Zain Islam-Hashmi | Maker

I am an aspiring designer currently working as a Design Associate at buildingcommunityWORKSHOP in Washington, D.C. I graduated in 2019 from Carnegie Mellon University's Bachelor of Architecture program with minors in Intelligent Environments and Architectural Design Fabrication. Raised in the rural farmlands of Central New Jersey, I am a first-generation Pakistani-American passionate about research, fabrication, materiality and global citizenship.

Throughout my career, I have gravitated towards fabrication and experimenting ways in which people and materials interact.  I view myself as a maker and choose to create from a broad range of domains and from a wide variety of materials. I seek to deepen the relationship people, environments, and materials have with one another through aspects of engagement, collaboration, and play. I value the hands-on process of making and look to join environments where I can learn new skills, trades, techniques and ways of working from others.  From making furniture pieces and garments to the design-build of structures and installations, I believe design goes beyond building environments to creating memories for people.  

With a basis in the architecture field, my interests and experiences have led me to intersect with other disciplines such as industrial design, curation, fashion and production.  By learning and working across a range of scales and materials, I aim to push the interactions and experiences possible between people, design, and the spaces they inhabit.  

When I am not making or gallivanting across the world, you can find me home reading, watching foreign films, taking photos on disposable cameras, or eating any dessert or spicy food that I can get my hands on.

Education 

2010 - 2014

Rutgers Preparatory School

2014 - 2019

Carnegie Mellon University

Honors: Dean’s List | College Honors 
Minors: Intelligent Environments & Architectural Design Fabrication
Thesis: Dirt Forms - Understanding & Implementing an Earthen Construction Collectivism in Pittsburgh

Experience

Current

Current

Design Associate, buildingcommunityWORKSHOP

Washington, D.C.

International Fellow, Domaine de Boisbuchet

Remote 

2018 - 2019

Digital Fabrication Lab Monitor, Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA USA

2018 - 2019

Head Design Coordinator, Lunar Gala

Pittsburgh, PA USA

2017 - 2019

Teaching Assistant, Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA USA

2018

Tour Guide & Staff Member, Domaine de Boisbuchet

Lessac, France 

2017

Volunteer, Weft

Yeboahkrom, Ghana

2016 

Intern, emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design 

Tokyo, Japan

2016

Intern, Arcop Associates

Karachi, Pakistan

2016

Intern, Marina Rubina Architect

Princeton, NJ USA

Achievements

2019

AIAS CRIT Scholar Research Program

2019

Awards for Artistic Excellence

2018

Burdett Assistantship

2018

Measuring & Monitoring Internship Fund

2018

AIAS Chapter President Honor Award

2018

Ecolutions Fashion Show Winner

2017

CRIT Live Research Symposium Presenter

2017

3rd Place Epic Metals Design Competition

Mentions

2019

2019

2019

The Pitt News, Alluminare

Carnegie Mellon University, AIAS Honor Awards

2018

2018

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ecolutions Fashion Show 

Carnegie Mellon University, SoA Design Awards

2018

2018

Made in PGH, Chroma

2017

Carnegie Mellon University, CRIT Live Research Symposium

2017

Trib Live, Material Worlds Fashion Show 

2017

Vice Magazine, Material Worlds Fashion Show 

2017

Trib Live, de·struo 

2017

Contact Me

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