The built environment entails great potentials for improving livelihoods and enhancing sustainable development. We seek to unlock these potentials through provision of architecture and spatial planning expertise within the context of Sub-Saharan Africa.

The likelihood of continued high population growth, high rural to urban migration, and limited state capacity to administer the consequent urban growth will likely result in continued proliferation of informal urban development across Sub-Saharan Africa. This entails a multitude of challenges as well as an enormous potential for improving the livelihood of millions of urban dwellers. It is our vision to contribute to sustainable development in this field through innovative solutions within spatial planning and architecture.


We provide consultancy services within the fields of architecture and spatial planning in the context of Sub-Saharan Africa for organizations working in the development sector. Our expertise with construction and spatial planning spans from the scale of master planning to object design and covers all phases of project development and implementation. Furthermore, we provide services within research, dissemination, capacity building, and education related to our fields of expertise. Our clients and project partners include CARE, WSUP, Reall, I4ID, and WfW.


We provide architecture consultancy services covering the entire construction process: From the initial sketch to building inspection. Our award-winning architecture projects have been published and exhibited on notable platforms such as The Venice Biennale of Architecture, Louisiana – Museum of Modern Art, and Archdaily.

Spatial Planning

We provide spatial planning consultancy services covering the entire planning process: From cadastral survey to project implementation. Our portfolio includes projects on structural readjustment, land titling, and spatial planning of refugee settlements. Our spatial planning projects have been exhibited on notable platforms such as Institute for (X) and the Royal Danish Academy.

Research & Dissemination

We provide services in research and dissemination such as project evaluation, development of exhibition material, and lectures on a wide range of topics related to urban development in Africa. Our award-winning dissemination projects have been exhibited, published, and screened on notable platforms, such as Centro Cultural Franco-Mo├žambicano, Utzon Center, and Cinemateket.


Mottelson Consultancy is an award-winning architecture and spatial planning firm founded by architect and researcher Johan Mottelson. We aspire to be leading experts within the fields of architecture and spatial planning in the context of Sub-Saharan Africa. We value context-specific high-quality sustainable solutions developed through collaborative processes with our local partners. Mottelson Consultancy is based in Copenhagen and is registered in the Danish business register.

Johan Mottelson
T. +4530131001
A. Frejasgade 10, 3. th, 2200 KBH N, Denmark
CVR-nr: 41192836