Jhono Bennett obtained a Master’s degree in Architecture with design distinction from the University of Pretoria, South Africa (2011).
He completed his undergraduate education in Architecture at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal with a supplemented semester abroad at the Carlton University, Ottawa, Canada.
During his two year practical training in Cape Town, he worked in addition to his primary office work with Architecture for Humanity on the Football for Hope Initiative, collaborating on the design for the Special Olympics Training centre in Katatura, Windhoek, Namibia.
Slovo Park, a student and community research, design and in-funded construction project (2010), provided a critical stance in regard to the role of Architecture in the fluid and dynamic developing areas of South Africa. This was taken further in his Masters dissertation that focused on design as a response to vulnerable networks through qualitative fieldwork in Mamelodi, Pretoria.
From this critical point Jhono, with various partners, have formed a Non-Profit entity that provides a design based collaborative service between grass roots organisations, professionals, academia and government: 1to1 – Agency of Engagement. Soon after, he began working jointly as technical support to C.O.R.C, an NGO working under the Shack Dwellers International South African Alliance while working part time at various academic institutions in South Africa.
Jhono currently works at the University of Johannesburg as a part time lecturer and Independent Researcher while managing the operations of 1to1 – Agency of Engagement.