1to1 has grown from a small student based group in 2010, into an adaptive, collaborative and resilient social enterprise that will continue to work towards its social impact goals through our guiding principles.

how did 1to1 start?

1to1 began in 2010 when a group of students from a South African university were given an opportunity to work with the residents and leadership of Slovo Park, the Slovo Park Development Forum, as part of their masters in architecture programme.

During the initial project of co-designing and co-building a small tactical intervention in Slovo Park, the Slovo Hall, the group were exposed to another way of working and city-making, as people first then as practitioners – they sought to grow this additional mode of practice into something that could support similar projects while creating a platform for engagement with other stakeholders and students. This initial student collective went on to develop the 1to1 Student Group into the 1to1 Student League and eventually 1to1 – Agency of Engagement by registering the organisation in 2012 as legal Non-Profit (NPC) entity.

how has 1to1 adapted?

Since 2010, 1to1 has grown, reflected and adapted through a shift in our operating model from a sole civic/academic entity into a more hybrid social enterprise. Supported by the Ashoka Social Entrepreneurship Network and our tactical collaborators (Architecture Sans-Frontieres-UK & the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture) the organisation has changed and pivoted as the original founders and collaborators have grown to understand and learn how to tactically and systemically address Spatial Inequality in South Africa in a more resilient and sustainable manner.

In 2019, 1to1 has gained support from Misereor and has begun re-establishing a more focused and grounded approach to operating and achieving its social impact goals.

what is 1to1 working towards?

1to1 has grown from a small student based group in 2010, into an adaptive, collaborative and resilient social-enterprise that will continue to work towards its social impact goals of supporting the positive change in how South African cities are seen, made and managed through our guiding founding principles of criticality, constructivity & empathy.

We hope to one day live in a South Africa where our cities are, and continue to be, spatially equitable, while all who live have equal spatial opportunities.


We are currently undergoing a critically transformative re-structuring of our leadership, operational and logistical structures and protocals.

1to1 Founders, Directors, Advisors, Interns, Volunteers & Socio-Technical Collaborators since 2010

1to1’s ever growing list of friends, collaborators, students, supporters & volunteers

Mohau Melani, Naledi Ntoane, Frank Mapara, Jacqui Cuyler, Linda Magabutlane, Minka Hattingh, Claudia Fillipe, Jhono Bennett, Isabel Van Wyk, Byron Snow, Neil Klug, Marie Huchzermeyer, Carla Taljaard, Yolandi Viljoen, Omar Horzook, Tuliza Sindi, Abbey Walsh, Kiana Martins, Tialise Taljaard, Clare Hughes, Ingmar Buchner, Alexander Melck, Sandeep Nicha, Joana Valgode Ferro, Tinashe Dube, Afua Wilcox,, Frank, Bucs, Petrus Shyam Patel, 2013(Hendricks, Bahn & Chothria), 2014 (Bennett & Makhubu) & 2015 (Bennett & Makhubu) University of Johhanesburg: Department of Architecture 2nd Year Design Studio, Megan Louise Wilson, Jamela Mkansi, Heidi Lu, Jade Botes, Isabella da Rocha, Tebogo Kgatla, Siphiwe Siphiwe, Tebogo Mokgwetsane, Natasha Celestine Ramos, Mohau Moidi,Kerry Trebble, Kagiso Teke, Lerato Botlhoko, Aweni Nenongwe, Mikhael Thulani Maluleke, Gareth How, Cheslin Erasmus, Crystal Angela Francis, Dewald Skiepy Le Roux, Dashan Munsamy, Roland Britz, Rosalie Ferreira, Armand Barnard, Ricardo De Sousa, Corrie Smit, Anneke Wallendorf, Aisha Balde, Shawn Constant, Simone Pretorius, Lual Aluel Kuol Makuach, Ruben Smit, Rudelle Bezuidenhout, Kyle Blake, Tebogo Ntsoane, Kholokazi KhLz Ngoma, Vikash Mithal, Muyi B. Adegun, Dipna Morar, Kabelo Kay’b Matlou, Wandile Mkhwanazi, Barry Crouch, Travis Lee, Binaica Morar, Kagiso Bokaba, Alex Becker, Muhammed Dawjee, Nick Randall, Taryn Leefrink, Adam O, Micheal Duvel, Beatrice De Carli, Alexander Frediani, Daniel Van Der Merwe, Denver Hendricks, Yusuf Chothria, Dr. Carin Combrinck, Dirk Bahnam, Dr. Barbara & Emma Holtman, Rosie & Muareen, Sandra Van Rensburg, Merhawi, Jack Makau, Liliana Transplanter, Wayward Sun, Thiresh Govender, Sumayya Valley, Sarah De Villiers, Amina Kasker, Urban Works, Eric Wright, Claudi Morgado, Thomas Chapman, Steve Topham ,Monty Narsoo, Diana Mitlin, Sameera Khurana , Steve Hoffe, Nora Tager, Mai Mai Leadership, Ajit Mistry, Binayka Rama, Mdu, Richard Meade, Charne Vermeulan, Steph Ryder, Mohmammed Dawjee, Auret Street Recyclers, Mfundo Magaongo and SImon Ngubeni Natalia Tofas, Local Studio, Adheema Davis, Kenedy Chikaram, Sophie Morley, Katherine Wong & Liz Brown, Philipp Horn, Olwethu Jack, Claire Du Trevou , Shawn Cuff, Aditya Kumar, Helen MacGregor Rourke, Zinzi Gatyeni, Naemeeah Sadien, Ryan Fester and Sizwe Mxob,Thabisa, Xolile, Andrew,Frances,Gibbs,Sasa, Nombaso, Tatera, Xolelwa KFM – Adiel Baseer, Fairouz Luddy Adiel Bassier Abdul Bashied Ohlsson, Hudson Mcombe & Tammy Paulse Bonolo Masongo, Shani, Elao Martin, Ndeshi Pande, Mohau Moidi, Ora Mothoage, Liz Ogbu , Binayka Rama, Ajit Mistry , Joel Boelnik, Father Jorge Anzorenza, Vrededorp Leadership (Debbie), the DSD Desis Lab, Vaughn Sadie, Jason Hobbs, Angus Campbell, Terrence Fenn, GSA, UJ, Amira Osman, Rea Thipe ,Taylor Holloway, U4E, Miliswa Ndziba, Euradice Paiva, Bonolo, Yusuf, Kennedy, Roanne Moodley, Thabisa Nkoane, Naeemah Sadien, Jeremy Jones, Jahmiel du Toit and Motebang Masitha , Roanne Moodley Orli Setton, Olwethu Jack, Simnikiwe Xanga and Melilizwe Gqoba, Dumisani Mathebula, Build a Future, Xiao Wang, Wits DIZ, Maide, Counterspace, Impact HUB, Blanca Calvo, Amy Leibradnt, John Saaiman, SPCDF, Sanjay Alex Becker, Motebang Matsela, Jeevan, University of Pretoria: Architecture Department, Housing & Urban Environments Module 2010 (Combrinck), Jabulani Makhubu, Slovo Park Youth Forum, GIFA, Suzette Van Der Walt , Tebogo Ramatlo, Warwick Vilantis, Chloe Loader, Helga Fernandez, Mdu Vilakazee, Christine Botha…

1to1’s Network of Supporters, Partners, Collaborators & Clients

Want to volunteer?

1to1 has a long tradition of supporting those who would like to enter or get involved in this field of work as interns, volunteers or project specific work contracts.

Want to work with us?

1to1 is always open to work with new collaborators and partners across academic, civil, private or governmental sectors.

Grass-roots entities are welcome to contact us to discuss support.