Meet Oluwatobiloba Ajayi, Davide Bugarin, Mir Jetha, Leela Keshav, Matthew Maganga, Ferial Massoud, Nne Owuasu, Maya Patel and Helen Weldegaber Tesfamariam

Oluwatobiloba Ajayi

Tobi is an artist and writer pursuing a Masters in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She completed her architecture degree at Princeton with a thesis foregrounding theories of Black feminism in architectural discourse. Tobi’s interdisciplinary practice is deeply committed to traditions of Black feminism and Black Atlantic visual culture.

Ian Davide Bugarin

Davide is a Filipino-Italian performance artist and MA Architecture student at the Royal College of Art. His essay on the impact of colonialism on queerness and mythology in the Philippines received a RIBA President Awards commendation. Davide is currently working on an interactive video artwork on the permeability of barriers.

Mir Jetha

Mir is an architectural designer at BDP in London. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, his work seeks to challenge and reimagine existing environments of healthcare. Mir is a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, working collaboratively on a health equity initiative.

Leela Keshav

Leela is a Canadian diploma student at Architectural Association. Her current research focuses on environmental justice, examining the coloniality of botany, the rematriation of seeds and more-than-human reciprocity. She is interested in the role of spatial practitioners in collectively envisioning abolitionist futures.

Matthew Maganga

Matthew is a Tanzanian curatorial assistant at the 2023 Sharjah Architecture Triennial. His writing focuses on land issues, artistic practice and architecture, and has appeared in Afterparti, ArchDaily, Frieze, and Gestalten publication Concrete Jungle. He was a member of the 2022 Frieze New Writers programme.

Ferial Massoud

Ferial is a diploma student at the Architectural Association. She considers herself not really French, nor Egyptian, nor American, nor Algerian. Currently interested in the colonial dynamics of Egypt, Ferial is concerned with the ground as a record of these social-political structures.

Nne Owuasu

Nne is a Part 1 architectural assistant interested in the relationship between placemaking and identity, and the role played by well-being, heritage and culture in this nexus. She is an avid explorer of museums, galleries, concerts, and the design of these spaces.

Maya Patel

Maya is an architectural designer with a particular interest in the politics and technologies of architectural conservation and their effects on local communities. Alongside work in practice, Maya is collaborating with CEPT University’s Centre for Heritage Conservation to restorate her family’s village home in India.

Helen Weldegaber Tesfamariam

Helen is an Eritrean Part 1 architectural student interested in exploring ideas of dystopia. From fairytale dictatorship cities to anti-homeless architecture, she wants to rethink space to be more inclusive. Helen also writes spoken word pieces on identity and faith.