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Our Message

Development organizations struggle to achieve shelter outcomes within chaotic environments. Most of these outcomes include temporary structures that serve a short-term purpose, while ignoring the long-term issue. There are many products being used for various shelter solutions, but these products are not standardized, they do not work with other products, and they have not been fully adopted on an international scale. Lack of standardization and collaboration results in a fragmented system that costs money and limits outcomes.

Bay-Build offers a certified framing system that can be integrated into local supply chains, and fabricated anywhere in the world.  This allows for aid funding to securely flow through local economies, while maintaining a quality-controlled standard for shelter construction. Aid organizations gain control over outcomes, while host countries enjoy meaningful investment in their local economies. This process establishes an incentive for local collaboration, effectively turning a crisis into an opportunity for capacity building and local infrastructure investment.

Our Team

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Stephen Gardner

Stephen brings 11 years of experience in architectural design, prefabricated construction and humanitarian development.

Stephen began his career designing and building prefabricated steel homes in remote areas of California. This experience led him to design and build flat-packed products for humanitarian development. His first project was the rebuilding of communities in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan. He has since developed and executed successful resilience programs for Habit for Humanity International efforts in Oceania. All projects involved the mobilization of people and materials within remote environments.

Stephen holds a B.Arch from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and continues to practice as a licensed architect in California.

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Ravi Kurani

Ravi is an entrepreneur with a background in sustainable business and supply chain management.

Ravi has exited two companies focused on Impact and water management. His latest, Sutro, aims to create a platform around water monitoring and evaluation. He launched a due diligence and investment campaign for the BoP communities in India, while working with First Light Ventures Fund and Village Capital. First Light Ventures and Village Capital democratize entrepreneurship through peer support networks. Ravi previously launched a consumer-facing database called which aims to bring more transparency in the impact investing industry.

Ravi is committed to utilizing technology to find innovative ideas and designs for emerging markets. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Riverside, MBA in International Finance from MIIS-Middlebury College, and a Certificate from Stanford University in Renewable Energy Systems.