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Personal profile

Biography

  • 1983: BSc (Hons)
  • 1986: AA Dip. Arch
  • 1991: Member of RIBA

Biography

Experience

Job Title | Company | Dates From - To

Assistant architect 1986 – 1989: Branson Coates Architecture, London

Assistant architects 1989 – 1991: John Brunton Partnership, Bradford / Leeds

Founding Partner 1991 – 2007: Vj Q Architects, Bradford

Studio Design Tutor: Leeds Metropolitan University (part time) 1991 - 1992

Studio Design Tutor: Manchester School of Architecture (part time) 1993 - 2002

Studio Design Tutor: Sheffield University – Architecture (part time) 2003 - 2005

Senior Lecturer: University of Huddersfield – Architecture (part time) 2005 – 2009

Founding / Associate Partner 2007 – present: DS-N Architects LLP, Bradford

Senior Lecturer: University of Huddersfield – Architecture (full time) 2009 – 2017, (0.5 post) 2017 – present.

Part Time Studio Tutor in Architecture @Salford University 2017 – present

Biography

Charted Architect, British (of Indian origin), lived in Bradford for majority of my working life to date. Graduated from Architectural Association, London in 1986.

Fell into Architecture as a result of love for technical drawing, leaving school, gained an apprenticeship at a local Architectural practice before going to London to study Architecture in 1980. Spent some time working for well-known practices in London before setting up VJQ Architects, as a young practice engaged in number of healthcare and Religious buildings including private bespoke residential designs, and other crafted works where clients looking for a personalised architecture. Many of the works were published in Architectural Journals, presenting a platform to debate, explore and engage in the importance of how architecture can play a key role in not simply providing a space for function but how Architecture can express our cultural advancement at all levels, from the visual material and technological achievements to the more emotive aspects of architecture in creating places of emotional well-being.

This enquiry in search of architecture beyond utility lead to career in both, the practice of architecture and Academia. Teaching and working at Manchester, Sheffield and Huddersfield Universities as a senior lecturer, whilst engaged in select practice works and International Architectural competitions. Achieving commendation for a Housing project in Manchester for Urban Splash, and more recently completed the Ilkley Rugby club as a partner with Design Studio North, Architects

Currently involved with Hindu Culture Society for a new Centre on Leeds Road where this small project engages in creating a sense of place that is both a re-interpretation of the historical symbolism found in Hindu temples and its place in modern Britain, creating a sense of place which is fitting and celebrates our diverse cultural richness.