Two Worlds Design

Hamza Shaikh

Architecture is where the outer world meets the inner world. Discover the hidden potential of Architecture with Hamza Shaikh as he speaks to extraordinary professionals in the field of design. This podcast is available on audio and video - visit website for more information.

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In this episode, I speak with Rishabh Wadhwa, creator of the popular architecture YouTube channel BlessedArch. Rishabh and I speak about the challenges in running social media platforms as students & architects. We openly spoke about how much money YouTubers/influencers can actually make. We also discussed ways in which people can drastically improve their career opportunities by being active on Instagram and YouTube.  BlessedArch: "From Cities to the device you are using to view this, everything has design behind it and I am trying to uncover it. On this channel you will find everything design related, unearthing how things are made, understanding their structure, analyzing their core ideas. Find yourself immersed in the world of design and the process behind it." You can tune in to the Two Worlds Design podcast on all major streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and more here:  

Nov 28

1 hr 25 min

In this episode, I speak with Charlie Edmonds, co-founder of the Future Architects Front (FAF).  In the last year, the FAF and Charlie have been making waves in the field of Architecture raising massive awareness around the exploitation of architectural assistants in the UK. His campaign started as an Instagram poll and transformed into a national survey that was headed by the Architects' Journal. As a result of his whistleblowing campaign and continual social media activism, the Architectural Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) initiated institutional and systematic changes to address the issues and mistreatment experienced by those at the bottom of the profession.  "Future Architects Front are an informal organisation of young architectural practitioners and students. We are a fully independent group and exist beyond the pressures and interests of architectural practice, education, and media. We operate in a number of different capacities, from research to activism to quasi-political campaigning. FAF was created and is run by Charlie Edmonds and Priti Mohandas, British designers and researchers. The pair met and began the work of FAF while conducting their Master’s in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Cambridge." You can tune in to the Two Worlds Design podcast on all major streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and more here:  

Nov 14

1 hr 25 min

In this episode, I spoke to Marcus Fairs, The Editor in Chief and founder of Dezeen. The world’s most influential design magazine. Now I’m gonna be honest with you, I was a little nervous for this one. Because I’ve known the name Marcus Fairs since the early days of university, and Dezeen has had a huge impact not just on me but the entire field of Architecture. It’s changed the discourse. I never thought I’d be sat opposite its founder asking him questions about how he partied with Kanye West and flirted with Zaha Hadid. But Marcus was not an easy person to interview, probably because HE'S normally the one asking the questions! The story of how he started Dezeen is funny, inspiring, and shocking at times. We spoke about how him getting fired was the first step to starting the journey and how spending 1 hour a day working on his passion was the key to success. You’re listening to episode 14 of the Two Worlds Design podcast and I'm your host, Hamza Shaikh.

May 25

1 hr 9 min

In this episode, I spoke to Tabish Khan, 'The People’s Art Critic'. Tabish is a London-based art critic and regular writer for the Londonist and FAD Magazine. But he is also a biomedical scientist who cuts up dead bodies, but don’t worry that’s just part of his job.  Tabish is a really unique person because from his scientific education, he transitioned inadvertently into becoming an acclaimed art critic with a huge and growing following. He regularly visits architectural projects and has a keen interest in the art of building. So who better to ask if a building is beautiful than him? Because the rest of us certainly aren’t going to agree on it. His insights helped me to understand the deep connections between art and architecture. We spoke about how art is ascribed value by crowd-perception, and we deliberated on who the real Banksy is!   You’re listening to episode 13 of the Two Worlds Design podcast and I'm your host, Hamza Shaikh.

May 11

1 hr 54 min

This episode is Part 2 of my conversation with Rion Willard, Architect, Business consultant, and host of the Business of Architecture Podcast UK. So if you haven't heard episode 13 yet, make sure you do.  Our conversation continued into understanding the deeper aspects of deriving maximum value with minimal effort as architects. But what was even more striking was Rion’s insights into how some practices are breaking all traditional conventions in the way they monetise their work!  We also talked about the downfalls and successes of architectural education and how universities can improve their student’s business literacy.  But wait till you hear what he thinks Architects can learn from McDonald’s! This episode will be a brilliant resource for myself to re-listen to every time I need motivation. And I know, this will be a useful resource for you too.  You’re listening to episode 12.2 of the Two Worlds Design podcast and I'm your host, Hamza Shaikh.   

Apr 27

1 hr 29 min

In this episode, I spoke to Rion Willard, Architect, Business consultant, and host of the Business of Architecture Podcast UK. Let’s talk Money… Or better yet, let’s talk VALUE. Architects are often illiterate when it comes to the art of making money, yet some designers and architects are multi-multi millionaires. So what makes design worth a lot of money? This question always bugged me, and today I am lucky enough to be joined by a business specialist in architecture. Rion graduated from the Bartlett and went on a spiritual sales journey around Australia. He later discovered his passion for bringing more monetary value to architects by revealing their multidisciplinary potential.  This episode was so filled with valuable insights that we spoke for 3 hours straight. Strap yourself in for Part 1 of this journey into unlocking your true potential as an architectural entrepreneur.   You’re listening to episode 12.1 of the Two Worlds Design podcast and I'm your host, Hamza Shaikh

Apr 13

1 hr 24 min

In this episode, I spoke to Marly Weeman, a specialist in Dutch Art, Architecture, and Social Discourse. This episode is really special to me because it was actually recorded in Rotterdam inside a historic architectural landmark. I met Marly at the Kiefhoek Social Housing estate as she gave us a guided tour around one of the most important social housing projects in modernist architecture history. It was designed by the renowned architect JJP Oud, who is considered to be one of the Big 4. During our tour, I was mesmerised by Marly’s passion, knowledge, and wonderment for the project that it inspired me to approach her for a podcast episode.  And she said yes! But not just that. She got special permission for us to film the episode inside one of the Iconic Houses. It was a day I will never forget and I learnt so much about modernist history! You’re listening to episode 11 of the Two Worlds Design podcast and I'm your host, Hamza Shaikh 

Mar 30

1 hr 35 min

This episode is Part 2 of my conversation with Chris Hildrey, Architect turned social entrepreneur. So if you haven’t heard episode 10, make sure you do before this one. Chris and I continued to speak about his unique architectural journey into starting a social enterprise to try and solve homelessness. We also discussed how the solution to an architectural brief doesn’t always have to be a building. But we also touched on a controversial topic: unpaid internships… which Chris has actually done some extensive research on. I think you could be very surprised by his findings. We also spoke about how London underground has its very own species of mosquitos, AND how he almost died in a sewer during a site visit! At the end of this episode, Chris shares some profound advice for young practitioners and students of architecture which really helped me to stay motivated and true to my passions. You’re listening to episode 10.2 of the Two Worlds Design podcast and I'm your host, Hamza Shaikh. 

Mar 16

1 hr 38 min

In this episode, I spoke to Chris Hildrey, Architect turned social entrepreneur I'm gonna be honest with you. Editing this episode was not easy - because the amount of wisdom that Chris had in store for us was very difficult to keep track of. Nearly every sentence that came out of his mouth was of immense value for young architectural practitioners.  Chris recently has had huge success with his project called Proxy Address, which is a database and social enterprise he created to help homeless people integrate back into society. And the way he did it is incredibly smart and innovative. But what’s even more surprising is that he was educated and continues to practice as an architect. I don't know anyone better than Chris at proving that architects have the potential to be multidisciplinary change-makers. I learned so much from Chris that we had to do 2 episodes.  You’re listening to episode 10.1 of the Two Worlds Design podcast and I'm your host, Hamza Shaikh. 

Mar 2

1 hr 24 min

In this episode, I spoke to Anna Ulrikke Andersen an award-winning filmmaker and architectural historian. During her fellowship at Harvard, Anna made a series of films exploring the spatial experiences of people living with chronic illnesses. Her research fuses architecture, history, and film-making into original works of film that have resulted in her research being screened at various international film festivals.  Oh, and she is a historical expert on windows! Which got her an exclusive episode on the BBC's hit podcast show: Boring Talks. But this episode is far from boring. We spoke about how horror movies use architecture in strange ways. We also spoke about Shia Labeouf’s artistic experiments, and how you could make an award-winning movie with just your iPhone. This episode made me realise just how incredibly similar the field of architecture is to filmmaking… You’re listening to episode 9 of the Two Worlds Design podcast and I’m your host, Hamza Shaikh.

Feb 16

1 hr 40 min

In this episode, I spoke to Dr. Eleanor Ratcliffe, an acclaimed Researcher of Environmental Psychology at the University of Surrey Have you ever wondered whether the spaces and places around you have an effect on your behaviour? Or did you ever think deeply into whether incorporating nature within architecture actually improves your experience?    This episode is mind-blowing. Because I actually got to ask a scientist and professor of psychology whether you can measure happiness! And you won’t believe her answer.  I have always been fascinated with the field of psychology and how architects and designers can learn more from its findings.  This episode is filled with super fun facts and examples of crazy experiments. We even spoke about how one experiment proved that architecture can affect the way you taste ice cream! That's right, I said ice cream. You’re listening to episode 8 of the Two Worlds Design podcast and I’m your host, Hamza Shaikh. 

Feb 2

1 hr 14 min

In this episode, I spoke to Arthur Mamou-Mani, Architect, Tutor, and acclaimed parametric innovator. 3d printing pavilions out of wood & bioplastics, designing nature-inspired temples for the burning man festival, and even being featured in a Netflix show are just some of the things that have brought Arthur a lot of attention in the design world.      When it comes to the future of our profession as architects and designers, talking about coding, parametric design, and robots can feel very intimidating. But not with Arthur. He makes it feel simply natural.  As someone who graduated from the Architectural Association and later went on to work at Zaha Hadid Architects, Arthur's deep insights and fascination with learning design from nature will leave you feeling inspired. I could have spoken to him for hours longer because it felt as if I was speaking to a wise mentor. You’re listening to episode 7 of the Two Worlds Design podcast and I’m your host, Hamza Shaikh.

Jan 19

1 hr 28 min

In this episode, Hamza Shaikh speaks to Angela Brady, Ex-President of the Royal Institute of British Architects.   It’s not often that you get to sit down with a  president of one of the world’s most influential architectural bodies. She was elected in 2011 and was the 2nd ever woman to serve as a president for the RIBA in its 100-year history. Now, I didn’t hold back from asking Angela the difficult questions. We spoke about gender inequality and debated about how filling quotas is a really bad idea. We also spoke about unpaid internships and discussed the deteriorating mental health of students. This episode is really special because  Angela has a powerful and motivating aura about her. I learned so many things from her including how the RIBA doesn’t get everything right - but also, how to take charge of your problems and how to be more confident as a student… You’re listening to episode 6 of the Two Worlds Design podcast and I’m your host, Hamza Shaikh

Jan 5

1 hr 21 min

Two Worlds Design is an architecture and design podcast series aimed at discovering the hidden potential of Architecture by speaking with extraordinary people. Hosted by Hamza Shaikh.

Jan 4

1 min 4 sec

In this episode, Hamza Shaikh quizzes the ex-president of the RIBA on her Starchitect knowledge! But there's a slight twist that she wasn't expecting...

Jan 1

11 min 18 sec

In this episode, we cover the life and career of renowned architect Sean Griffiths, his past and current design principles including the journey of FAT Architecture, and the philosophy of Indeterminate Design. Sean Griffiths is an artist, architect, and academic. He practices architecture as Modern Architect, is a professor of architecture at the University of Westminster, and a visiting professor of architecture at Yale University. He was a founding director of the art/architecture practice FAT (Fashion Architecture Taste) between 1991 and 2014. Sean is a heavyweight in the Architecture world and has been closely linked to the Godfather and mother of postmodern architecture, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, having met them several times. Watch the episode on YouTube at: Music: Leaf by KV

Oct 2019

1 hr 49 min

In this episode, we cover the ways in which blind people interact with architecture, as well as pressing issues around disability, access and equality for the disabled in architecture. I am so excited to say we are joined by Mandy Redvers Rowe. Mandy is a writer and director and has worked in theatre for nearly thirty years. She has been a Youth Theatre Director with Liverpool Playhouse; The Artistic Director for North West Disability Arts forum; a Disability Arts Lecturer at LIPA; Applied Theatre lecturer at Hope University and is currently Head of Participation at Collective Encounters, a Theatre For Social Change Company based in Liverpool. Her freelance career has seen her writing for stage, radio, and television, acting, directing. Mandy is currently pursuing her successful freelance career, lecturing, writing, and leading workshops around the UK. Watch the episode on YouTube at: Music: Leaf by KV

Oct 2019

1 hr 49 min

Welcome to the Design Talks podcast brought to you by Two Worlds Design; where we uncover the ways in which Architecture can create change, by sharing unique insights and ideas from extraordinary people. In this episode we cover how to make amazing architectural drawings, the controversial Bartlett culture, the importance of storytelling and vast advice for architecture students. And we are proud to be joined by Eric Wong. Eric completed his undergraduate degree at Cardiff University and later graduated with a masters from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He was nominated for the RIBA President’s Silver Medal and is a recipient of the Bartlett School of Architecture Medal for outstanding academic achievements in professional performance, the Sir Banister Fletcher Medal for highest marks in Part 2 graduate studies and the Fitzroy Robinson Drawing Prize for best drawings in Part 2 graduate studies. He later completed his Part III professional studies at the University of Cambridge where he qualified as an Architect. Eric is currently a tutor at Greenwich University leading a studio of Part 1 students, and he also works as an architect at AHMM. Watch the episode on YouTube at: Music: Leaf by KV

Sep 2019

1 hr 20 min

In this episode, we cover surviving architecture school, alternative ways of succeeding as an architect or designer, how to be entrepreneurial, and the value of ornament. Adam pursues research through his studio ‘Productive Exuberance’ at Central St Martins, and the Research Group ‘Saturated Space’ which he runs at the Architectural Association, exploring colour in Architecture and Urbanism through events, lectures and publications. He was a Designer in Residence at the Design Museum in London for 2013-14, was appointed one of the Evening Standard’s “1000 Most Influential Londoners of 2018”, and was awarded the Blueprint Award for best small project 2018. Watch the episode on YouTube at: Music: Leaf by KV

Aug 2019

1 hr 11 min

In this episode, we cover issues on identity, the evolution of mosques and places of worship, ideas on new sacred spaces, and potential for common ground for the secular and religious. Shahed Saleem is a practicing architect and a design studio leader at the University of Westminster School of Architecture. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture. His particular research and practice interests are in the architecture of migrant and post-migrant communities, and in particular, their relationship to notions of heritage, belonging, and nationhood. His design work has been nominated for the V&A Jameel Prize 2013 and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016. Shahed has recently released an incredible new book titled, ‘The British Mosque’, in partnership with Historic England. We reference this book throughout the episode – and I definitely recommend it. Watch the episode on YouTube at:  Music: Leaf by KV

Aug 2019

1 hr 16 min