Founded after a decade of experience working in slums, Utopia is the world's first ever design and urban planning firm focused solely on slums, which will soon be home to one third of humanity.
We got our feet wet in slums in Asia years ago and over time, we realized that design could bring a new perspective to this old issue of slums. Slums are an issue that seems to have gotten stuck even as so much in life has improved around it over this past half century. We moved from Asia into San Francisco to set up what would eventually come to be known as Utopia.
We're a team of designers, urbanists, technologists, behavioral scientists, entrepreneurs, futurists and lots of zero gravity thinkers on slums and cities.
Our team is the engine that drives us.
Studio Co-Director | Ulaanbaatar
Link | West Africa
Link | United Kingdom
Core Advisory Board
Our core advisory board is made up of industry experts and all around creative thinkers and doers.
Partner @ mach49 and
Former Head of Tech Strategy @ IDEO
Founder @ HICCup and
Board Member @ 23andMe
Asia Director @ Balmond Studio and Founding Design Editor @ Monocle
Chair of Urban Planning and Design
Deputy Director @ NYU Marron Institute
of Urban Management
Chairman @ WorkReduce and
Founder @ Anomaly Ventures
Our advisory council provide deep insights, make connections, and champion our aim to create a new paradigm for slums.
Founder @ NewCities and
Former Chief Editor of BusinessWeek Europe
Chief Learning Officer @ Jacobs Institute of Design Innovation of UC Berkeley
Managing Director @
CEO @ Frog
Urban Practitioner @ Asian Coalition for Housing Rights
Biotechnologist and Maker of First Stem Cell Hamburger
Urban Economist @ Harvard and Author of Triumph of the City
President and Co-Founder @ The Humanized Internet and Former CTO @ Cisco
Fernando de Sousa
Regional HR Director @ Microsoft (Middle East & Africa)
Professor of Complex Systems @ Santa Fe Institute
@ MIT Senseable
Founder & Managing
Trustee @ Saath