Mugure Njendu, a registered architect and urban planner, was born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya.
Her mother was a teacher and instilled in her a love for reading to the point of being called a geek. She still considers reading as one of the best ways to unwind, and is a member of a book club.
She attended the Kenya High School, and went to the US for higher education at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and a Masters of Architecture degree in Urban Planning from the University of Miami.
She started her career in Boston, Massachusetts, and then moved to Miami, Florida before returning to Kenya to earn her registration as an accredited architect in Kenya.
In 2006, Njendu joined Gitutho Architects and Planners, a Mombasa-based company started by her father 30 years ago, and in 2011 became the managing director. They have offices in Nairobi, and take on projects as far as Juba, South Sudan.
She was ranked among Top 40 Under 40 women in Kenya in 2014.