“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 Fulbright Scholar, from Karachi, Pakistan, pursuing my M.S in Architectural Studies at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. My graduate study is focused on exploring the application and implication of AI and Big Data to architectural design, with a focus on how these technologies can shape the experience of built-environment.
My research interests intersect architectural theory with sociology, economics, computer science, social justice and philosophy. As such, I am trying to use architecture as a way of understanding the whole of the built-environment, not just limited to buildings. Moving beyond the fixation of the building, and towards a bigger picture is something that I believe is imperative for architecture of our time. I have a childish dream of trying to help create a better and equitable world.
I have 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 am also a hobbyist musician, programmer and writer. I did my Bachelors of Architecture at Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi, graduating with a Founders’ Award and a distinction in final research paper. I have also been given an honorable mention in IAP’s KBA award for Socially Responsive Architecture.
Preferred pronouns: he/him