Christian Benimana

Rwanda Programs Director, MASS Design Group

Christian Benimana is the Rwanda Programs Director at MASS Design Group and Founding Director of the African Design Centre. Christian leads the implementation of the African Design Centre, a field-based apprenticeship fellowship program to train top design talent on the continent in impact-based methods. He has been involved with design/build and consultancy projects across many countries in Africa, development initiatives, operational and administration leadership, as well as with teaching at the then architecture department of the former Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST). He has served as the chairman of both the Education Board of the Rwanda Institute of Architecture and the East African Institute of Architects. He was a TED speaker at the TED Global conference in Arusha in July 2017, a 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival: Spotlight Health fellow and a 2011 Global Health Corps fellow with MASS. Christian holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) of Tongji University in Shanghai, China (2008), and worked with LongiLat Architecture and Research in Shanghai prior to joining MASS.