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I like to embrace any free time to travel. There is nothing like experiencing different cultures and the architecture that I have read about. The comparatives between places visited highlights the differences, not only in architectural approach of buildings across the world, but the wider built environment, how people use space in between and create a sense of place. My next few posts will let the pictures do the talking…from Paris to Pakistan, Dubai to Kuala Lumpur, I was incredibly lucky last year.

Here a few photos from Pakistan February 2012.

Elephant Steps

Elephant Steps, Lahore Fort

View to Badshahi Masjid from Lahore Fort

View to Badshahi Masjid from Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort

Streetlife, Lahore

Streetlife, Lahore

Street Food, Lahore

Street Food, Lahore

Colour Popping Transport

Colour Popping Transport

Rickshaw

Rickshaw

Shopping, Faislabad

Shopping, Faislabad

Shopping, Faislabad

Shopping, Faislabad

Samundri, Street decoration

Samundri, Street decoration

Residential Street, Mian Chunnu

Residential Street, Mian Chunnu

Preparing food, Chak 482

Preparing food, Chak 482

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GSA Masters Group 38 Exhibition

Group 38 Exhibition, GSA.

Its the last day of 2011, I’ve returned home and I’ve been reflecting on one crazy year.

After finishing up with university I was worried about the current climate in the UK, thinking about unstable jobs, even worse, unemployment, but after this year, I’m thinking its not all doom and gloom if you use it to your advantage…it’s a chance to do different things and look outside the box. I have spent the year meeting many interesting people in the field, been to Toronto and had a chance to see great architecture, met a few starchitects, had time to visit and take part in exhibitions, completed my first book, graduated with masters, worked with 3DReid, spoke at a conference representing Glasgow School of Art, designed a small house in Pakistan, produced the drawings for a book with Robert Mantho from GSA, went to Beijing for an internship with Pansolution International, made connections with people from Tsinghua University and lastly I’ve started this blog which I’m really loving doing …not had a moments spare! I’ve earned a living while doing what I have chosen to and what I enjoy. I’ve had a variety of experience, which has kept the year interesting and exciting.

So to all the architecture students graduating in 2012 looking ahead and worrying, don’t, it will be ok, you just need to get up and go for it!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Here are some of my favourite pictures from the year.

B.

GSA Degree show party

GSA Degree Show Party – last with the Foulis & Newbery Tower buildings before new Steven Holl & JM architects addition.

Toronto

Daniel Libeskind’s addition to the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.

Graduation 3

Graduation, University of Glasgow.

with Zaha Hadid

Meeting with Zaha.

Glasgow Transport Museum

Opening of Zaha Hadid’s Transport Museum, Glasgow.

Glasgow Transport Museum 2

Opening of Zaha Hadid’s Transport Museum, Glasgow.

Velodrome Glasgow

3DReid construction site, Velodrome arena for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Hutong 2

Looking at hutong life, Beijing

Hutong 1

Looking at hutong life, Beijing

George Square

Glasgow’s George Square turned Philadelphia for Brad Pitt’s movie, World War Z.