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Murtaza Nooruddin
Partner / Project Architect
B.Arch, IVSAA

Murtaza Nooruddin is a graduate of the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, where he was awarded a distinction in thesis. He later worked with Tariq Hasan for a year before he co-founded Open Door Design Studio in 2014. He currently teaches design studio at the University of Karachi and has previously taught at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. He was named as one of Pakistan’s top six emerging architects by Design United in 2020. Murtaza draws from the everyday life of people and things and believes that architecture that is pure is grounded in essential values and our connection to the natural world.

Dania Faruq
Partner / Project Architect
B.Arch, IVSAA

Dania believes that a thoughtfully designed space or a thing can bring ease and happiness in people’s lives. At the studio she helps in organizing projects, thoughts and tries to keep her work genuine and meaningful. She is one of the founding members and a Project Architect at ODDS. At the studio, she has worked and researched extensively on reimagining learning environments for young children and teenagers. Prior to initiating ODDS, Dania gained professional experience in notable architectural practices like Habib Fida Ali Associates and Studio Tariq Hassan in Karachi where she worked on various institutional and residential projects.

 

In 2020, Dania along with Shehrebanu Nooruddin led the development of the Open Door Workshop as a space for hands on exploration of materials and building techniques. In parallel, she has been engaged as an adjunct faculty member at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, where she continues to lead courses and engage in project reviews. 

 

Currently, she is based in Australia, where she finds joy in learning from her two year old son, and the environments and people of different regions. She volunteers her time at the Open House, Melbourne and continues to ----

Dabeer Hemani
B.Arch, IVSAA

Dabeer Hemani co-founded Open Door Design Studio in 2013. With his entrepreneurial approach he focuses on a holistic view of design, construction and all other elements that become part of the process. He specializes in working collaboratively with clients to translate their ideas and goals into innovative and empathetic designs. Dabeer enjoys forming strong client relationships which more than often continue well beyond the project completion stage. From a small office space to a multi-use residential building, Dabeer’s goal is to create meaningful spaces that help enrich the lives of those who inhabit them.

 

Dabeer also serves as Director at Prompt Enterprises - a construction and fit out firm that his father founded thirty years ago. During his time as an architecture student, he co-founded Rahnuma - a community service organization that continues to operate at his university. As a founding partner, he brings the same spirit of community engagement to the studio. 


Dabeer is also actively involved at the Institute of Architects Pakistan; being elected on the Executive Committee for three tenures and is the youngest honorary secretary to serve in the organization.

Shehrebanu Nooruddin
B.Arch, IVSAA

Shehrebanu Nooruddin graduated from the Dr. B.N. College of Architecture, Pune, where she was awarded a Bachelors in Architecture and Interior Design, First Class with Distinction. 

While at college, she co-founded “Live on Katta”, a platform for students to engage in informal discussions with established designers. 

 

She worked for two years with Design Options in Karachi before joining the Open Door Design Studio in 2018. In 2020, Shehrebanu founded the Open Door Design Workshop with the intention to create a platform for research into alternate materials, specifically looking at reimagining waste to create building materials. Since its inception the workshop has been dabbling with experiments in waste wood, waste paper and waste plastic bottles, and has created a series of small products and interventions with these. Along with architecture, research and the design of small objects, she enjoys writing about architecture and nature.

Hammad Jamil
B.Arch, IVSAA

Hammad Jamil is a Project Architect at Open Door Design Studio. He graduated from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture with an overall Distinction and the prestigious Thariani Award for Architectural Design Excellence. Throughout his journey as a growing architect, phenomenological approaches have been the guiding force for his creative process. 

 

His undergraduate thesis explored the idea of ‘home and placeless-ness’ by delving deep into the notion of archetypal spaces that lend themselves to understanding and creating primitive atmospheres. These atmospheres help create a feeling of belonging and of being “placed”. 

 

Apart from design, Hammad spends his time running, cycling, illustrating and strives to lead a life of humility, meaning and purpose.

Rejah Khawar 
B.Arch, University of Karachi

Rejah Khawar is a Project Architect at Open Door Design Studio. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Karachi. Her thesis work focused on creating hybridized opportunities for public spaces within dense urban fabrics. She brings these sensibilities to the work she leads at the studio - always finding multiple meanings and opportunities within a single situation.

 

Previously she has worked with Yasmin Lari, Shahid Khan and Marvi Mazhar on projects of varying scales and use. These projects include vocational training centers, documentation of heritage buildings, and the Karachi Zoo Project. These projects highlight her desire to 

 

Rejah enjoys reading and uses photography to shed light on the mundane nature of everyday life.

Merziya Fatima
B.Arch, IVSAA

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Hira Rasool
B.Arch, NEDUET

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Wajiha Ashraf
B.Arch, IVSAA

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Maha
B.Arch, NCA

Maha Jazem Ali graduated from the National College of Arts (NCA) with a Bachelors in Architecture. Her thesis project concentrated on amalgamating fantasy and play to create an amusement park. The project focused on creating a series of spaces that may be used and interpreted differently at each time of use. She strives to bring these sensibilities to her everyday work and life with family and friends. 

Maha works in the Open Door Design Workshop where she is found playing with various forms and ideas. Currently she is working on research on paper mache, and reimagining the use of waste wood and plastic bottles with Sherubano Nooruddin.

Asim Shayan
B.Arch, IVSAA

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Nizaam
B.Arch, IVSAA

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