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About tri-lo

Company Background

tri-lo development consultants was first established in 2008 by Daniel Schumann in Lilongwe/Malawi. Today, tri-lo is a registered company in Tunisia.

Following a period of working in the German Development Cooperation , Daniel decided to start a consulting firm which addresses the specific architectural and urban planning needs and challenges of developing and emerging countries, especially on the African Continent. 

The name tri-lo derives from our major goal, which is to provide logical,  localised, low-emission developments that offer best value for money.

Founders Background

in 1999, Daniel graduated as an architect (Dipl.-Ing.) from the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH) in Germany.  He worked as an architect on many commercial and residential projects in Europe before joining the Secondary Centres Development Programme in Malawi in 2002. 

Since, he has planned and constructed infrastructure and private developments in Malawi, Germany, Mali, Mauritania and Algeria and has provided consultancy services in Armenia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Mongolia, Namibia, Tunisia, Togo, Zambia and Yemen.


Daniel is a member of the Chamber of Architects in Germany (Rhineland-Palatinat), which is a member of the United Institute of Architects (UIA), a worldwide professional body for architects.

tri-lo cooperates with  highly qualified partner architects  and engineers in various countries to assure compliance with regional regulations and standards and with other international consultancies and advisors to offer very specialised services.


tri-lo's members have worked on over 100 projects on four continents, with investment volumes for certain projects surpassing 50 million Euros and for some programmes 100 million Euros. Our portfolio in the various sectors include:

  • Programme and Project Management

  • Educational facilities including schools, training centres and teacher training colleges

  • Public infrastructure: Civic offices, civic centres, pedestrian zones, bus stations, roads and truck parks

  • National Parks and Protected Areas

  • Commercial developments: Markets, shopping malls (up to 25.000m2), business parks (up to 3ha), private office developments, factory buidlings 

  • Residential developments: Individual houses, residential compounds, apartment buildings, and experimental dwellings

  • Cultural and sports facilities: Stadiums (up to 6000 spectators), conference halls

  • Health care and social facilities: Hospitals, health care centres, orphanages

  • Tourism facilities: Hotels, guest houses and lodges

  • Urban planning for entire town centres and master plans, including upgrading of traditional housing areas and unplanned settlements

  • Furniture design and interior design

  • Feasibility studies and evaluations

  • Technical documents: Maintenance manuals, guidelines, standard bidding documents and evaluation forms

  • Technical applications: Information websites, feasibility study applications for public commercial investments

Clients, partners and collaborators

Besides enjoying professional relationships with many private clients, tri-lo has worked with national and international institutions, organisations and companies which include, amongst others:

  • Ministries and governmental institutions in Malawi, Mali, Germany, Benin, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Haiti, Mauritania, Tunisia, Armenia, Ivory Coast, Togo, Niger, Namibia and Yemen

  • City, town and district assemblies in Malawi, Zambia, Namibia and Tunisia

  • Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, KfW-Entwicklungsbank

  • Caisse des Prêts et de Soutien des Collectivités Locales (CPSCL), Tunisia

  • German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the former German Development Service (DED)

  • German embassy in Malawi

  • Agetipe Mali

  • ARTEK Group Mali

  • Goethe Institute, Malawi

  • General Alliance insurance limited, Malawi

  • GOPA Infra, Germany

  • GITEC IGIP Group, Germany

  • I&D, France

  • Icon Institute / GET, Germany

  • Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), Washington / USA

  • University of Tlemcen, Algeria

  • Doniso University, Mali

  • German-Mongolian Institute for Research and Technology (GMIT)

  • Sobram, Mali

  • Vivalait, Mali

  • National Police School, Mali

  • United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)

Publications and links

DOM publishers: Architectural guide sub-saharan Africa 

Daniel was the coordinator for the chapter Malawi in volume 7 and contributed to the chapter Mali in volume 2

Deutsches Architektenblatt (dab) 10/2008 "Ich wollte schon immer die Welt sehen"

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