Simba Mafundikwa was born in New York City and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe where he received a diploma in graphic design and new media from the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA). As an undergraduate, Simba studied architecture and graduated cum laude from the State University of New York at Delhi. During his time at SUNY Simba received multiple scholarships and awards, including the Chancellor’s Award which is the highest honor bestowed upon a student in the SUNY system. Upon graduating, Simba participated in the ‘Afro-Imaginaries’ workshop in Harare, run by Columbia University’s GSAPP and Global Africa Lab. Shortly before joining GGLO, Simba collaborated with a Zimbabwean visual artist and writer at an artist residency in Johannesburg, mapping the city of Harare through the eyes of a prominent Zimbabwean writer. Simba’s area of focus includes sustainability, energy efficiency, and the urban landscape.
Simba’s aptitude for design translates into photography and a love for museums. He likes to document people and culture while traveling, and enjoys blending portraiture with architecture.