My name is Anwar, I am an architectural designer. I have more than 22 years experience, and I’ve enjoyed a lot of work in different countries in a variety of projects. I’m interested in building construction projects, commercial projects, offices buildings, and housing projects.
Studying and starting work
I completed a five years Architecture and urban planning BSc degree in 1996. My BSc degree covered many topics, & the core modules of my course were: -History of architecture-Architecture design studio –History of Islamic and Contemporary architecture-Theory of structure- Urban sociology & economy – Surveying- Strength of materials – building construction – Reinforced concrete – Steel structure- Quantities & specification- Building administration- Solar energy- Town planning theory & history, and much more.
After graduating, I worked on all sorts of projects, from large public buildings, through to private houses and villas of many shapes and sizes. Then in 2003, the opportunity arose to work for a major practice in Dubai, and I spent the next five years in UAE, between METRA Decoration for the interior design work and working for Eng. Adnan Saffarini Office on some prestigious projects in some of their most iconic buildings.
In 2008 I worked for a major American company- Hill international, and a year later I joined Memar International Consultancy as a partner.
Starting the business
I had long wanted to broaden my professional experience, so in 2014 I enrolled for MSc in Technical Architecture at Sheffield Hallam University. This MSc is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), & the core modules for my course were: Concepts and Design in technical architecture – Environmental theory and practice for technical architecture – Fundamentals of building information modelling – Applied research methods – Major project as a dissertation with an interesting topic (BIM level 2 in UK). Also three optional modules, Contemporary digital practice in architecture – Consultancy project – Academic and professional portfolio. After I finished the MSc course, I started practicing architectural technology for small projects in Sheffield & Birmingham.
I then worked in Birmingham for nearly 2 years on a variety of projects including loft conversions and house extensions. All of this gave me valuable experience of domestic and commercial projects and British architectural styles. I then returned to the hills of Sheffield to start my company Architectural Improvement Ltd in October 2016. My aim is to provide architectural services to Sheffield and the South Yorkshire region, but I don’t mind to travel further.