Joel Jassu



Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture, University of Memphis, 2017
Masters of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019
Masters of Science in Urban Design, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2020


Born and raised in Kampala, Uganda, Joel pulls from his personal experiences to shape understanding, empathy, and cultural nuances in both research and practice. From his experience in real estate consulting, which focused on equitable developments, Joel recognizes the balance of community needs and development challenges. He has worked on multiple local and global initiatives in the United States of America, Uganda, South Sudan, United Kingdom and Tanzania over the last six years, centered around bringing cultural awareness and design together. As a part-time faculty in the College of Design, he continues to teach and research on projects focused on Green Infrastructure, community development and cultural empathy. Most recently, the Georgia Tech Alumni Association nominated Joel for one of their most prestigious awards, the 2021 class of 40 under 40. His professional experiences include working on different project scales with Looney Ricks Kiss in Memphis, TN, serving on the Institute Planning and Design Commission for Georgia Tech and founding partner for eightvillage. Joel is an Urban Design Project Manager with Perkins&Will in Atlanta and continues to serve on multiple executive boards for organizations serving vulnerable communities around the world.


Urban Design, Green Infrastructure, Business, Culture, Sustainable Communities

Georgia Tech Alumni 40 Under 40 Nominee, Class of 2021

Dagmar Epsten Environmental Vision Award, 2019

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2018/2019

Jack R. Tucker JR., FAIA, Travel Grant Recipient - American Institute of Architects Memphis Chapter, 2016

Spring 2021 - Design, Metrics and Green New Deal Proposals: North Dekalb Mall and The Gallery at South Dekalb

Fall 2020 - Green New Deal Superstudio – Greening Downtown Atlanta with Central Atlanta Progress and the Georgia Conservancy

Spring 2020 - Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Communities - Grove Park, Atlanta GA

Fall 2019 - Ecological Infrastructure Design – Atlanta Industrial Park and the Chattahoochee Riverpark

Spring 2019 - Design Build Seminar - Uganda, Africa