was named by renowned Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron as one of 100 up-and-coming architects from around the world. � Cat Pritchard

Lunch spot: Alla Bosta Italian Deli, Cape Town