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Christian Benimana

Dezeen Awards 2019 judge Christian Benimana

Christian Benimana is principal and managing director for MASS Design Group and leader of the African Design Centre.

Benimana graduated from Tongji University's College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Shanghai with a bachelor of science in architecture. After graduating he joined LongiLat Architecture before becoming a global health corps design fellow at MASS Design Group in 2010, where he is currently principal and managing director.

The architect has worked on various projects in countries across Africa, ranging from building and designing to development initiatives and teaching at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology. His projects include the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Alabama, the Rwinkwavu Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the University of Global Health Equity, and the Centre of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering.

Benimana has advised and worked to create Liberia health infrastructure standards and guidelines for the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, as well as create a master plan for the Albert Schweitzer hospital in  Gabon. In 2014 he was a fellow at the Aspen Ideas Festival: Spotlight Health and was a speaker in Arusha at the TED talks global conference in 2017.

Benimana leads the African Design Centre, an apprenticeship fellowship programme that teaches impact-based methods to top designers, and is also secretary general of the East Africa Institute of Architects.



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