He is an architect and educator and completed his Masters in Technology (Professional) degree at the University of Johannesburg’s Graduate School of Architecture (GSA) with a mini-dissertation titled Illicit surfaces: from utopia to centrism. The thesis work was an attempt at offering alternative readings of urban decay through repositioning sites of sex work as territories of emancipatory potential. He has been involved in teaching within the built environments’ disciplines since 2008 with an ongoing focus on the everyday violence of the built environments and strategies to reverse it.
Mxolisi also runs a transdisciplinary architecture practice, Blackboard Design Lab, that pivots between research and practice operating within the African continent. In his capacity as an architect, he has served as an examining critic in universities across South Africa and sits in Gauteng Institute of Architecture’s Transformation Committee. His pedagogical interests include fugitive studies, archival ethics, post-colonial studies and freedom practices.