maxwell mutanda


maxwell mutanda

creative director at Studio [D] Tale
researcher at Southern Ecosystems



pluridisciplinary researcher,  visual artist & architect

Maxwell Mutanda is a pluridisciplinary researcher and visual artist whose data visualisation and architectural practice investigates the role of globalisation, climate and technology within the built environment.

His achievements include the 2018 AFRICA’SOUT! Artist-in-Residence at Denniston Hill, New York; 2020 Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future Fellow at Eyebeam; a 2020 Graham Foundation Grant to Individuals; a 2020 Cultural and Artistic Responses to Environmental Change grant from the Prince Claus Fund; as well as fellowships from The New Museum’s IdeasCity New Orleans; and Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2020). Maxwell studied Architecture at the Bartlett, University College London and is the 2020 MSc in Sustainable Urban Development Sheehan Scholar at the University of Oxford.

His work has been featured at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen; Arc en Rêve Centre d'Architecture, Bordeaux; the 2014 and 2016 Venice Architecture Biennales; the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial; the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019; and the Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival 2020 in collaboration with York Mediale. Maxwell currently serves as an editorial contributor for The Architectural Review.


circular design

Design Fellow at CupClub
Ellen MacArthur Foundation Circular Design Pioneer

︎ design research


the Circular Economy’s place in cultural & creative work

Research into climate resilience and informality — funded by the British Council, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation — anchors the Circular Design Lab workshops, design manuals and video library, which interrogates the link between pollution, people and place.

Maxwell also currently works on design and research at CupClub — a returnable packaging service designe to hold both hot and cold drinks. CupClub offers a tailored end-to-end service helping to reduce single-use plastic packaging.