Energetic, creative, and organized human currently working at award-winning architecture and design firm MASS Design Group in Kigali, Rwanda.

MASS Design Group • Kigali, Rwanda

Development Associate • July 2018 – present

Established business development team for the Kigali office of international, social justice driven architecture and design firm. Includes sourcing and cultivating new leads and strategic partnerships across offices in Rwanda, South Africa, and the UK; managing proposal production; creating systems to draft and share new marketing materials across offices; and working with clients in early project planning stages to identify potential impact frameworks.


past lives

Advance Access & Delivery • Durham, NC, USA; Chennai, India; Durban, South Africa; and remote work from Stockholm, Sweden

Technical consultant for the Zero TB Cities Project • February 2017 – April 2018

Leading remote and field trainings and sharing best practices on airborne infection and TB transmission control for Zero TB Cities projects, including Karachi, Pakistan; Chennai, India; Durban, South Africa; and Lima, Peru. Additionally, drafting and coordinating the development of materials on funding appeals to international donors.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria • Geneva, Switzerland

Communications focal point • April 2016 – January 2017

Drafted and coordinated reports from internal and external decision-making bodies to their respective stakeholders within and outside of the organization. Led a complex, cross-divisional effort to communicate HIV, TB, and Malaria funding allocations and financing terms to over 100 eligible countries for new funding cycle of US$11.1B.

Communications officer • February 2015 – March 2016

Supported the drafting and coordination of communications such as meeting notes, outcomes, and reports from Global Fund technical review and governance bodies to a range of stakeholders, including Board members, oversight organizations, and applicants.

Development and learning consultant • September 2014 – February 2015

Scripted, designed, and updated 21 engaging, multi-media e-learning courses for civil society, government, community organizations, and other applicant stakeholders on complex application processes through extensive collaboration with Global Fund teams, reaching over 5,000 views per year. Included collecting and analyzing viewing data.

Self-employed • Geneva, Switzerland; Barcelona, Spain

Online marketing consultant • August 2013 – September 2014

Worked on website enhancement, blogging, and social media campaigns for start-ups such as Aspasios Apartments and Picnic Urbano in Barcelona and Hoteliers Now in Geneva.

Various food and hospitality ventures • Barcelona, Spain and New York City, NY, USA

From May 2011 – July 2013, explored hospitality career options, including work as a cook, barista, cheese monger, and celebrity chef personal assistant in New York, and hotel management training in Barcelona.


Education and training

KTH Royal Institute of Technology • Stockholm, Sweden

Master of Science in Urbanism Studies • August 2017 – August 2018

Recipient of Ax:Son Johnson Thesis Research Award to study the inclusion and exclusion of Somali communities as seen through the publicness of space in Nairobi, Kenya and Stockholm, Sweden. Lecture and studio coursework in broad range of design-related urban issues with study trips to Denmark, Finland, Italy, Germany, Norway, and other parts of Sweden.

Harvard Medical School, MASS Design, and US Center for Disease Control • Boston, MA, USA

Certification in building design and engineering approaches to airborne infection control • August 2016

Two-week workshop on interdisciplinary approaches to airborne infection control, with a focus on tuberculosis.

Barnard College at Columbia University • New York City, NY, USA

Bachelor Degree • 2007-2011

Julia proudly graduated from this women's college with a Bachelor's in architectural history and theory. Under the careful gaze of the department chair, she completed a thesis examining mobile food vendors and urban systems in New York City.