H. Killion Mokwete teaches design studios across undergraduate and graduate thesis research. His teaching leverages community-based learning approaches through engaging with local communities both in Boston and internationally where his professional practice and research lies. His studios have travelled and engaged with community partners in Haiti, and locally his students continue to partner with neighboring community groups in Roxbury, Dorchester, East Boston and Lynn. He has previously taught place-based studios at Mass Art and community practice studios at the Boston Architectural College (BAC).
Killion’s academic research is focused on the preservation of building heritage in urban settlements in Sub-Saharan Africa through leveraging digital 3D terrestrial LiDAR scanning technology and community social participation to create digital databases that act as preservation and education platforms. This interdisciplinary research is currently being piloted in collaboration with research partners at Northeastern University and local researchers in Benin in the city of Porto-Novo.
Prior to Northeastern, Killion studied at the Architectural Association (AA) of London and practiced there with various firms before re-locating to his native home country of Botswana. Killion’s international practice experience spans work across different continents, having worked on projects in the UK, Greece & Russia while practicing in London. While in Botswana, he worked on urban design projects in both Botswana and Ghana. In the US, he has practiced with Shepley Bulfinch on projects in Rwanda, and while at Build Health International (BHI) he worked on projects with community partners in Haiti before co-founding the not-for-profit design practice Adaptiv, and recently has co-founded the benefit corporation startup firm Social Impact Collective Inc.