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Sanaa Shaikh

Sanaa Shaikh

Founder, Native Studio

An Architect, educator and activist with a passion for inclusion in the built environment. After graduating from the Bartlett and the Architectural Association, Sanaa worked for various London based practices.  She was a partner at MAKE for 5 years where she worked on and led large scale commercial projects in the Bahamas, Mumbai and Birmingham. She then practiced at Studio Egret West working with larger scale masterplans and residential projects in London concentrating on the symbiosis of nature and the built environment.

Simultaneously she has worked to encourage wider participation in the built environment from marginalised groups and has designed, led and participated in workshops with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, Construction Youth Trust, Open City, East London schools and the Manchester Museum. Further to this she has been involved in smaller scale installations and workshops that facilitate community participation and involvement in the shaping of the built environment.

Sanaa teaches, examines and critiques at various universities, encouraging the discourse between education and practice at the Architectural Association, Oxford Brookes University and Central Saint Martins.

Through all endeavours, she seeks to integrate and enable groups to learn from each other to enrich and inspire. It is such values that underlie the practice’s approach.