I am an academic, a researcher and a practicing architect.
I am a Senior Lecturer of Architecture in the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster. I have also taught Architecture at the University of Hertfordshire, where I led the department’s academic team for the BA Architecture course to be RIBA validated. I have also worked towards setting up and the validation of the MA in Architecture course at the university. I am passionate about working towards equality of opportunity for all therefore I have been actively involved in the committee working for the Athena Swan submission.
My notable recent works include being awarded the SEED / Pacific Rim Community Design Network Award 2018, RIBA Rising Stars Award (2017), being shortlisted for the RIBA President’s Awards for Research (2019), and I have been named as a finalist for the Architecture Sans Frontieres Award (2017) and for Construction News Talent Award (2018), for my practice-based research project. During the months of March and April 2018, my recent research project was exhibited at the Building Centre, hosted by New London Architecture and my architectural project has been part of the London Festival of Architecture (2017).
I am one of the judges for the RIBA Student Prize, judging and awarding for a number of London Architecture schools within the RIBA South East. I am active in engaging in the current debates, public architectural seminars and lectures, for which I have been invited to be a panellist.
I have been appointed be on the Design Review Panel for the Southwark Council Planning Department, which is an advisory role.
Prior to co-founding my practice Our Building Design, some of the award-winning practices I have worked in are Allies and Morrison, Proctor & Matthews, Wilkinson Eyre, Atkins and Bennetts Associates. Our Building Design is an inter-disciplinary practice, collaborative platform dedicated to pushing the discipline of architecture in innovative and unexpected directions. A critical part of the practice’s ethos is collaboration and co-design, providing a platform for designing through end-user participation and engaging them in the design process. Prior to this, I have studied and worked in London. I have completed all my architectural degrees and education at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.
I am a co-founder of the UK based interdisciplinary charity, the Mannan Foundation Trust, where I lead a collaborative platform to provide unique opportunities for various professionals to work together to develop environmental and socially responsive projects to serve disadvantaged communities. My award-winning charity projects are practice of architecture through participation and ‘co-design’ where the design and construction approaches are led through collaboration between the designer and the user.
I have led the fundraising for our recent project the Rajapur Community Building for Women’s Literacy and Healthcare, in a remote village in Bangladesh. I have presented (to disseminate this research project), at various institutions and organisations to raise awareness and to capture the interests of professionals to encourage volunteers for the project.
I currently teach and lead the architectural design modules for an undergraduate design studio, where my teaching draws on my own research methodologies on interdisciplinary approach to design. My pedagogical practice encourages students to research the context to develop and to create challenging hybrids of current and futuristic design that allows them to realise their design concept, responding to the immediate context. My academic experience includes leading several modules, teaching, research activities and other forms of scholarly activities such as examining and curriculum development of a MA in Architecture degree course. I also supervise students’ research dissertations.
I have been invited as a visiting lecturer and a design critic at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Central Saint Martins’ College for undergraduate architecture studios. I have also been invited for postgraduate architecture studios at the CASS London Metropolitan University, the University of Westminster and Kingston University.
I have been invited to present my research project at the National University of Singapore and the Bengal Institute.
I always strive to practice architecture through research. My independent research project has been recognised and has been shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA President’s Award for Research (2019) and I have been awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Rising Star award (2017), the award recognises the talents of architects in the early stages of their careers who are making a difference in the built environment. My practice-based architectural research projects have been praised for successfully tackling complex social and environmental issues faced by the disadvantaged communities of the Rajapur village in Bangladesh.
I am currently a PhD researcher at the University of Westminster, exploring a practice-based research on architectural responses to the confluence of changing monsoon weather in Bangladesh. My research is conducted as a reflective practice, integrated within the practice of architecture through participation, community-led projects and co-design. I am also a PhD by practice researcher at the RMIT, where the research is conducted through design and the process of designing as a means of increasing knowledge. My practice-based research is an exploration of new territories of design research, contributing to the knowledge base of the discipline. This is undertaken by engaging with the communities of architectural practitioners, to share design research interests, ideas, discourses, ways of doing things and exploring the boundaries of design thinking.