DesignAware’s portfolio cuts across a range of typologies, scales and contexts, including architecture, urbanism, interior and spatial design, object, furniture and lighting, and wearable design.
DesignAware is highly-selective of work, and each new project is seen as a puzzle to be solved with an exploratory, inquisitive and adventurous approach.
Our work is process-driven and every design is a version, which can undergo tweaks and improvements during the process, and afterward. Recognizing this allows us to see each project as exploratory design research. All our methods are open-source: we like to share techniques and concepts that allow users and other designers to understand our work process.
Design is an essential component of many overlapping fields, ranging from art and product design, to furniture and interiors, to architecture and urbanism. We aim to address pressing issues in the world through architecture and design, and by embracing all kinds of projects and delivering unique and unusual design solutions.
DesignAware focuses on a community-oriented approach to teaching. We conduct workshops not only for design and architecture students, but also aim to bring design thinking to the school level, as well as to professionals from other fields. We believe in collaboration and pluralizing the studio by creating a virtual network between individuals with different areas of expertise, no matter where they are located, rather than physical growth through accumulation of professionals concentrated in one place.
The Fractals Workshop is a generative and computational design workshop that combines logic, geometry, natural systems and structure. Since 2011, the Fractals Workshop has been taught to people of all ages, backgrounds and skill sets across the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East.
We believe in using our talent and skills to give back to the community. We regularly devote some of our time and resources on quota-basis to pro bono or non-profit projects, based on our evaluation of the social and/or design value of a project. We welcome you to approach us regarding this if you feel your project is impactful to your community.
“The flat is beautifully decorated and you could see that Takbir had painstakingly thought of all the aspects. It reminds you of an apartment out of a Manhattan sitcom!”
“We learned a lot about how to see/frame data and ways to present it visually/3-dimensionally. A lot of brilliant ideas flying about! The workshop was interactive and I had a lot of fun learning about natural growth systems.”