Hanif Kara is a practising Structural Engineer, the Pierce Anderson Lecturer in Creative Engineering at Harvard School of Design and Visiting Professor for Architectural Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden since 2008.
As Design Director and co-founder of Adams Kara Taylor (AKT est 1996), his curiosity and ‘design-led’ approach with interests in innovative form, material uses, complex analysis methods have allowed him to work on award-winning, pioneering projects.
His career extends beyond the structural engineering disciplines and led to his appointment as a commissioner for CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment); the fi rst engineer to hold this post for the government watchdog that monitors the quality of design throughout the United Kingdom. In March of 2007 he was appointed as one of 15 members of the Design for London Advisory Group to the Mayor of London.
His constructed work is recognised as being linked with the research and education areas of design. He has been teaching at various architectural schools in Britain, Europe and the USA since 1996. He co-tutored a Diploma Unit at the Architectural Association in London from 2000 to 2004, acted as a consultant for the AA Design Research Lab (DRL) for a number of years and was an external examiner at the AA from 2005 to 2008.
Hanif was selected for the Master Jury for the 2004 cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and served as a project reviewer in 2007 and 2010. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2007. Hanif is also on the board or trustees of the Architecture Foundation and in 2011 the ACE Engineering Ambassador of the Year Award. He is one of the jurors for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2011.
Bachelor of Science Honors (BSc (Hons))
Fellow of the Institute of Structural Engineers (FIStructE)
Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (Hon FRIBA)
Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers (FICE)
Chartered Engineer (CEng)