OUR TEAM

Our team consists of a cheerful blend of designers, architects and entrepreneurs with a deep interest in humanitarian work and social change. Each project involves different challenges, growing and evolving the project teams based on expertise and capacity. Volunteers and interns are a strong component of our community, which we couldn't do without. If you're interested in joining our team as an intern or volunteer, please get in touch.

DesignAID is a neutral organization, and has no political nor religious affiliations. Our team is as international as our projects. We design for everyone, anywhere around the world to benefit underserved communities - usually places where the word design doesn't come to mind.


Philippe Schlesser, Director and Designer

Philippe's experience as an industrial designer and worldly traveler took him to far corners around the world. He speaks seven languages fluently and has worked and travelled extensively in over ninety countries. He sees human centered design as a powerful tool to abate issues arising from underserved communities around the world, in both wealthy and low-resource countries. 

Philippe is a dynamic networker, promoter, educator, and event organizer in the design industry.


  Chris Ryan, Cofounder and Designer

Chris Ryan, Cofounder and Designer

Chris brings acquired business and design experience from operating a design consultancy in Vancouver, Canada. He studied industrial design at Emily Carr University (ECUAD), and worked on design projects for rural, equatorial communities.

Chris is an active contributor to all aspects of DesignAid, and is driven to facilitate positive change in the world we inhabit.


  Joao-Paulo Carvalho, Cofounder and Architect

Joao-Paulo Carvalho, Cofounder and Architect

Joao-Paulo grew up in Portugal and Luxembourg, and studied architecture in Belgium. After working for several years for various firms, he launched his own architectural agency carvalho architects.

Joao-Paulo is leading the architectural components on humanitarian housing and social habitat projects and is a strong networker in the architecture industry. 


  Alex Suvajac, Designer and Architect

Alex Suvajac, Designer and Architect

Alex believes that design is as much about making life a pleasurable and inspiring journey as it is about making sure we as a network of beings can live harmoniously.

Evolving culture, finding your craft, utilizing renewable resources, open source communication, living in rhythm with nature and creating nourishing abundant whole foods are all entry points Alex acts on and shares in joining the harmonious rhythm.


  François Doneux, Architect

François Doneux, Architect

François is a Belgian born architect, and is deeply involved in thought processes and critical thinking.

His passion for contributing architectural knowledge and design thinking to humanitarian capacity led him to travelling remote places around the world.

 


  Satyan Gohil, Designer

Satyan Gohil, Designer

Satyan is an Industrial Designer who was involved in a project dealing with disaster relief early in his design studies. It was this design issue that changed his whole perspective on design as a discipline. Design that enables people has ever since been a focus and mission.

Inspired by craft, design and a constant curiosity about technology and its accessibility, Satyan is interested in finding solutions that provide tools to help communities empower themselves. 


  Sandra Resende, Administration

Sandra Resende, Administration

Sandra has a background in culture and arts. Her degree in Philosophy and her passion for the performative and contemporary arts made her experience different ways, as educator, performer and producer.  

Back in 2005, she started a new professional life in the business industry.


  Krystyna Dul, Photographer

Krystyna Dul, Photographer

Krystyna Dul is a Polish photographer based in Luxembourg, focused on lifestyle and documentary photography. In 2011 in cooperation with Keven Erickson she has created photography brand Lala La Photo specialized in children photography. After graduating from political science and journalism in Poland, since 2013 she has been studying ‘Creative Photography’ at the Silesian University in Czech Republic. Currently she is co-operating with Maison Moderne and Edition Guy Binsfeld – magazines and books publishers in Luxembourg and LensModern, a photography print gallery based in London, UK.


  Keven Erickson, Photographer

Keven Erickson, Photographer

Keven Erickson is a Luxembourgish photographer specialised in documentary and portrait photography. He graduated in photography from Solent University, UK. Together with Polish photographer Krystyna Dul they created LaLa La Photo in Luxembourg specialized in children photography. Currently he is co-operating with Maison Moderne, a magazine publisher in Luxembourg and his work is represented by LensModern. Some projects include a photo series about a travelling Chinese opera troupe, an orphanage in Laos and a series of portraits depicting internally displaced children from Abkhazia in Georgia.


INTERNS & VOLUNTEERS

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Sandra Petersson

Interior Designer // former Intern


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Karl Reinholtz

Industrial Designer // former Intern


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Stina Persson

Design student // former Volunteer