the AiD team

Architecture in Development (AiD) is a completely volunteer-run organization, operated by our team members who balance working or studying next to their involvement in AiD. Find out who are our current and past AiD team members.

Hani Salih
Guest editor

Hani is a recent graduate from the Manchester School of Architecture. With a keen eye for the hidden narratives in the social and urban fabric that are often distilled in the built form, he is drawn to the built environment’s potential to facilitate and encourage social change on a micro and macro scale.

Maya Schoonwater
advisor project management
Vaishali Nanda
Social media editor

6 years of varied work experience as a designer, project manager and in business development in the field of sustainable design, community participatory design and residential architecture.

Ying-Tzu Lin
Guest editor (Chinese)

an urban planner and researcher interested in participatory method in environment education, urban design and planning. Currently pursuing her PhD in UvA, Amsterdam.

Guillemette Pralat
Social media editor

an architect interested in vernacular architecture and natural buildings, and wants to learn and contribute to human-centered, sustainable designs.

Tamara Kahn

an architect interested in the co-development of sustainable housing solutions in areas of limited resources and believes that the architects role in society is to facilitate and develop innovative and sustainable solutions alongside communities.

Chrissy Gaglione
Social media editor

with a background in architecture and an MSc in International Cooperation: Sustainable Emergency Architecture, her current interests lie in the design sector's relationship to social responsibility, sustainability and resilience.

Ankur Podder
guest writer

believes there are no conflicting subsets of architecture. Whether community-driven or computation-driven, the drive to be better by design is essential.

Sarah Essbai
guest editor

An architect and urban planner by training, with experience in affordable housing, economic development and urban sustainability.

Julie Hutchinson
guest editor

a fun loving, hard working and energetic person, currently pursuing her masters study at London Metropolitan University. She believes that communities are one of the most powerful resources in design.

Amy Hetletvedt
guest editor

is a licensed architect, preservationist, and writer. Her career has focused on adaptive re-use and community development work in under-resourced communities. She is often involved in the early planning phases of a project, providing assistance in master-planning, feasibility studies, and historical research.

Paola Velasco
guest writer

is an architect and received MSc from the Bartlett/ UCL in Building and urban design in development. Paola developed a great interest for researching: how public space is important for democracy; how architects can be political subjects.

Felicity Cain

is a passionate person motivated by design and discussion of architecture that has a sense of place. Her goal is to be involved in projects that connect people to place and environment. Currently pursusing Masters of Architecture in the University of Sydney.

Jorge Gerini
guest writer

is an urban designer at AECOM, specialised in sustainable design with a strong emphasis on building communities with low carbon and passive design. Jorge holds an MSc in Sustainable Urbanism at the Bartlett.

Alan Kadduri
guest writer

is working with NIRAS International Consulting for bilateral and multilateral donors. Alan holds a MSc in Business & Development. He is a social business enthusiast with passion for urbanism, design and architecture in mega cities and beyond.

Karin Schwambach
Lohita Turlapati
guest editor

is interested in understanding how context-driven design can define how communities live and interact with one another.

Dhruv Kohli

an architect envisions a world beyond poverty, embracing cultural similarities and differences, and developing economies through pro-ecological, sustainable methodologies.

Gina Holfstede
communication advisor

Gina has been our communication and content editor since end of 2015. She masters in communication, usability and technical writing.

Rob Breed
founding member

is our visionary guy interested in how contemporary communication techniques can contribute to a more interdisciplinary architectural practice that seeks to strengthen the relationship between building and community.

Changfang Luo
founding member

is a researcher, designer, curator and creative director interested in a more socially engaged, human centered development of media, urban issues, architecture & design disciplines.

Joost de Bont

is an architect interested in serving people and societies with the built environment that they need and deserve.

Adelle Main

has a background in landscape architecture and a masters degree in international urban and environmental management. She is interested in a collaborative, participatory processes involving local communities and cultures, the environment and economy.

Cristina Wong
Wouter Pocornie

is an architect/urbanist interested in methodology within international development that would enable the strengthening of communities in resilience, sustainability, and cultural expression.

Max Verhoeven

is an architect who likes to work with hands. Fascination for culture, languages & architecture. Passion to learn and pursue an architecture in balance with its occupants and environment.

Mrudhula Koshy

an urban planner, designer and researcher in Urbanism (EMU)/ TU Delft. Her core interests and expertise are multi-scalar and adaptive spatial strategies for complex and fast expanding metropolitan city regions especially in the global south.

Gianluca Stasi

is one of our dedicated members that believes in hands-on work, participatory processes and multi-disciplinary collaboration.

Juan Carlos Gaviria Moreno

Born in Colombia and resides in The Netherlands since 14 years ago. Believes that only though collaboration we can achieve greatness. We can produce more efficiently, effectively and sustainably when we take other peoples wishes as serious as our own.

Imke van Leuken

is an architect with a strong fascination for humanitarian architecture. She believes that successful development projects are nog about putting a building in a community, but about building the community.

Jeroen Vader
website builder

is a web guru and our programmer. He is the person that turned our ideas into a real website.

Alessandro Battiston

is our past social media manager, passionate about applied anthropology and believes that, when people build communities together, they fully express the human potential for peace and collaboration.

Hélène Thebault

believes that design as a tool should respect the environment, take advantage of constraints and use available resources according to the local needs. Hélène has been our guest writer.

Katja Majcen

is currently an Urban Policy Research Assistant at European Urban Knowledge Network. Katja has been our social media content editor.

Arub Saqib

is our past content editor who currently studies at UCL (Bartlett). Interested in self build, reuse, public realm and good architecture that increases life expectancy.

Federica Garofalo

is a very eclectic and dynamic person believing in sharing, cooperation and coordination. Freshly graduated from TU Delft. Federica has been our guest writer and ambassador.

Monica Velasco

is our past editor. An urbanist, planner and enthusiast motivated by the idea to share/shape local knowledge of developing countries.