Designaware founder Takbir Fatima bags Emerging Architect of the Year 2016 Award

If asked, has 2017 been a good year for startups? The answer would not be just a simple Yes, it would be “it has already been a great year”. With lot of startups receiving funding and loads of new startups paving their way through the road, there are few startups that outbeating all of these and proving their worth in the industry.

One such entrepreneur is Takbir Fatima, the founder of Designaware. Today, she is the proud owner of the title – Emerging Architect of the year 2016 award. This awards event was conducted by NDTV. The 2016 event marked the fourth edition of the highly coveted Design & Architecture Awards 2016, in partnership with Grohe, Europe’s largest and the world’s leading premium single-brand manufacturer.

Takbir is the only woman to bag this award and first one from Hyderabad along with Kayzad Shroff from Mumbai. The award is given to architects below the age of 40 who have a promising portfolio of work. The winners are decided after an exhaustive process where there are stringent checks and shortlisting criteria determined by the jury.


Takbir Fatima is an architect, and director of the multi-disciplinary experimental design and architecture studio, DesignAware and the Fractals Workshop. She is passionate about design research, digital prototyping, teaching and figuring out how things are made, and aims to balance teaching, research and practice. Takbir was awarded the Telangana Young Architect award by the Indian Institute of Architects in 2016.

DesignAware was born of a desire to create awareness through livable, wearable, usable, accessible and responsible design. Situated in Hyderabad, with virtual studios is Dubai, London and Dallas, the studio focuses on process-oriented design, and their projects range from lighting to furniture, interior design to renovation, and residential, commerical and institutional architecture, as well as socially relevant projects, such as a school for students of disadvantaged backgrounds in the heritage zone of the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad. In a non-profit endeavor, DesignAware successfully raised funds and contributions to build the context-sensitive school on a tight budget through the social media campaign, #MakeProgressPossible.

Congratulations Takbir. Keep doing the amazing work you are doing, and hope you reach all the success that you have aimed for.

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