Fanuel JC Motsepe


Fanuel MotsepeHaving lectured at the University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg for four years, Fanuel Motsepe has practiced as an architect and urban designer since 2005. As director of Motsepe Architects (M Arch) (Pty) LTD, he heads significant city rejuvenation projects in Johannesburg’s inner city and South Africa’s capital city, Tshwane, as well as charity projects in villages and historically black townships.

In addition to M Arch, Fanuel is the founder ofMotsepe Architects Research Unit and Practice Unit Learning Apprenticeship (MARU a PULA). MARU a PULA is equipped with a library, a computer lab, an audio-visual room, and a model-making studio. MARU engages local and international researchers and publishes research findings.

Fanuel is the Immediate-Past President of the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA). He is also an executive councillor at the South African Council of the Architectural Profession (SACAP). He served 10 years at the South African Heritage Resources Agency – Gauteng (SAHRA-GP) where he provided heritage conservation architectural services. He is an executive board member of the Black Business Council in Built Environment (BBCBE).

Fanuel subscribes to a design philosophy rooted in cultural-adequacy for built environment doctrines and practices, in particular thosethat unlock the socio-economic opportunities of Africa's marginalized people. He applies this philosophy through the concept of Botho/Ubuntu,‘said to reflect a deep-rooted African maxim, "A person is a person through other persons" - "Umuntungumuntungabantu".’(David Olivier, Faith and Earthkeeping, 1998). Cultural adequacy through Botho/Ubuntu is an on-going research topic at MARU a PULA.