“Architecture is one of those things where you never reach the ultimate, you never reach it but its nice to try, to still be enthusiastic about light, about space, about how people might live, how you might be able to gift a way of living to people.” –Glenn Murcutt
An architect by education and a researcher at heart, I am currently a Ph.D. Student in Digital Media at Georgia Tech, working with Dr. Nassim Parvin and Dr. Yanni Loukissas on issues of ethics and social justice in emerging technologies. My research interests lie in studying and understanding how novel technologies act as socio-technical systems to impact communities and individuals, especially marginalized communities in urban settings, and how these impacts intersect with law and design. My research deals with the question of how do communities come together using such technologies? Under what conditions are these the most beneficial? Who benefits? How does this challenge our notions about community’ & ‘home’? and what does this mean for the futures of home?
I have also had the great privilege, thanks to my mentors, to work outside typical architectural practice as well. I have been involved in helping create and teach a curriculum focused on critical thinking and mindfulness for middle-schoolers in Karachi. Under Ar. Zohaib Zuby and Ar. Moyena Niazi I have been involved in researching and designing low-cost housing solutions for the underprivileged in Karachi. I am working on establishing a think-tank focused on tracking emerging technologies in Pakistan and the South Asian context. (Please contact me if you would be interested in this)
I was previously a Fulbright Scholar pursuing my M.S in Architectural Studies at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I am also a hobbyist musician, programmer and writer. I did my Bachelors of Architecture at Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan graduating with a Founders’ Award and a distinction in final research paper.
Preferred pronouns: he/him