Khayakazi Matangana (Flagstaff, 1986) graduated with a Bachelor of Architectural Technology from the Durban University of Technology. Her work experience spans from 2005 where she joined an office as an intern, working on Heritage projects. After her qualification, she moved on to work for other practices where she was involved in the technical documentation of healthcare, educational and residential projects. Afterwards, she joined a non-profit organisation as a construction/Site Manager, working on social development projects which provided highly needed basic facilities in townships and impoverished informal settlements in and around KwaZulu-Natal. That experience of being involved in Social projects has led her to open a non-profit organisation of her own, which will also provide services and facilities to disadvantaged communities. Khayakazi is a lecturer at the Durban University of Technology where she teaches History and Theory of Design while also pursuing her Master's in the Built Environment which focuses on exploring an alternative approach to social housing delivery in South Africa.
Antonio Blanco (Seville, 1973) is an M.Arch graduate from ETS de Arquitectura de Sevilla in 2001, and a registered professional architect in South Africa, Spain and the UK. He has recently graduated with a Ph.D in Civil Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. After a one-year scholarship at Facoltà di Architettura della Sapienza Università di Roma in Italy, he opened his own practice in Seville. Since 2001, Antonio has been the lead Architect of over 100 projects, including competitions, proposals and over 50 built projects, among different categories such as housing, healthcare, landscape architecture, sport, cultural and educational facilities, public buildings, offices, commercial, urban design and intervention on heritage. From February 2002 to December 2012 he led the Projects Department at the Technical Office of the City of Camas. In 2008, he took part in the Leonardo Program practicing in Hannover, Germany, which resulted in a winning proposal for an architectural competition. His work has been internationally published in specialized journals and exhibitions, as well as presented in international conferences such as AIA Committee On Design Fall Conference 2012 and UIA 2014. Antonio combines his professional activity with lecturing within the Construction Studies Program in the School of Engineering at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. As a researcher, he is interested in processes of sustainable development enhanced by the application of smart initiatives, particularly in the Southern African region.