Raised in Maseru, Lesotho and New York, USA, Mokena Makeka is an accomplished architect, artist, creative, curator, designer, global leader, scholar, speaker, urbanist and visionary. He holds a B.Arch Dist. Hons, University of Cape Town (UCT), and various executive leadership qualifications, from the Harvard Kennedy School, Oxford University, Wits University and others.
He is the owner of architectural practice, MDL Workshop cc trading as DESIGNWORKS, and is adjunct professor at Cooper union, New York and at Carleton University, Canada.
Through DESIGNWORKS he offers high quality design and strategic insight work, innovative design solutions across urban, architectural, cultural and installation scale as well as nurturing talent and providing mentorship to various creatives and disciplines.
Mokena has extensive experience of leading, founding and serving on boards and some of these roles include the South African Heritage Agency, the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa, Cape Town Heritage Trust, the Isandla Institute (Ex- Chairman of the board) and Bush Radio Station. (ex-Chairman of the board), Cape Africa Platform (ex-chairman of the board)
Mokena is a founding member of CCIFSA and served on the World Cup Arts and culture committee for South Africa. He is currently the chairman and founding member of the board of the School for Explorative Architecture, and is on the board of the Green Building Council 2020.