Rado Ratsima, MA, MM
JHB Branch Manager
Rado is a young designer and entrepreneur. He is the Managing Director of SAINT-CASSIEN Landscapes, a subsidiary company operating in Johannesburg.
Rado decided to labour in the field of landscape design and entrepreneurship after successfully completing a Masters of Arts in Landscape Studies, at the University of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England. A Honours degree in Landscape Management awarded by University of Mauritius, a professional certificate in landscape design from Irene School of Garden Design, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management and a Masters of Management in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation awarded by Wits Business School are some of the other scholastic achievements adorning his shelf.
Originally from Madagascar, Rado left home at the age of 18 to travel and explore the world. His experience living in Mauritius and England for a couple of years, as well as winning garden design and landscaping competitions in Argentina and South Africa shaped his outlook of the profession. As an academic designer, Rado's design philosophy can be summarised with this quote he loves sharing with colleagues: "If form follows function, then function should follow meaning. Meaning follows values. And values come from both the designer and customers' background. There should always be an evident meaning in what we do. Otherwise, we work in vain."