Thatcher Mpanga Nakimuli

Interior Engineer

Thatcher is a Graduate Architect from Makerere University passionate about sustainable design and architecture and its role in enriching people’s lives. She has, since her graduation, chased this passion at Kiira Motors Corporation by participating in the research and design of elegant, clean technology vehicles that respond to the needs of their users by infusing the cultures and values of Ugandans and the ethos of Uganda’s material landscape.

In 2014 Thatcher, joined the KMC family as a researcher, during which time she designed the KMC Master plan and Testing Track Facilities. Between 2015 and 2016, Thatcher designed the Interior of the Kayoola Solar Bus; was project manager and design lead of the Kiira Crossover Concept Vehicle; led the research and development for the Framework of the Uganda Automotive Industry Development Policy and has since honed her architectural design skills by scheming the KMC Site Master Plan, Vehicle Pant and Support Facilities in Jinja. The success of these projects allowed her to pursue an internship at Ford Motor Company and RLE International in Michigan, USA where she refined her understanding and was awarded a Certificate in Automotive Product Development & Manufacturing.

Her hunger for design, green technology and sustainability led her to pursue a Masters’ degree in Integrated Product Design at Brunel University London, UK in 2017 where she became fluent in Design Thinking, Sustainable Design, Human Factors, Product-Service Systems and Design Management. She is currently the Interior Designer in the Product Development Department at Kiira Motors Corporation.

This Self-motivation and drive have also encouraged her as a co-founder and designer at Studio Manyatta, a Ugandan company focussing on Architecture and Product Design and whose philosophy is to use people’s Origins and Culture to promote sustainable design. Collecting inspiration from her passion for green technology, architecture, art & fashion, travel and nature; Thatcher aims to create thrilling and sustainable designs that are responsive to the needs, cultures and identity of people.

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