EXPERIENCE: UCL University College London
EXPERIENCE: Royal Academy of Arts
EXPERIENCE: NCA National College of Arts
EXPERIENCE: JLE Jubilee Line London Canning Town
EXPERIENCE: Crossrail Paddington Station
EXPERIENCE: JLE Jubilee Line London North Greenwich
EDUCATION: Bremen University
RESIDENTIAL: Stadtlagerhaus, Hamburg
HIGH-RISE: Kehrwiedrspitze, Hamburg
COMMERCIAL: Neuer Wall, Hamburg
RESIDENTIAL: GMV Greenwich Millennium Village
EDUCATION: NAi Nederlands Architecture Institue
RESIDENTIAL: Bermondsey Spa Regeneration, St James's London
EDUCATION: EASA Berlin Anhalter Bahnof
AIRPORT: Kotoka International Airport, Accra

Azhar believes in creating exciting design solutions which deliver intelligent projects with integrity and passion, integrating the social economic and environmental aspects, creating an inspirational sustainable future. Ccreating joined up thinking from masterplanning to a single building, based on core principles of an environmentally sensitive approach.

Azhar studied architecture at the Bartlett School of the Built Environment, at University College London and is a Registered Chartered Architect, and has practiced architecture internationally for over 20 years, with extensive experience in the UK, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Azhar has international senior design and management experience covering a significant number of large scale mixed use architectural projects including, transport infrastructure and master planning projects, as well as individual buildings.



2013 – Present

AZHAR architecture is a multidisciplinary architecture and design consultancy. We create and provide integrated solutions for a sustainable future and are experts in the design of high quality, affordable, energy efficient buildings and environments. 

We provide a holistic design team approach including the following services: 
- Architecture 
- Urban Design & Masterplanning 
- Infrastructure and Transportation Expertise 
- Sustainable Design 

We believe in a holistic approach of sharing knowledge and expertise across disciplines in order to deliver the highest quality affordable design, with an active concern for the environment.  We are passionate about our commitment to quality, innovation and truly sustainable developments. We bring expertise from the belief in architecture as a convergence of Practice, Education, Industry and Research.

Projects: Macro

  • "Blooming" The International Quarter: A proposition for the Olympic Sites for Lend Lease (with Clive Dutton OBE)
  • "Bubbles" Olympic Stadium: A proposition for the Olympic Stadium for West Ham United (with Clive Dutton OBE)
  • "Harrow Road" London [ Redrow] Conversion of Edwardian Grade II listed Polcie staion into 25 apartments.
  • "Spice" Regeneration, London [Mixed use development, 600 residential units, 3 Hectares]
  • "Lake Drive", Lake Victoria, Kampala, Uganda [300 residences, 4 hectares]
  • "Whale Cay" Self Sufficient Island, Bahamas [1.5km long island]
  • "Canal View Apartments", FCC, Lahore: Sustainable apartment living using passive and active environmental strategies

Projects: Midi

  • "Trinity" Mixed Use, Borough High Street, London:
  • "Loft  Living" Modular Mixed Use Loft Building, Shoreditch, London
  • "My Hotel" Hotel, Fitzrovia, London
  • "The May Fair" Hotel, Mayfair, London: Re-configuration and expansion of this iconic hotel.
  • "Modular" Private School, London
  • "Modular" Student Living, London

Projects: Micro

  • "Frognal" Home, Hampstead, London: Reconfiguration and expansion of a prime Hampstead Home
  • "de Beauvior" New Build Home, de Beauvoir, London: A "pre-engineered" four storey house new build house.

Research | Design Thinking

  • "Sunset [Test] Strip - A13", Thames Gateway - A road trip from Whitechapel to the North Sea. Research Project
  • "Agile Space",Compact -  Living, Working, Playing
  • "Technology Transfer" and "Digital Craftsmanship"

CONRAN + PARTNERS (Architects & Designers)

Director Director, 'Rainmaker'

2010 - 2013 London, UK

Design Director, with a global remit to create new opportunities, "rainmaker". 
Creating projects from masterplanning to individual iconic buildings. 
Creating collaborative opportunities for full range of Conran businesses.

Major Projects

  • "Eco-Resort" Beach Resort & Luxury Residential Development (50 hectares), Mauritius
  • "Fulham Riverside" 280 homes [Barratts], Residential Development, London, UK
  • "Long Acre", Mixed Use Development, (40,000sqm), London, UK
  • "Centre Point", [Almacantar], Tower Re-Development, (20,000sqm), London, UK
  • "Battersea Power Station", [BPSC], Phase 1, London, UK
  • "Il Ciocco" Mountainside Masterplan, Tuscany, Italy
  • "One Tower Bridge", Berkeley Homes, Residential Development, London, UK
  • "Lillian Baylis" Residential Development, [Henley Homes] Lambeth, London
  • "University District" Mixed-Use Sustainable Masterplan, Sulamaniya, Iraq
  • "Airing" Air Baltic Terminal, Riga, Latvia. Competition

Conran + Studio [Branding, Product Design, Graphics]

Working closely with MD Emma Booty, from strategic concepts to specific design solutions.

  • de Beers
  • Peugeot
  • Diageo - Gordon's
  • Panasonic

Conran + Singh [Digital]

  • Worked closely with MD Daljit Singh to create opportunities where Digital design thinking overlaps with the built environment.


MOSAIC Network, Associate

Business in the Community

2009 – Present

Mosaic inspires young people from deprived communities to realise their talents and potential. Mosaic was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007.
Our mentoring programmes create opportunities for young people of all backgrounds growing up in our most deprived communities.

Azhar Architecture

2004 -2010

Working nimbly and collaboratively, at the "front end" strategic design to align projects for success.

Projects: Macro

  • "Desert Waves" Dubailand, Dubai, UAE
  • "Warwick Bar-Creative Quarter", Birmingham, UK
  • Elephant & Castle, Utility Strategy [with Brian Dunlop]
  • "Custom House,- Masterplan" London, UK  [Consultancy for AHMM]
  • "Solar City", Lahore, [5,000 residences]
  • "Bishopsgate Goodsyard", London, UK
  • "Barking Town Centre", Barking, Essex, UK [Consultancy for AHMM]
  • "Accra Masterplan", Accra, Ghana
  • Jabal Omar, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Projects: High Rise

  • "Gateway Towers" Astana, Kazakhstan
  • "Parametric Towers"
  • "Clifton Tower"
  • "Park Hotel Tower"
  • "Jabal Omar" Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Projects: Commercial

  • "Lahore - Retail and Offices" 
  • "Gulberg - HQ Corporate offices" 
  • "Operational Offices" Crescent Bahuman
  • "Westgate, London", Exemplar Properties
  • "Bloomsbury Rooftop", Extension to Office Building Holborn

Projects: Education

  • "National College of Arts - Extension"
  • "Beaconhouse School - Modular System"
  • "London Business School" London, UK
  • "Self-Build Rural School System" 

Project: Space

  • "Tate in Space", Proposition for an expansion of the Tate franchise into the International Space Station. Firs Prize in limited competition.

Projects: Micro

  • Flat  Pack Mobile Architecture
  • "Emergency Housing" Project 


UCL Rogues and Vagabonds


January 2003 – 2012

Alumni Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London

Former Speakers include:

  • Peter Rees (2012)
  • Kevin Owens (2012)
  • Paul Finch (2011)
  • Sir Nicholas Grimshaw (2010)
  • Ken Livingstone (2009)
  • Prof. Ricky Burdett (2008)
  • Masimiliano Fuksas (2007)
  • Prof. Will Alsop (2006)
  • Paul Finch (2005)
  • Sir Peter Cook (2004)
  • Sir Richard McCormac (2003)

Design for Patient Dignity (Research Programme)
Design Council

2010 – 2010

Six teams of designers and manufacturers, as well as healthcare design specialists from the Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre came up with innovative new designs that show how different privacy and dignity issues for hospital patients could be solved.
These initial design concepts and prototypes will be tested and refined before being made available to hospitals, but what they demonstrate is how designers, working closely with patients and healthcare experts, can bring new thinking to real and important challenges and come up with creative new solutions.


Chartered Member

2000 – 2008 

  • Mentoring
  • Networking

Head of Masters [MArch]
Kent School of Architecture - Kent University

2006 – 2008 
Canterbury, United Kingdom

  • Design Studio
  • Technical Design & Sustainability: emphasis, with fully integrated approach to technology as a design discipline


2003 – 2004 
Lead Project Architect: Leading Design Team for significant regeneration projects in London.


  • "St James's Rd" Site J Bermondsey Spa Regeneration Housing
  • High Performance Sports Centre, Enfield, London 

Battle McCarthy -Environmental Engineers

2000 – 2003

Architecture Lead, working in a truly multidisciplinary practice, bringing Architectural insight with experts from, Structures, M&E, Climate Analysis, Lighting, Aeronautics, Landscape etc.

Projects: Macro

  • Masshouse Birmingham Masterplanning:
  • Eco-Park, Dagenham Dock Regeneration strategy
  • East Manchester Regeneration Masterplanning and Sustainable Strategy
  • Luanda University, Angola with Perkins + Wills
  • Accra, Ghana, Masterplan Housing Development with EOA
  • International Headquarters Building, Tehran, Iran

Pre-engineered Modular Solutions

  • Keyworker Modular Solution
  • Prototype Terrace Houses, London
  • Modular Switch Centres for Cable & Wireless,


  • Sustainable Towers Research
  • Modular | Pre-engineered Systems | Off-Site Manufacturing - Solutions, Processes, Production Facilities, Procurement


Academy Editions: "Sustainable Ecos-systems"

Design Tutor - Lecturer
Greenwich University - School of Architecture

1999 – 2002
Greenwich, London

  • Design Studio
  • Technical Design
  • Sustainability

HTA / Erskine Tovatt

1998 – 1999

Lead Project Design and Technical Architect: Focus on Sustainability and working between Stockholm and London

Major Project

  • Greenwich Millennium Village, London  

Terrry Farrell Partners: London | Hong Kong

1997 – 1998
Major Projects:

  • Blue circle Cement, Kent
  • KCRC Kowloon Central Railway Corporation


Alsop and Stoermer: London | Hamburg

1992 -1997
Lead Project Design Architect: Leading on Design and Delivery. 7 competition wins!


  • Crossrail, railway station: Paddington, London.
  • Jubilee Line Extension, railway station: North Greenwich, London. 
  • Bangkok Transit System, city wide above ground rail system: Thailand.


  • Bank Office Building: Neuer Wall, Hamburg.
  • High Rise Mixed Development: Kehrwiederspitze, Hamburg.
  • University Revitalisation: University, Bremen.
  • Warehouse Conversion: Stadtlagerhaus, Hamburg.
  • Mixed Development: Eppendorf, Hamburg. .
  • Berlin Workshop: Tempelhof Airport, Berlin. 

Troughton McAslan

1991 – 1991 

Major Projects

  • Jubilee Line - Canning Town
  • Jubilee Line - Stratford


Hodges Jones Partnership, London

1990 – 1990

  • Residential Conversion Project, Kentish Town, London: 
  • Dulwich Picture Gallery, Competition. 
  • Pearson Building Office Conversion, University College London. 
  • New Offices for Engineers, Bank Conversion, Bermondsey, London.

Anjuman Mimiran

Society for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Pakistan
Lahore, Pakistan
1988 – 1989

Kamil Khan Mumtaz

1987 – 1988

Major Projects

  • Private Houses
  • "Haveli" house typology in the old city of Lahore

Royal Academy of Art

1987 – 1988 
Picadilly, London

Assistant to Academy Architect, Denis Serjeant. 

  • RA School of Painting and Sculpture, Master Plan Proposals, Canteen realisation. 
  • Computerised Heating System , Environment Control System, Galleries. 
  • Motorised Lighting Tracks, Main Galleries: with Anthony Hunt Engineers. 
  • Royal Academy Reorganisation Master Plan: with Foster Associates and Arups. 
  • Measured Drawings: for Royal Academy records. 
  • Supervision of work done with builders, exhibitors and exhibition designers.


MOSAIC Network

2009 – Present

Mosaic inspires young people from deprived communities to realise their talents and potential. Mosaic was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007.
Our mentoring programmes create opportunities for young people of all backgrounds growing up in our most deprived communities.

CARE Foundation UK
Board Member, London

2013 – 2014

"CARE's mission is to provide a quality marketable education to every child in Pakistan. We want to empower our children with a solid education, with the hope to make them better, more productive members of society. 
Our schools achieve remarkable results in a cost-effective way."

RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects
Chartered Architect

2000 – Present

CTBUH Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
London Steering Commitee

June 2012 – Present

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH International Conference, London 11-13 June, 2013

NLA New London Architecture

2010 – Present

Bartlett Society, UCL

1984 – 1991

  • The society for the Bartlett School of the Built Environment
  • Bartlett Lecture Series: Process to Form

1987 – 1991

9H Gallery, London

1985 – 1987

  • Gallery Assistant

SBID Society of British Interior Designers: International Design Awards
International Judge

2011 – 2013

The Society of British and International Design (SBID) is the national representative organisation to the European Council of Interior Design and Architecture. We create and measure the professions trading standards through practice, knowledge and science. We steer and protect our members in business to increase their profile, protect and promote their reputation and create opportunities.


Honors & Awards

Pakistan Power 100

August 2012

The Power 100- British Pakistani
The Power 100 is the UK's list of top British Pakistani's that have made a contribution to British society in the fields of entrepreneurship, professionally or within communities.

Competition: Peter Greenaway


Competition organised by Peter Greenaway, Film Director, Writer
First Prize
with Sebastian Wagner, Ruth Hodgkinson


Additional Honors & Awards

Various International Architectural Competitions


DESIGN COUNCIL: Design for Patient Dignity


SmartGeometry Workshop and Conference - Cambridge, UK
Parametric Systems

2006 – 2006

Activities and Societies: Workshop with international delegates. Area of study - Parametric Urbanism - Parametric High Rise residential tower

Architectural Association
RIBA Part 3, Professional Examination

2000 – 2001

Royal Institute of British Architects Part 3

Nederlands Architectuur instituut
1st International Summer Workshop, 1996, Architecture

1996 – 1996

Director: Kristin Feireiss
Tutors: Thom Mayne, Wiel Arets
Installation created in collaboration with Martin Michel.

Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London
Bsc and Dip Arch, RIBA Part 1 & 2, Architecture

1984 – 1991

Royal Institute of British Architects Part 1 & 2 -

Activities and Societies

 Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL - Bartlett School of the Built Environment, UCL - University College London, UK


Architecture, Architecture

1988 – 1989

Visiting Tutor, Architecture Department
Additional Classes: Fine Arts, Life Drawing
National College of Art Lahore
The National College of Arts Lahore, usually referred to by its acronym NCA, is the oldest arts institution of higher learning in Lahore, Pakistan.

EASA European Architecture Student Assembly
Summer School, Berlin, Germany: The Dimension Between

1988 – 1988

Berlin, Germany: The Dimension Between
Director: Sebastian Wagner
Tutors: Mathias Sauerbruch, Nicola Tonutti, Lebbeus Woods etc.
Location: Anhalter Behanoff, Berlin

Activities and Societies: EASA European Architecture Student Assembly www.easa.tk EASA was established in the early 80's, when students of architecture from Liverpool invited their fellow students from Europe to come and help them solve problems in their city. About 300 students gathered to work on the theme 'starting up the easa experience'. Since that work was successful, the experiment was taken up the next year again. Since then there has been an Assembly in different countries with 400 to 500 participants each year.



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