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Raised in the rural farmlands of Central New Jersey, Zain Islam-Hashmi is a first-generation Pakistani-American passionate about design experiences and global stewardship. Currently based in Washington DC, he works as a Designer with To Be Done Studio on projects involving communities around the country ranging from low-income housing to city revitalization efforts. He has worked for offices and non-profit organizations in Japan, Ghana, Pakistan and France, and has worked across a range of scales and disciplines such as architecture, industrial design, curation, fashion and production. His design and research work has been featured in several news articles and publications, as well as presented at conferences across the country.

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

Designer, To Be Done Studio

Remote 

2019 - 2020

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

The Pitt News, Alluminare

2019

Carnegie Mellon University, AIAS Honor Awards

2018

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ecolutions Fashion Show 

2018

Carnegie Mellon University, SoA Design Awards

2018

Made in PGH, Chroma

2018

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

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Washington, D.C.

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