Dr. Josephine Malonza is an enthusiastic and curious architect and urban designer keen on the dialectical relations between Architecture and Society, particularly passionate about quality of life in urban areas. She holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is the founding dean, of the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, in the University of Rwanda, where she has been substantially involved in teaching, research and community engagement for the last ten years. Her work inspired by the unique concept of cultivating learning environments that are participatory, reflective, action-focused and change-oriented.
She has been involved in international research collaborations with the Centre for Sustainable Healthy and Learning Cities (SHLC), UNHabitat and the Global green growth Initiative (GGGI). She served as the vice chair of the Technical Advisory Group supporting the city of Kigali in the revision of the Kigali city Masterplan (2018-2020) and sits in various boards for joint sector review in the ministry of infrastructure in Rwanda. She is a column opinionist for Rwanda’s leading English daily, the Newtimes, where she publishes various opinion pieces on pressing urban issues to non-academic audiences.
Josephine is popular as a social worker and a colleague with strong pedagogical skills and looks forward to learn as well as contribute to this interesting research, that points towards a convincing direction on the future of humanity.