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I would categorize my 11 years of professional career in the following manner:

as junior architect (1998 - 2005) After graduating with a degree of Architecture from UET Lahore in July 1988, the first seven years of my professional practice had been in Pakistan. Initially I worked with one of the country's best architects and Interior designers like DGP - Design Group Practice, IDS - Impact Design Studio and with a renowned architect Qaiser Hasan in Islamabad. The nature of the projects ranged from pure architecture like town houses, apartment buildings, farm houses, commercial/ mix use retail buildings to the interior designing that included retail, franchise outlets, office interiors, boutiques, airline offices & large scale multinational corporate office setups. The nature of responsibilities grew with the time, as I started as assisting in planning, sketching, drafting, detailing & presentations etc.

All those years, I had been involved specially in the CAD drafting, 3d visualization and the art of presentation.

as project architect (2005-2006) In April 2005, I got the opportunity to join the team of world renowned architect and master planner Teo Ah Khing in a firm called TAK Management Consultants Sdn Bhd - a sister concern of TAK Group of Companies based in Malaysia. The firm at that time had recently won a design competition for the 'City within a City' - development of sectors E-10 & D-11 in Islamabad,a project comprising of a 2500 hectare master plan and architecture of the office complex for NGC - New General Head Quarters. As a project architect in Islamabad, I had been managing multi tasks as a liaison person for all the diverse activities, procedures, besides that I was actively involved as a member of the concept development team handling architecture of Office Complex for 7000 employees.

During that time I was also involved in the projects such as BOG - Bahria Oriental Gardens, a 100 acre themed Architecture dwelling comprising of Villas, Studio Shop Apartments, High Rise Apartments, retail outlets, with state of the art other complete amenities besides the Signature Projects of Emaar Properties (Pakistan), a detailed Architecture and Engineering package for prototype luxurious villas in Tuscan, Spanish, Moorish & Mediterranean style.

I learned extensively the different phases of the project, through a multi discipline coordination of team work that has given me a certain level of maturity to resolve the design issues with a different approach.

as design architect (2006-2008) - I term this time period as a breakthrough in my professional career so far as the TAK Design Consultants after shifting their head office in Dubai, gave me an opportunity to relocate in Dubai to work on Meydan Grandstand - world's longest grandstand structure (1000m), the first of its kind with a Banyan Tree boutique Five Star Hotel and a Godolphin Museum. During my stay in TAK Dubai office till 2008, I saw a major expansion within a company that grew its staff from 50 to 500 in a span of one and a half years. I had survived tremendous project deadline pressures through my hardship and determination as being one of the few to have worked upon the signature project. Because of my keen interest in the 3d visualization expertise, I had been assigned to diagnose and rectify the sight lines throughout the grandstand, besides managing design of the state of art Royal Enclosure for His Highness and the royal family.

It was altogether a memorable and different experience to have worked with the specialists like Arup and curtain wall specialists Nihon Sekkei from Japan.

The firm gave me ample other opportunities to flourish my master planning design skills in the project of EEC - Emirates Equestrian Centre together with a 75 acre of exclusive high end Associate housing, also to mention the Banyan Tree Resort and Spa in the proximity of Grandstand at Nad Al Sheba, Dubai.

It is worth mentioning about the world's first ever dine in theatre, Meydan Outdoor Desert Theatre at Bab Al Sham, with a capacity of 6000 persons, that has already completed its phase I in march 2008. I had been the senior member of a very small design team of 03 architects designated to complete the fast track project in a record time as directed by His Highness to meet the deadline of a launch ceremony of Horse Race World Cup 2008.

I consider myself to be fortunate to work on a Fortune Blossom 101, a 500m over high rise tower in the Business Bay - new business districtof Dubai. Our team had joined ventured with Nihon Sekkei from Japan to conceptualize a unique blossomed form of structure. During several design workshops held with our Japanese counterparts, I learned a great deal in designing a fluid curving structures with an efficient and functional rectilinear cores.

as senior design architect (2008-2009) - In July 2008, I was offered an opportunity from Sama Dubai (members of Dubai Holdings), to join their in house design development team for iconic developments around many parts of the world. As a manager of newly recruited design development team, I consider the present role as a new challenge. To start with I have been managing design development and technical coordination on projects in Yiti, Oman - Design Development of Golf Residential Villas in a traditional architectural outlook, and the Mix Use Development in Amwaj, Morocco, again in a traditional stylization.

After all those years of professional practice, I feel that there has been a steady progress in my career. I always look up to new endeavors to learn more in life.

Work experience

Jul 2008Apr 2009

Senior Design Architect

Sama Dubai

Duties & Responsibilities:

Managing Detail Design Development

Technical Coordination

Supervision of Drawing Documentation


Bouregreg Mix Use Development, Rabat-Morocco

Estimated Project Cost: AED 2.24 Billion

Stage: Schematic & Design Development Stage

Completion: Phase 1 2011

Involvement: Master Planning & Architecture at Design Development Stage

Reporting to: Director Technical

No. of Team Members: 10

Scope of Work:

I.Pre Planning Structural Grid analysis

II.Establishing the standardized modular system of layouts for economy, construction time etc

III.Integrated basement parking (3000 cars) system for all the development

IV.Determining and coordination of all the servicing of Retail, maintenance/ emergency access

V.Supervision and in charge of schematic design production

Salam Golf Resort & Spa, Yiti-Oman

Estimated Project Cost: AED 3 Billion

Stage: Schematic & Design Development Stage, Reclamation at Site

Completion: 2012 (Delayed)

Involvement: Master Planning & Architecture at Concept Design Stage

Reporting to: Director Technical

No. of Team Members: 5

Scope of Work (Advanced Model Phase I):

I.Design development of high end villas of 9 various types

II.Establishing the DNA for Oman traditional architectural stylization

III.Development of Book of Details for all elevation features at the design intent stage

IV.Supervision and in charge of schematic design production

Apr 2005May 2008

Design Architect

TAK Design Consultants

Duties & Responsibilities:

Member XEDL (Xtreme Environmental Design Laboratory) Design Team

Design & Technical Coordination

Research Coordinator

3d Studies

Documentation Coordination

Presentation Development


Estimated Project Cost: USD 2 Billion

Scope of Work:

I.Liaison Architect in Pakistan for master plan developments and client coordination

II.Team member for architectural concept development of office complex

III.Client coordination and development of detail design requirement matrix

IV.Detail planning of all the directorates based on design matrix


Estimated Project Cost: USD 2.4 billion (total project cost)

Scope of Work:

I.Architectural Design review for adaptation and modification to local conditions regarding usability, cost, construction, material availability

II.Coordination with local MEP consultants for design modifications

III.Coordination and preparation of BOQ for tender package


Estimated Project Cost: AED 4.6 Billion

Scope of Work:

I.Initial concept development of Overall building form

II.Transforming client brief into initial planning

III.Initial concept of Godolphin Gallery, design intent coordination with Arup

IV.Detail design of Royal Enclosure – Coordination with C&S, MEP (Arup Eng - Malaysia) and Curtain Wall Specialist (Nihon Sekkei – Japan)

V.Extensive and critical sightline studies for optimum views of the race track through sections and computer generated models

VI.Detail planning of food court and retail

VII.Concept planning of parade ring restaurant, services, circulation studies


Estimated Project Cost: AED 4 Billion

Scope of Work:

I.Member design team for concept development

II.Form research studies and case studies

III.Design Workshops with Nikken Sekkei Ltd (JV Design Partner)

IV.Detail design development – Core, circulation, floor planning (mixed use)

V.Design Intent coordination with C&S consultants (Ove-Arup)


Estimated Project Cost: AED 1.8 Billion

Scope of Work:

I.Conceptual master plan development of EEC components and Associated Housing

II.Coordinating with client, operator for initial planning

III.Detail overall master plan

IV.Document preparation and coordination with DM for submissions and NOC

V.Architecture development of various components like Indoor, Outdoor Arenas, horse barns of various categories (Quarantine, Livery, Dressage, Riding, Show Jump)

VI.Tender document package preparation for Phase 1, to be operative by November 2008

VII.Coordination with C&S, MEP consultants (Meinhardt-Dubai)


Estimated Project Cost: Not Known

Scope of Work:

I.Conceptual master plan development with redefining of water channel

II.Architectural development of all villa types

III.Architectural development of front of house, back of house and spa facilities

IV.Conducting design workshops with the BTR operator

V.Coordination with in house disciplines (planning, landscape, engineering)

Nov 2002Oct 2004

Managing Architect

Architectural Design Systems

Duties & Responsibilities

Client dealing

Design development

Design coordination

Design studio management

Drawing production

Presentation development


Architecture - U.A.E Embassy complex, Housing in Islamabad

Master Planning & Architecture SST School Complex, Sindh

Architecture - Karakurram Apartments, Islamabad

Architecture - Savoy Apartments, Islamabad

Architecture & Interior - Rahat Shopping Mall, Rawalpindi

Architecture & Interior - Gun Club, Sports Complex Islamabad

Architecture & Landscape – Melody Food Street, Islamabad

Architecture - Residence of Air Chief, Rawalpindi

Nov 2000Oct 2002

Assistant Team Leader

Impact Design Studio

Duties & Responsibilities:

Member Design Team

Studio Design monitoring

Quality Control

Studio Management

Time Targeting

Presentation Development

Fabrication Supervision.


I.InteriorDesign - Bassment Café, Islamabad Marriott Hotel

II.InteriorDesign – Marquee Banquet Hall, Islamabad Marriott Hotel

III.InteriorDesign - Shaznur Boutique, Pearl Continental Hotel Lahore

IV.InteriorDesign - Nike Outlets, Countrywide Outlets

V.InteriorDesign - Premier Kufpec Office, ETB Islamabad

VI.InteriorDesign - British Airways Office, Islamabad Serena Hotel

VII.Architecture& Interior – Residence of Mr. Hashwani, F-6/3, Islamabad

VIII.Exhibit Design – Stall Design for Kestral Trading, IDEAS 2000, Karachi

IX.Stage Design – Shweta Shetty Concert, UAE Embassy

Apr 1998Oct 2000

Junior Design Architect

Design Group Practise

Duties & Responsibilities:

Conceptual Design

Detail Shop Drawings

Presentation Development.


I.Architecture - PMHA Housing Scheme, Islamabad

II.Architecture& Interior - Palace of Prince Turky Al Saud, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

III.Architecture – Villa for Saif-ur-Rehman, Chak Shahzad, Islamabad


Usman Salim Khan

Imad Kayyali

Ex Director Technical at Sama Dubai

Fady Khalife


Mar 1992Jun 1998


University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore

Undergraduate Program

Basic Design

Material & Construction

History of Civilization

Graphics & Model Making

Surveying & Levelling

Computer Applications

Physical Environmental Studies

Structural Systems

Architectural Design

Research Methodology

Landscape & Environment

Introduction to Interior Design

Mar 1987Jun 1989


Grammar Foundation School


Corel Suite
Adobe Photoshop
3d Studio Max
Freehand Sketching




Pakistan Institute of Architects and Town Planners

Associate Member

Institute of Architects Pakistan

Associate Member

Pakistan Institute of Interior Design