Jo Ashbridge

Jo Ashbridge

Founder of AzuKo

Jo is the Founder and Director of architecture charity, AzuKo. The organisation aims to improve living conditions in disadvantaged communities, using human-centred design. Jo’s passion lies in humanitarian work, disaster relief response and sustainable development. Her portfolio includes constructing one room shelters in Vietnam, authoring guidelines for T-shelters post disaster, and researching earthen architecture in low income communities across Bangladesh.

In 2015, Jo consulted for the World Bank assessing their cyclone shelter programme along the Bay of Bengal. Current work at AzuKo ranges from incremental slum upgrading and remote school playspace design in northwest Bangladesh, to placemaking research responding to unforced evictions in London.
Jo is keen to grow the impact of participatory design, and regularly speaks on architecture for international development.