Takbir Fatima is the Director of DesignAware. She has lived, worked and studied in Al-Khobar, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai and London. Takbir has a BArch from CSIIT School of Architecture & Planning, Secunderabad, and an MArch in Architecture + Urbanism from the Design Research Lab at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.
She is passionate about design research, digital prototyping and computation. Takbir has trained in tailoring and carpentry, as well. She aims to work on socially relevant projects alongside mainstream architecture. Takbir also teaches architecture and design in India and the Middle East.
Takbir was named Emerging Architect of the Year 2016 by Grohe NDTV Design & Architecture Awards and Telangana Young Architect 2016 by the Indian Institute of Architects.
Abeer Fatima is the Lead Interior Designer at DesignAware. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from the Raffles College of Design & Commerce. She has lived, worked and studied in Al-Khobar, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Abeer’s main area of interest is accessible design and wearables.
Asna Moazzam heads the virtual studio of DesignAware Dubai as an Associate. She has studied BArch at SV College of Architecture in Cyberabad, and worked in Hyderabad, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. For the past seven years, Asna has worked in major corporate architecture firms in Abu Dhabi, and also manages a real estate firm, Real Returns, in Dubai.
Having successfully led and completed a Green Building Project for the city of Abu Dhabi, Asna’s interests include sustainability, adobe and rammed-earth construction, and upcycled furniture design. She aims to promote and revive vernacular architecture in Dubai through new projects in this otherwise modern, culturally diverse and technologically advanced city.
Riddhi Parakh is a licensed architect from India and an Associate at DesignAware London. She has a BArch from BN College of Architecture, Pune, and an MArch in Architecture + Urbanism from the Design Research Lab at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.
She currently works as an architect in a multinational architecture and design firm in London. Her project experience varies from commercial office towers, enterprise headquarters, mixed-use developments, institutional campuses to interior design, focusing on high-end hospitality projects in Kuwait, Malaysia, Indonesia and India.
Riddhi is passionate about using computational tools and parametric digital design towards a better architecture.
Yasmeen Vazeer is an Interior Designer at DesignAware. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and has worked under renowned architects in Hyderabad, as well as practicing independently before joining the DesignAware team.
Uzma Tahreem is a Junior Architect at DesignAware. She has a BArch from Deccan School of Planning and Architecture, Hyderabad. She has worked as an intern at a multi-national architectural firm in Hyderabad. When not architect-ing, Uzma writes poetry, clicks photographs, paints abstract, and reads books.
Her academic years included active participation in architectural competitions across the country, including an Indo-French architecture students exchange program, where she worked with professors and students from Bordeaux, France. Uzma aims at promoting the field of Architectural Journalism in India through extensive research into publishing works of local architects and designers, the unsung heroes of our society.
DesignAware has a diverse and evolving team of architects and interns who hail from varying backgrounds, such as accessory design, graphic design, interior design and architecture, and who have come from different locations, including Hyderabad, Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam and Warangal.
If you’re interested to join our team, click here to learn more about our internship program or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with ideas and opportunities to collaborate. We’d love to hear from you!