Etta Madete

Etta Madete is an architectural designer at BuildX Studio (formerly Orkidstudio), a lecturer at the University of Nairobi and an Aspen 2020 New Voices fellow. In all capacities she practices, teaches, and researches on architectural design innovation to bring sustainable economic, social, and environmental development to Kenya and beyond. Most recently she was the lead researcher for East Africa section of the 2020 exhibition with Rem Koolhaas, OMA, Harvard GSD at the Guggenheim museum in New York. The exhibition also featured the publication of a book; Countryside the future, where she co-authored a chapter on the shifting countryside forms in East Africa. She has designed at Musau Kimeu Architects; an expert in environmental design, Morphosis architects; and is now a key member of the design team at BuildX studio, an architectural firm focused on design innovation for social impact and sustainable development. Etta is an alumna of the University of Nairobi. In her free time she is a professional violinist and enjoys playing music and spending time with friends and family.


A Wake-Up Call for Healthier Design

Good design principles and simple measures to prevent the spread COVID-19 inspired by African traditional health centers