Energetic, creative, and organized human currently working at award-winning architecture and design firm MASS Design Group in Kigali, Rwanda. In addition to doing business development, I also support MASS and other design firms in organizational development, particularly with public speaking and internal communications. If you are interested in these services, please reach out to me through the Contact page.
In 2020, I will be relocating to Zürich, Switzerland and am currently seeking professional opportunities there in the arts.
MASS Design Group • Kigali, Rwanda
Business 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 both online and in-person at conferences and events; managing proposal production; and creating systems to draft and share new marketing materials across offices. Additionally, worked with clients in the arts and educaction in early project planning stages to develop project strategy and identify potential impact frameworks.
College of Science and Technology at the University of Rwanda • Kigali, Rwanda
Seminar Leader, School of Architecture • Present
Developing term-long curriculum and training existing university staff on` elective course “Communication for Architects” to help the personal and professional development of design professionals in communicating their ideas, process, and skills to a range of audiences in academic and professional environments. Includes leading a 2-week seminar taking place in October 2019.
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; Communications officer; Development and e-learning consultant • September 2014 – 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.
Initially started at the Global Fund scripting, designing, and updating 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.
Western Exhibitions Gallery • Chicago, IL, USA
Intern • May -August 2009
Supported contemporary gallery with artist relationship management, exhibition preparation, and day-to-day operations. Gallery specialized in Chicago-based illustrators and LGBT artists.
Columbia University Print Shop • New York, NY USA
Volunteer • January - May 2009
Supported day-to-day operations including maintenance and cleanliness of print shop space and assisting artists with projects.
Columbia University Photography Darkroom • New York, NY USA
Volunteer • January - May 2009
Set up and maintained darkroom facilities for students to develop photos, ensuring that protocol was followed by all darkroom users.
The Art Institute of Chicago • Chicago, IL, USA
Intern, Contemporary Department • May -August 2008
Supported the contemporary department of ARTIC with filing and research needs, as well as provenance research.
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 and a concentration in fine arts. Under the stewardship of department chair Karen Fairbanks, she completed a thesis examining mobile food vendors and urban systems in New York City.