Maxwell Mutanda

Field of Practice:

Thematic Focus


Solitude fellowship

City, Country:

Harare, Zimbabwe


2020, 2021


Oct 2020 - June 2021


Born in Harare/Zimbabwe in 1983.

Maxwell Mutanda is a multidisciplinary researcher, visual artist and designer who uses meticulously detailed collages and architectural practice to create sustainable participatory design. He is a co-founder of the design research firm Studio [D] Tale which explores social and environmental issues across disciplines including architecture, urban transit, migration and product innovation.

His achievements include a fellowship at IdeasCity New Orleans/USA, an initiative of The New Museum, New York/USA (2019), the Africa’sOut! Artist-in-Residence at Denniston Hill, New York (2018), and the British Council’s ColabNowNow Residency, Maputo/Mozambique (2018).

Maxwell Mutanda studied architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London/UK and is the 2020 MSc in Sustainable Urban Development Sheehan Scholarship awardee at the University of Oxford/UK.

His work has been featured at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen/Denmark (2015) and the Arc en Rêve Centre d’Architecture, Bordeaux/France (2015). In addition, Studio [D] Tale featured in the Oslo Architecture Triennale, Oslo/Norway (2019), the Biennale Architettura, Venice/Italy (2016 and 2014), the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago/USA (2015) and the London Design Festival (2015).

Maxwell was a guest lecturer and visiting critic at the universities of Cape Town/South Africa and Johannesburg/South Africa respectively (2016/2017).