Designing and Building in Central and East Africa


Charles Newman, LEED AP

I have worked for private architectural practices in the United States and for NGOs large and small in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Tanzania and in Haiti.  I am currently pursuing a master degree in Design Studies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design with a concentration on Risk and Resilience.  My research considers the interactions between public, private and non-governmental entities towards the implementation of large scale multi-national infrastructure projects. Issues of legality, transparency, efficiency, risk and responsibility have emerged as areas of particular interest.

My work has shown consistent dedication to improving the lives of those most in need with low cost / high impact design solutions developed through community-driven design processes. Much of this experience has been documented on this blog. It is this on-the-ground experience that frames my investigations into the larger, complex challenges facing our rapidly developing world of today.

In addition to my built work, I have published numerous articles and papers relating to my experiences working in both Africa and beyond (many of which are republished here).  I have also spoken at numerous universities including Columbia University, New York University, Peking University, Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or potential projects.


Twitter: @Afritekt

Skype: Charles.Mwendo.Newman

Cell (USA):  (917) 545.2346