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Sanaa Shaikh

Architect

I believe our urban environment has the ability to provoke and stimulate those who engage with it, and every project the opportunity to do the same.”
I believe our urban environment has the ability to provoke and stimulate those who engage with it, and every project the opportunity to do the same.”

My experience has led me to work on a wide range of UK and international projects within different contexts and cultures. I believe our urban environment has the ability to provoke and stimulate those who engage with it, and every project the opportunity to do the same.

In Lalibela, Ethiopia, I collectively designed and deployed a cinema of mosquito netting to a local community, creating a sense of place using simple materials, which was able to uplift, inspire and bring people together.

In Birmingham, I worked on HSBC + HMRC’s HQ – iconic buildings within the city’s fabric that sat within a masterplan of public places to create a new community space and encourage a sense of identity in the city.

In Mumbai, I designed an iconic residential building on the city’s seafront – a prominent position for a city defined by the water’s edge. The public frontage sought to challenge the city’s existing building fabric, to excite and inspire city-dwellers, using materials and forms that were innovative yet referred to the context.

Further research has led me to qualify in the use of earth and clay in building smaller scale structures, employing such skills in locations from the Himalayas to Wales. Earth and clay are a traditional material that can constantly be re-invented and manipulated in different ways.

In addition to my work as an Architect, I have been a design tutor and am an examiner at the Architectural Association and Oxford Brookes University, and am actively engaged in promoting BAME women in architecture. I also have a keen interest in Classical Russian literature and Bollywood dancing.