Building Positive Change with Wandile Mthiyane

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Wandile Mthiyane

Wandile Mthiyane is a returning guest to the Young Architect Podcast. In his previous episode, he discussed his upbringing in South Africa, what inspired him to become an architect, and why he dreamed of coming to America to study architecture. 

Since his previous visit, Wandile has been busy with many projects, including returning to South Africa to work on undoing the effects that apartheid architecture has had on South Africans. 

In today’s episode, Wandile talks more about his decision to return to South Africa, being awarded an Obama Foundation fellowship, and what projects he’s been working on lately. He also discusses his speech topic for the Young Architect Summer Series – the importance of self-care and taking care of your own mental health. 

What You’ll Hear on This Episode  

  •  What Wandile has been doing since the last time he was on the podcast
  • Wandile’s decision to go back to South Africa
  • How Wandile got the Obama foundation fellowship
  • What Wandile has been focused on recently
  • When the summer abroad program begins
  • Wandile’s talk about mental health at the Young Architect Summer Series 
  • The importance of self-care
  • Wandile’s upcoming projects
  • What it was like to be an African student coming to America to study architecture
  • Wandile’s advice for aspiring architects
  • What Wandile knows now that he didn’t know then
  • The book that changed everything for Wandile
  • Wandile’s best timesaving trick
  • Where listeners can find Wandile online

Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode

  1. Don’t get so used to the way things are that you forget how they should be.
  2. You have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others.
  3. Change is a process. 

Wandile Mthiyane’s Advice for Aspiring Architects

“I think if you’re an aspiring architect, the most important thing is just focus on your own personal development and learning from others and always be open to new ideas and new perspectives.”

Favorite Quotes

“I know today that in order for me to be a good architect and have an impact, I need to take care of myself.”  –Wandile Mthiyane on what he knows today that he didn’t know back then

“One book that’s changed everything for me lately was The Dreams of My Father by President Barack Obama when he was like, my age.” Wandile Mthiyane on the book that changed everything

“For me, the best timesaving trick has to do with dealing with anxiety.” –Wandile Mthiyane on his best timesaving trick.

Resources Mentioned in the Show:

Wandile Mthiyane
Wandile on Twitter
Wandile on Instagram


Michael Riscica

Michael Riscica is a Licensed Architect, and the creator of Young Architect, an online platform and community dedicated to helping the next generation of Architects become the most successful generation of Architects. 
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