About Raza Zahid

Raza Zahid Atelier is a Lahore based design house specializing in Architecture, Interiors and Product Design. Founded in 2009 by Raza Zahid, the office provides a platform for research and innovation, where design ideas are applied and tested across multiple scales in an attempt to blur the boundaries between architecture, interior and product design.
The design ideology of the office is to create unique, pragmatic and inspiring spaces and objects, by questioning the status quo, by challenging conventions and predefined standards, and by developing a thorough understanding of the various elements and stakeholders that influence the design process. RZA believes in treating every design challenge as an opportunity to experiment and discover, by adopting new technologies, reinterpreting the use of local crafts and materials and creating spaces and products that bring joy to its users.
RZA is also committed to the promotion and practice of ethical and sustainable design. All projects conceived and produced at RZA are based on certain ethical design practices and ideologies regarding social and ecological sustainability, which promote original design, fair wages, use of environmentally friendly materials etc.

Raza Zahid was awarded the AA Diploma from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, UK and is a registered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects as well as the Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners. He has worked for a number of internationally renowned architects including Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster and Partners, United Designers and Peter Marino Architects on prestigious architectural and interior design projects in Europe, Asia and America.
Raza has also been involved in academia since 2009 and has taught design studio in the Bachelor of Architecture program at Beaconhouse National University and the School of Art, Design and Architecture at NUST, Islamabad.
His work has received acclaim and recognition in the form of a number of national and international design awards.

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

2009 – present
Raza Zahid Atelier
Position : Founder

2019
Taleem Finance Company Ltd
2,500 sq.ft Office Space
Interior & Furniture Design

2017 – present
Mindbridges Offices, Kashmir Rd
Private Residence, Munir Rd

Private Residence, Munir Rd
17,000 sq.ft New Build
Interior & Furniture Design

2012 – 2014
Private Residence, DHA Phase V
8,000 sq.ft New Build
Interior & Furniture Design

2012
Mindbridge Offices, Empress Rd
Interior Design/ Furniture Design

2015 – present
Green Valley Housing Scheme
Master Plan design/ Consultant for 100 Acre Site

2009 – present
Contemporary Furniture/ Lighting
Products for Residential and Commercial use

2009 – 2010
Private Residence, DHA.
Interior refurbishment/ Furniture Design

2007 – 2009
Peter Marino Architects
Position :Interior Designer/ Architect

2007 – 2009
CHANEL
New Build and refurbishment of existing stores.
Interior & Product display design.

LOUIS VUITTON, 5th Avenue
Refurbishment of existing store
Furniture Design/ Display Design

2006 – 2007
United Designers
Position :Interior Designer/ Architect

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL
Refurbishment of 1970s building including design of hotel rooms
and hotel spa.

2002 – 2006
Foster and Partners
Position: Architect

ASPREY, New Bond Street
Refurbishment of seven Grade II listed buildings including interior,
Product design and production

2004 – 2006
ME Hotel, Aldywch
5 Star, 180-room boutique hotel by the Silken Group. Refurbishment
of existing building into hotel. Interior and furniture design.

2004 – 2003
ASPREY, 5th Avenue
Furniture and product design.

2000 – 2002
Zaha Hadid Architects
Position: Architect

MAXXI Museum (National Museum of the 21st Century Arts)
15,000-sqm Contemporary Arts Museum. New Build.
Design development/ Consultant Coordination

2001
BMW HEADQUARTERS
Headquarters for BMW comprising of exhibition galleries,
production/assembly units and offices. Design development.

2001 – 2002
CINEMA COMPLEX
40,000-sqm Entertainment complex with 20-screen cinema and
commercial units. Design development/ Consultant Coordination

2001
TONDONIA WINERY PAVILLION
June 2001- August 2001
Pavilion for wine display/ exhibition and wine tasting.
Concept and Scheme/ Detail Design. Project Coordination

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

2009 – 2014 / 2019 – present
Beaconhouse National University
Position: Associate Professor
Studio Professor/ Thesis Advisor

2015 – 2018
NUST, School of Art, Design and Architecture
Position: Regular Visiting Faculty
Fifth year Studio Professor/ Thesis Advisor & Coordinator
Designed & edited the Thesis Catalogs for 2015, 2016 & 2017

2017
Recipient of the Best Faculty Award 2016/2017

EDUCATION :

2002 – 2004
Royal Institute of British Architects
RIBA Part III/ ARB Registration from South Bank University

2001
Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners
PCATP Registration

1998 – 2001
AA School of Architecture
AA Diploma (MArch) / RIBA Part II

1994 – 1997
AA School of Architecture
AA Intermediate (BA (Hons)) / RIBA Part I

1993 – 1994
National College of Arts
Foundation Course

AWARDS:

2019
ADA Awards 2018 – 2019
Award for Best Product Design

2018
A Design Awards 2017-2018
Silver Award in Furniture Design

A Design Awards 2017-2018
Silver Award in Lighting Design

A Design Awards 2017-2018
Iron Award in Lighting Design

EXHIBITIONS:

2019
XY Art Show 2019
Exhibition of furniture and lighting design

Sheherezade: The Walled City Anthology
Jharoka Pavillion (Collaboration)

2017
‘PRO-DUCT’, Koel Gallery
Exhibition of table lamps

PRODUCTS, O Studio
Lamps and Furniture display

2013
7 Deadly Sins, Koel Gallery
Art Installation on the theme ‘Wrath’

2010
Products, RZA Showroom
Furniture and Lights Exhibition

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