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Kimwelle’s architectural studies and professional experience span from Kenya to South Africa with global collaborations in USA, Germany, and India. His focus has led him into community development work in South Africa, where he is currently based. His doctoral research in the use of alternative design (materials & technology) technology as agent towards social change merges the environmental aspects with the socioeconomic impact and applies a transdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach. Kimwelle’s research development and innovation work engages several academic institutions in Africa, Europe and the US. His work emerges from a foundation of a people-centred design approach, while responds to the urgency towards social and environmental justice by merging business, environment, and technical knowledge towards a holistic application. Well-travelled in the Eastern and Southern Africa, and Central Europe, his work explores alternatives grounding the green agenda in affordable sustainable solutions. He was finalist for the 2017 Design Indaba’s MBOISA (Most Beautiful Object in South Africa). He was 2018 SAPOA Winner for the Overall Most Transformational Project in South Africa. He has won the 2019 SAIA-EC (South African Institute of Architects) Regional Award followed by the 2023 Regional Commendation to the nationals award in 2024. He has been numerously featured on news articles such as The Guardian, Mail & Guardian, SABC television, Deutsche Welle Television, MNet’s Carte Blanche etc. He has also been featured in architectural magazines such as Architectural Record (New-York), Metropolis Magazine (New York). He has participated in several global movements such as the 2023 Copenhagen Film Festival for UIA (International Union of Architects) under UNSDG Leave No One Behind, the transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda. He was formed part of the Creative Climate Coalition 2022 Climate Change Conference COP27 in Egypt.