Byron is a passionate Project Manager and believes that all projects can be delivered to a realistic time and budget through careful planning and good project governance.
Byron holds a Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Project Management (Construction), a Bachelors Degree in Construction Management and a Diploma in Building (Quantity Surveying & Construction Management).
He has public and private sector experience and has worked in South Africa and the United Kingdom. His areas of expertise relate to infrastructure project management, quantity surveying and fund administration.
Ben has worked in South Africa, Europe and Asia. His areas of expertise relate to urban design, landscape architecture and environmental management.
Ben holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture and a BSc (Hons).
Ben is one of the founders of the Resilient Civic Design Collective (RCDC). Ben developed the concept for and is implementing Lukhanyo Hub, a new ‘catalytic’ model for delivering high quality education, training, and recreation programs delivered through innovative buildings, energy systems, and outdoor spaces in economically underprivileged areas.
Dr. Lindsay Blair Howe is a Lecturer and Research Associate at the ETH Zurich. She conducts urban research in a comparative context, emphasizing the interstice between spatial practices and policies.
We select and coordinate project teams from this pool to deliver bespoke and lean development solutions for our clients.
This allows us to ensure a comprehensive, unified development process that meets the highest professional design standards.
Before we met, each of the now-members of our collective had found that when urban development went wrong, it tended to fall into the same pitfalls:
Hyper specialised interventions that were not integrated cross-sectorally.
These pitfalls held up the completion of projects while reducing their value, but more crucially prevented them from being able to contribute to fixing systemic urban problems.
In response to these problems, over the years, each of us evolved tools, tactics and methods to address these problems.
These revolved around learning from lean methods, using systems thinking, working across silos and including community decision making and participatory design at the heart of what we do.
We found that these approaches delivered superior long-term outcomes for our clients and delivered spaces that could positively influence urban environments.
Having evolved similar outlooks, over the years we naturally found each other from across the world. As we shared our ideas, we discovered that they added up to a complete alternative model for development.
So, RCDC was born: By pooling our resources, we offer an integrated suite of services, aligned by our co-evolved method of planning, designing and delivering urban transformation.