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We need to consider how to get the most out of our limited materials and this can only come as a result of a stakeholder consultation.

Zani Gichuki

Designer
Kigali, Rwanda

Zani grew up in Kenya and attended the University of Nairobi where she received her Bachelor in Civil and Construction Engineering in 2014. She originally started at MASS as a member of the 2016 inaugural cohort of fellows at the African Design Centre, a unique training program for recent graduates of architecture and engineering programs. She transitioned to our team full-time in September of 2018 to support our growing engineering team.

Prior to joining MASS, she was a graduate civil engineer for two years, mostly in the transportation sector. She’s carried out traffic studies and has completed preliminary designs and calculated quantities for urban roads. She’s also been involved in some contract management work and proposal preparation. 

Zani is interested in expanding her experience in design and learning more about how to incorporate appropriate technology and local fabrication methods into it. She believes architecture and design can make life easier for people; they can create spaces for people to come together and exchange ideas. They can allow people to focus on their own development when the stress of not having a roof over their heads is eliminated, or when processes that would ordinarily consume a lot of time are simplified.