We wouldn’t have our lodges without the dedicated and hardworking design and construction staff that have put hours upon hours into building and maintaining them. With overwhelming sensitivity to the local culture and building style they have created a unique collection over the years and have ensured that these lodges are at the forefront of eco-luxury in East Africa.
Ross was born in Tasmania, Australia and moved to practice architecture in London a few years ago. In early 2010 his practice, Regional Associates were appointed Consultant architects for designing and building Volcanoes Safaris Kyambura Gorge Lodge near Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda. Regional Associates, in partnership with the Volcanoes design and construction team, successfully completed the building of the lodge in early 2012, which was included in the Condé Nast Traveler’s Hot List for the Best New Hotels of the year.
Working in partnership with the Volcanoes team he gave Kyambura Gorge lodge a contemporary modern twist. Drawing inspiration from ‘every day’ Africa, it celebrates the abundance, vibrancy and resourcefulness of found or discarded objects in a way not originally intended. This ‘up-cycling’ is a hallmark of the design of the lodge and it received recognition from different bodies – a testament to Ross’ inspirational vision.
Ross was one of the victims of the attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi in late 2013. Praveen Moman’s testimonial is on our website as well.