Israel is an architect who obtained his masters degree at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). He is passionate about the future of cities in emerging African countries as well as the development of new ways of thinking and seeing things.
His research interests cuts across architecture and urbanism in Africa, especially as it pertains to issues around migration, city form, inclusivity of minority groups and the use of architecture as a tool in conflict resolution in the urbanisation of emerging African cities.
His project, The Exchange Consulate, won in the Emerging Voices Category at the inaugural African Architecture Awards last year.
The project investigates how migrants navigate the economic enclaves in an emerging African city, that is; the architecture that is created within these hidden spaces, and the economic and cultural actors that have constructed their own complex forms of networked transactions to meet their urban needs.
His ultimate goal is to become an independent researcher in African Urbanism, with particular interest of how developing cities can acknowledge and harness the potential within migrants and use it in the growth of a formidable economy.
Israel is currently studying towards an Mphil. in Southern Urbanism at the University of Cape Town.