Eric Engdahl

Eric Engdahl

New York, NY, US



Versatile architect with global design + business experience

Having successfully sold the furniture company I built in Kenya, I am now looking to move back into architecture to a role that uses my design and entrepreneurial skills and deep experience doing business in East Africa.

In 2013 I founded Unity Makers in Nairobi with a vision to bring together good design and local craft to make quality contemporary furniture. With sustainable materials and innovative pieces my staff and I quickly built a coveted brand and a profitable business. 

With my goals in that market achieved, I am in the process of relocating to New York City and looking forward to my next step.



Unity Makers, Nairobi, Kenya, Founder + Designer

Identified a niche in the market for contemporary furniture in Kenya and filled it with a union of good design and local craft. Quickly achieved product/market fit with innovative pieces and sustainable materials, resulting in rapid growth. Established a workshop in Nairobi and hired and managed a local staff of 15 employees. Built a coveted brand and a profitable business, successfully sold less than 3 years after founding.

Jun 2013 - Apr 2016

EquaLife Group, Nairobi, Kenya, Architectural Designer

Developed architectural and interior design proposals for retail businesses in Kenya. Researched and interviewed local contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. Created visual identity and website for the company.

Apr 2013 - Jun 2013

Architecture Open Form / L. McComber, Montreal, QC, CA, Architectural Designer

Designed numerous residential projects including renovations, additions, and new construction working directly with the principals of Open Form and L. McComber. Produced 2D drawings and 3D and BIM models for all project phases, from conception through execution.

Closely involved in the design of two museum exhibitions for the firm: Protéiforme : architecture paramétrique at la Maison de l'architecture du Québec, and ABC : MTL at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

Oct 2012 - Mar 2013

dxb[LAB], Dubai, UAE, Intern Architect

Design and visualization for numerous built projects in Dubai, including villas, townhouses, staff housing, and a residential tower at conceptual, schematic, and design development levels. Held workshops for the office on 3D modeling and visualization.

May 2011 - Aug 2011

labDORA, New York, NY, US, Intern Designer

Directed an algorthmic design project, managing three interns, in summer 2010. Contributed vital design work on entries to eVolo’s 2010 Skyscraper Competition and Arquitectum’s Tokyo 2010 Fashion Museum Competition. Continued this research as a Graduate Assistant for Peter Macapia's studio at Pratt Institute, guiding students in using scripting to design a video art pavilion.

Oct 2009 - May 2011


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

Designed studio projects both abstract and concrete, from scripting combinatorial systems to producing construction documents for a visitor center.

Aug 2009 - current

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, US, Bachelors, Economics + International Studies

Magna Cum Laude
Phi Beta Kappa

Sep 2003 - Jun 2007

East China Normal University, Shanghai, CN, CIEE Study Abroad

Studied Mandarin Chinese, business, economics, history & culture of China

Sep 2005 - May 2006

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