About HD Design Studio
HD Studio represents the design Arm of the HDEA (Home Designs & Engineering Associates) group of companies of which was established in 1997 by Dwayne Ferdinand. The studio was originally established as a function of the parent company HDEA, to serve the design build needs of the company’s construction clientele. This exposed our design quality to Guyana, creating and satisfying a demand for unique, modern, innovative Architectural structures typically lacking in Guyana. HD Studio has since grown through our leader, Renauto Ferdinand; a passionate young Architect with demonstrably bold ideas, to serve every sector of Architecture in the country with notable clientele such as BANK D.I.H, A. Ally’s & Sons, Guyana Logistics INC, Guyana Geology and Mines etc. The key to our design success lies in our focus on the philosophy that less is more, allowing the raw essence of an Architectural idea to be expressed in a pure, often minimalist, form. This led to the creation of a plethora of projects, that is identifiably alien to Guyana while maintain strong roots in Guyana’s rich Cultural identity. Leading and shaping Architecture in Guyana.
Dwayne Ferdinand - Founder of “HDEA”
Dwayne Ferdinand has built Home Designs & Engineering associates from a small company serving a limited clientele to one of the largest construction company in Region 6, serving a large and growing clientele.
Renauto Ferdinand, Our Founder
Renauto began his journey at a tender age by understudying with RIBA Architects (Royal Institute of British Architects). During which his talents were noticed and nourished. He then continued to pursue his interest in Architecture at the University of Guyana but quickly decided to nurture his talents at Kennesaw State University in Marietta, Georgia, USA in pursuit of his B. Arch Degree. During his time there, his abilities were quickly recognized and he was recommended and selected for a scholarship by AIA (American Institute ofArchitects) to attend the Design Discovery program at the Harvard Graduate school of Design (GSD). Renauto’s leadership style aims to nurture an environment of “idea free flow” and transparency, leading to the creation of what is internally known as the “creative design studio”. A place where young creatives are drawn to and inspired by, where Architecture ideas, research and development flourishes and transforms into architecture sculptures and design details. The atmosphere in the studio is lighthearted by design since the nature of executing the quality of works produced by our studio requires long hours. Ideas are pitched for projects by members of the design team and are then reviewed by an assembled “internal jury” whose aim is to evaluate and nourish ideas introduced and ultimately usher these ideas into the built environment. This process is often open to members outside of the design team to inject external opinions, especially from the perspective of “potential users of these spaces.” This is a reminder to members of the team that architecture is not only about aesthetics and function but how people experience spaces. Architecture is deeply routed in psychology, for this reason, expressive interest is placed on the spaces we create and how persons interact with these spaces. As an example, if a room is small and warmly lit, with natural materials, it produces an intimate space that is inviting for long hours for introverted people. A space with tall ceilings ,but narrow walls can highlight the grandeur of a room, making the occupants feel small and a part of something larger. These are some of the thoughts embedded on a micro level in projects led by Mr. Ferdinand. He believes that architecture should directly respond to the natural environment, adding to, but never diminishing the qualityof space directly surrounding a building. He reinforces rules of portion and order as he aims to create designs that are sound in aesthetics, culturally expressive and environmentally responsible. As a person he is humble, forward thinking, technologically driven and minimalist, which often gets translated to his design concepts. He often iterates that “less is more”, and a concept should be stripped down to an expression of a narrow idea, allowing the essence of a project to be easily digested by persons experiencing the architecture. While young in age, he is tremendously experienced having executed over 52 designs.
Renauto Ferdinand - Founder of “HD STUDIO”
Renauto our managing director and lead Architect. A bold visionary inspired by the design and leadership style of Frank Lloyd Wright, Steve Jobs and Bjarke Ingels whose aim is to leave a lasting legacy on the Architectural landscape of the Caribbean. His mission begins by introducing a new standard of Design to the Guyana landscape.
Based in New Amsterdam Berbice, our team is a diverse group of passionate creatives, driven by a singular focus of improving the quality of lives in Guyana. Our team is credited for the design success of our studio. Our technical staff has together excellent accreditation, and along with our associates, aggregates more than50 years of planning, designing, drafting, BIM modeling, project management/construction supervision and quantity surveying experience. Throughout the years, we’ve managed to build a network with a multitude of experts, experienced in the local conditions of Guyana and can quickly assemble a team that offers more than100 years of experience in the aforementioned disciplines.
Who They Are
Architect | Managing Director, B. Arch* Kennesaw StateUniversity, Design Discovery Certificate, Harvard GSD, Dip. Arch.U.O.G, Senior StaffFocus: Lead Architect
Founder of HDEA
Focus: Strategy/ Project Advising.
Project Manager / ConsultantBsc. Management. +20Yrs Senior and Executivelevel management experience.Focus: Project Management / Consultancy
Intern / TraineeFocus: Architecture Visualization / presentation
Administrative Director, 2018Background: Interior DesignFocus: Discipline Coordination / Management
Architect | Senior BIM Coordinator USA, 2020
B. Arch Kennesaw State University
Focus: Building Systems Design / Project
Architecture Technician, 2016Focus: Details development/Technical Drafting/Conceptual Presentation
Interior design and accounting assistance
Focus: Finances / Coordination
Engineer / QS / Director, 2018
Bs.Engineering University of Guyana
Focus: Quantity Surveying / Engineering
Architecture Apprentice, 2018, Background: BIM modelling Graphic Design, CAD drafting.
Administrative Assistant, 2019,
Focus: Task/activity Coordination.
Advisor.Bs. PsychologyFocus: Consulting / management advising.