Benzir is an architect and designer at STORIK, an interdisciplinary design and fabrication studio based in Suffolk, where she joined as director in 2018. She is passionate about the environment and the capacity architects have to design a better world for the future.
Prior to joining STORIK she was Project Architect at the RIBA award winning practice, Infinity Architects. During her time at the practice, Benzir has overseen and worked on projects across varied sectors and at all stages of the design process from concept to completion. Her formative professional career was based in the West Country and Wales, having worked for practices in Cornwall and Cardiff which specialised in historic building conservation and work within conservation areas and historic town sites.
Her approach to work is deeply influenced by her experiences of growing up in the multi-cultural environment offered by London’s east-end and the memories from the very early years of her life in Bangladesh. She became aware at an early age of the discourse between culture and the built environment. Her belief that architecture has a profound impact on people, the places they inhabit, and the effect this has on their quality of life has reinforced her commitment and approach to work, with the knowledge — that good design is a creative and collaborative process defined by observation and conscientious decision making which can create the potential for healthy living, social engagement, and can be a celebration of culture — that good design should be made accessible to everyone.
She completed her full architectural training at the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University, gaining a Merit in her Post-Graduate Diploma in Architectural Studies. Her Masters thesis and her ongoing studio research explores the cross cultural links between Art and Architecture and the works of interdisciplinary practitioners. In the STORIK studio, she and her partner work on innovative architectural, automotive and sculptural projects for clients and community partners in the UK and abroad. She is interested in site specific design, craftsmanship, process and the celebration of materiality. Their in-house design studio and atelier facilitate a range of processes from prototyping to fabrication, as well as model making.
Benzir is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), an active member of the Suffolk RIBA and its Design Awards Panel, and she enjoys creating collaborative links between academia and practice through her mentoring and teaching involvement at the University of Suffolk.
She has a keen interest in creative writing, film, installations and sculpture. Out of the studio, she is a keen gardener, an aspiring ceramicist and metal-shaper learning the art of motorcycle maintenance.