Dake Wells Architecture

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Rwanda Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am constantly inspired by..

Angela Uruhimbi Shyaka


Born in Poland, and growing up in Rwanda, my experience living in three continents, and cities of various environments shaped my interest in contextually-sensitive spaces that promote dignity and wellbeing. I am passionate about leveraging architecture as a catalyst for change. In May 2019, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Drury University, with a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

When I was around 12, I used to draw floor plans of my ‘ideal home’ for fun, but the conscious choice crystalized later when I realized architecture’s multi- disciplinary nature, allowing me to combine 3 of my passions: art, mathematics and psychology.

What do you do?

I am a design associate at Dake Wells architecture, in Springfield Missouri. I also serve in the local AIA’s Diversity and Recruitment committee.

What excites you in the work you do?

Learning something new everyday - architecture is an ever-changing, multifaceted field! Also, being able to use all of my interests when designing - neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, philosophy


Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am constantly inspired by

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Being able to contribute to a better built environ- ment.


Featured Project Name: 

Ku Isoko - Musanze Cultural Exchange


Featured Project Location: 

Musanze, Rwanda, Africa

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2019/ Master Thesis

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Featured Project Description:

The unfortunate divisive history of the 20th century disrupted the organic continuum of the Rwandan oral transition, essential to the local culture for centuries. This thesis proposes a socio-economically inclusive and accessible space for the preservation, reinvigoration and conservation of cultural heritage. The market typology is rethought, infused with preservationist and practice programs. Site selection to layout were inspired by Rwandan history and vernacular spatial understanding.


Photography Credit:

Angela U. Shyaka

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