Thomas Chapman founded Local Studio in 2011 with the intention of using design to create social and economic development for people of all classes. In just under a decade, they are one of the leading firms dealing with public space and social infrastructure in South Africa. His Thursday, 9 March 2017 lecture was packed, and this was before he’d even started teaching at the GSA!
Tom has a Master’s degree in Urban Design from Wits. Local Studio started in 2012 and now has 14 full-time staff members. Their first book, Hustles, was published in 2019!