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Jhono Bennett

PhD Researcher

Jhono Bennett is the co-founder of 1to1 – Agency of Engagement, a design-led social enterprise based in Johannesburg. 1to1 was initiated in 2010 in support of the multi-scalar work being done to re-develop post-Apartheid South African cities in the face of systemic spatial inequality. He is currently a Unit Tutor in the BSc Architecture Programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture and enrolled at the Bartlett School of Architecture as a doctoral candidate in the TACK / Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and its Ways of Knowing network. His practice-led research interests are driven by issues of inclusive design approaches, spatial justice, critical positionality, and urban planning in South African cities.

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Jhono's practice work with 1to1, in conjunction with his teaching and research work in the Faculty of Design, Art and Architecture (FADA) at the University of Johannesburg (South Africa), has given him the opportunity to work with various departments of the South African government, key local and international research institutes as well as international universities that include Harvard’s GSD (USA), CEPT’s Faculty of Architecture (India) and the Urban Design programme at the University of Sheffield (UK).

Jhono was recently selected for the Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans Award (Civic Sector) and in 2015 was nominated as an Ashoka Social Entrepreneurship Fellow as well as an Alumni of the Mandela Washington Young (MWF) African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Fellowship. More details of his work can be seen here:

Research Focus and Interests - inclusive design approaches; spatial justice; critical positionality; and urban planning in South African cities.


From - South Africa

Favourite Place - Durban's Beach Front Promenade, South Africa

FUN FACT: If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only bring 3 things, what would they be?

Books, books, books.