Jo Ashbridge / Founder & Director
Jo's passion lies in humanitarian work, disaster relief response and sustainable development. Her project portfolio includes constructing one room shelters in Vietnam, authoring guidelines for transitional shelters post disaster, researching earthen architecture in low income communities across Bangladesh and most recently examining community-led approaches to sustainable rural redevelopment in China.
In 2014, Jo established AzuKo to grow the impact of participatory design. She is an alumna of Echo++ and the School for Social Entrepreneurs, and current member of the AllBright Academy. Jo regularly speaks on architecture and design for international development and advises on education as part of the RIBA Education Development Group.
Nathan Ardaiz / Design Researcher
Nathan recently settled in Tower Hamlets where he has been undertaking ethnography and insight work for elderly people in Poplar, mentoring, tutoring and program design for adolescents, as well as communication, strategy and design for the NHS. Before London, Nathan worked in San Francisco mentoring young adults whilst doing research, community engagement and stakeholder analysis for development in Presidio National Park.
As a writer and contributor to The New Asterisk Magazine, Nathan has published on topics ranging from the Brave Festival in Wroclaw, to San Francisco Design Week, to Year Here - a fellowship in social innovation in London.
Apu Roy / Project Manager
Apu leads the community engagement of our Bangladesh projects. He is a shelter consultant, specialising in low-cost housing in rural areas. Apu has been involved in a number of high profile projects across the country, including the award winning Rishipara Mandir Paathshala bamboo school.
Most recently Apu acted as project manager for the Amirabad clinic with Bangla Bari, and steered the design and construction of Dinajpur's first remote learning primary school with JAAGO Foundation. Apu brings a wealth of local knowledge and expertise to the team.
We are a community of designers, architects, social entrepreneurs and researchers dedicated to designing a better world. Everything we are and do is shaped by our three core values >>
Janani Vivekananda / Trustee
Senior Advisor, adelphi
Janani works on climate change and peacebuilding policy at think tank, adelphi. Her focus is on peace and security, vulnerability, adaptation, risk analyses and urban governance. The aim of her work is to connect ground realities with policy processes and vice versa in order to promote the linked goals of peace and sustainable development.
Shannon Bradley / Trustee
Brand and Marketing Consultant
Shannon helps organisations achieve their objectives through a combination of strategic thinking and original, results-driven solutions. Her experience includes eight years managing the biggest real estate brand in the world and most recently creating a compelling marketing campaign for London’s newest neighbourhood.
Thomas Smith / Treasurer
Strategy & Corporate Finance Consultant
Thomas is a consultant with extensive experience in strategy, M&A, and corporate finance in the UK and Asia-Pacific region. He has worked in a range of sectors including international development, financial services, aviation and agriculture. He is passionate about sustainable development, particularly in the Pacific Islands where he was born and raised.