Founder + ARB Architect
Realises the importance of a mindfulness approach to sustainable development, using nature as our teacher, and valuing a collective and collaborative decision making process for a grounded and successful project.
Delivering projects in challenging environments: post Ebola Sierra Leone, post genocide Rwanda and Cambodia and post earthquake Nepal. Working closing with international and grassroots organisations to deliver appropriate and considered results.
Founded SAWA 2014 with Enock Ruziga, Rwanda, A house for a victim.
Receiving the RIBA North West London Society Award at the CASS Design School for best live and community engaged project, ‘a house for a victim’.
Received the RIBAJ Rising Star 2016 Cohort Award for We Yone School.
Received the UK Green Building Council Rising Star 2017 Shortlist Award for We Yone School.
Qualified ARB Architect.
David ColeDirector of Atelier COLE and Building Trust International David works to deliver innovative design solutions to community and client groups, since founding BTi under the guiding principle that design can be a tool for positive social change. He has helped the organisation offer design support to a range of areas related to housing, schools, health facilities and conservation. At AC he delivers bespoke, sustainable architectural solutions for private and public clients.
Tim GledstonePartner + Architect A longstanding collaborator of SAWA’s humanitarian architecture in Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Cambodia, using his passion for crafted architecture rooted in its location to create an accelerated vernacular. He designed the prototype for a series of Solar Leaning Labs for Computer Aid in South America and Africa, designed from repurposed shipping containers, and creates an annual art piece for Article 25’s 10x10 charity auction.
Paul EdgintonAppropriate Technology Specialist A qualified electronics frequency communications engineer, with skills in mechanics, plumbing, electrics, solar, sanitation. He focus's on appropriate technology and permaculture. He has designed and built, regenerative refugee camps, new settlements, regenerating desertificated landscapes, and ecological festivals.
Matthew DuckettStructural Engineer He has completed a number of humanitarian projects throughout Africa and Asia, designed and built compressed earth block and rammed earth structure in Zambia. He lead a team of BuroHappold engineers in the response to Cyclone Dineo, Mozambique, 2017.
Kyle SmithPermaculture Plant Specialist Kyle focuses on conserving indigenous plant species, rehabilitating degraded ecosystems and designing and establishing education gardens. He is passionate about conserving soil ecosystems, plant propagation and small-scale ecological agriculture.
Enock RuzigaCo founder, Rwandan Architect Enock is passionate about natural building, running workshops on earth, lime and plant matter in construction. He is an interior designer for AUCA (Adventist University of Central Africa). He has designed and built houses, schools, roads for charities, religious organizations, individuals.