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Christian Benimana

Christian Benimana joined MASS Design Group as a Global Health Corps Design Fellow in 2010. Today, Christian works as one of the firm’s Senior Principals and Managing Directors and is Director of the African Design Centre, a field-based apprenticeship that is set to empower leaders who will design a more equitable, just, and sustainable world.

At MASS, he serves as an operational and administrative leader, while also spearheading design/build projects, large and small, and development initiatives. Christian’s significant portfolio includes the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture, the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, and African Leadership University in Rwanda as well as the Regional Centre of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering and e-Health and Nyarugenge District Hospital.

He has extensive knowledge of the architectural industry in Rwanda, and East Africa at large and served as the Secretary General of the East Africa Institute of Architects. Christian was recognized as one of the 2017 Quartz Africa Innovators and has been named among 10 architects and designers that are championing Afrofuturism. He has authored articles and book chapters including Re-Thinking the Future of African Cities in The African Perspective Magazine and Creating Design Leaders: The African Design Centre in Public Interest Design Education Guidebook. Before joining MASS, he worked with LongiLat Architecture and Research in Shanghai assisting with the Porsche Center in Shanghai and the Netherlands Pavilion at the 2010 International Expo. Christian holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) of Tongji University in Shanghai, China, and his goal is to develop the next generation of African designers with socially-focused design principles.