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.
EquaLife Group, Nairobi, Kenya, Architect + 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.
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.
labDORA, New York, NY, US, Design Intern
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.
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.
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, US, Bachelors, Economics + International Studies
Magna Cum Laude
Phi Beta Kappa
East China Normal University, Shanghai, CN, CIEE Study Abroad
Studied Mandarin Chinese, business, economics, history & culture of China