Designer and Technical Consultant
2008 - Present (13 years)
Worked with foreign and domestic clients to create solutions utilizing locally available materials, technicians and processes. Projects included designing, interiors, furniture, technical equipment for hospitals, and building and project managing low cost housing using rammed earth and CEB.
Clients include: Partners in Health/IMB, MASS Architects, Nike Foundation/Girl Hub, Stanford/Project Healthy Children, Creative Communications, Zaabu, RVE, WAKA, The Office, Great Lakes Energy, and Heineken/Bralirwa
Senior Design Manager
2009 - 2011 (2 years)
Built an in-house design team through the selection and mentoring of three Rwandan engineers in design thinking and practice. Led the team to design the award winning Manumetal furniture trade-fair stand for the Rwanda Business Expo 2009. Designed custom interiors, furniture items and other special-projects including a secure cash handling system for a national bank, and a boat-boarding system for a head of state.
2008 - 2011 (3 years)
Designed, prototyped and documented a tool-kit for an improved low-cost coffee processing wet-mill system for the Technoserve Coffee Initiative. As a core component of the $45M Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded project, I designed the tool-kit to be scaled and customized to suit specific locations by non-technical users. Farmers received between 2 to 5 times the return on their coffee fruit in the first year due to the resulting improvement in bean quality and profit sharing structure. The tool-kit has now been successfully rolled out across East Africa in 123 locations, benefiting 95,483 people.
Kigali Institute of Science and Technology
2010 - 2010
Developed curricula for the Industrial Design and Design Thinking courses for the newly created Bachelor of Science in Creative Design. This is Rwanda's first and only design degree. Taught the two courses for the inaugural class of 25 students, where I focused on nurturing the students to develop a rich design process that considers the user, manufacturing constraints, environment impacts and economic implications.
HUB Street Equipment
2005 - 2008 (3 years)
Designed, developed, and detailed street furniture, public art, and lighting systems. Major projects include products for the new Qatar Airport, Orchard Rd Singapore, Burj Khalifa, Auckland City, and Sydney City. Created detailed production drawings and 3D models in Solidworks. Managed complex international supply chains, to deliver finished product on time and on budget. Produced marketing and presentation materials that contributed to winning more than five million dollars of contracts and four international design awards.
2001 - 2003 (2 years)
Designed soft goods on a twice yearly fashion cycle. Worked with a team to design ranges of backpacks, cases, sports bags and handbags for international brands. Researched fashion trends to keep our clients ahead of the style curve. Worked with international manufactures (inc HK and China) for timely and cost effective prototyping and production, all while maintaining the quality levels demanded by our clients.