My name is Oliver Gray and I’m an Industrial Design Engineering student at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. I’m also and a proud member of “The Ducks”, an international and student-run design team. We currently aim to assist ConstruCasa, a non-profit organization whose goal is to help provide housing for impoverished people in Guatemala. I am in charge of documentation, and will be writing blog posts, recording Skype calls with ConstruCasa, and photographing various parts of the process.
About myself: I was raised in the United States, but my father was born in Romania. My earliest memories are of a small town that would seem like the middle of the woods to most. Redding, Connecticut, where deer out number people and the only commercial business is one, tinny, mom-and-pop breakfast restaurant. My upbringings here definitely attributed to my intense love of travel, a pivotal factor in my decision study in The Netherlands.
While not skateboarding to university in order to complete a task with “The Ducks”, most of my time is consumed by creative oriented hobbies. I’ve always had a passion for music, and spend a great deal of time playing guitar. My slightly worn acoustic is actually sitting next to me as I write this. Something about the feel of the neck usually helps with writers block, so it’s common for me to take guitar-playing breaks while studying. It’s also common for me to spend hours drawing, another extremely relaxing and rewarding activity.
As for my super power, I would say it is pure luck. I always seem to stumble into the greatest situations. In fact, I’m enjoying the benefits of this super power right now, because I can legitimately see the North Sea. The apartment I randomly selected has a breathtaking view of The Hague 🙂.