Success Stories from BNU - Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts & Design - Azeem Hamid:
I am Azeem Hamid and I graduated with Bachelors in Visual Communication Design and a distinction from Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts & Design in 2015. Throughout my four years in college, I was immensely interested in design research, performing arts and social innovation and right now I am the Founding Partner and Creative Director at Rearts Pvt. Ltd which is a next generation company which empowers young performing artists to sustain, grow and generate an impact in their community.
My recent endeavors include a curatorial design project; ‘To Get Here: at the Centre Pompidou’ in Centre Pompidou, Paris. This was a real opportunity for me in situ transdisciplinary work which offered me the possibility of working in teams on subjects linked to the living museum as embodied by the Centre Pompidou. I was invited to approach the works, the collections, the site, and the missions of the museum with a designer’s eye. Furthermore, I am also involved in a collaboration with the Social Innovation Academy (SINA) in East Africa since 2017. This is my research project that I have designed as a trans-disciplinary exchange program where I work with design students from Pakistan and young refugees from across Africa to work on sustainable and socially innovative projects. The objective of the program is to explore and research on the possibilities of open design and participatory design in a communal work setting using design thinking as a problem-solving tool.
I have been extremely grateful and fortunate to have represented Pakistan globally in the field of art and design and have been awarded multiple accolades such as the ChangemakerXchange Fellowship - co-created by Ashoka and Robert Bosch Stiftung, DICE Fellowship by British Council and World Economic Forum - Global Shaper.
Currently, I am aiming to further my education and pursue my doctorate in Design and have been working as a visiting faculty member at the Department of Film, Television and Theatre at BNU and Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design.