Kevin Kimwelle is a Kenyan-born architect and concept-driven designer. Having travelled to various countries in Africa, Kimwelle observed that many examples of modern architecture do not uplift the communities in which they are built, being commercially-driven projects instead.
Kimwelle believes that a building should facilitate ongoing growth to the people who use it, especially young people. He led the redesign of the Joe Slovo West Community Project in the Joe Slovo Township, Port Elizabeth, which was completed in September 2015. The walls of the children’s preschool was constructed using approximately 1500 discarded wine bottles, reflecting Kimwelle’s cost-effective and environmentally conscious approach to building design.