Juliet Kavishe is a Professional Interior Architect Member of the African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID).
My foray into Interior Architecture started with studying a year of Architecture at The University of Pretoria and realising that I was more interested in the human scale of design and how we interact in various spaces, as opposed to the external elements of design that contribute to the identity of towns, cities and villages. Interior Architecture offered me the tools and continued interest in this exploration of Genius Loci, the spirit of place, which is greatly influenced by the human experience.
However this keen interest in the built environment was not unfounded because having grown up on two different continents and lived in four different countries none of which being my country of origin, I found that these life experiences gave me a global outlook on design strategies and solutions within my profession.
During this COVID-19 global pandemic, I am finding myself consuming all the content I can find on innovative ways our continent, Africa, is approaching the international solutions like social distancing, hygiene and health with our limited resources and access. I’m encouraged by our unbreakable spirit and local innovations and hopeful that the other end of this pandemic will yield industries and design thinking strategies that have a global application.
Do you believe that Africa as a continent might be the thought-leaders going forward based on our innovations in spite of lack?