Bjarke Ingels was born in 1974 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the founder and creative partner of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). He is known for buildings that defy traditional architectural conventions and dimensions, ranging from representations of mountains to snowflakes. His designs incorporate sustainable development ideas and sociological concepts. In October 2011, the Wall Street Journal named him the "Innovator of the Year" for architecture.
Managing rapid urbanization has become one of the most important development challenges for Africa. The continent faces huge problems in meeting the needs of its growing urban populations, including housing and infrastructure. Christian Benimana, an architect from Rwanda, takes up the challenge.