Hanif Kara
Hanif Kara
Co-founder and design director
AKT II

Hanif Kara (FRAE FIStructE FICE FRIBA FRSA OBE) has just this year received the Order of the British Empire for his services to engineering, architecture, and education.

He contributes 40 years of experience in the delivery and strategic leadership of design.

He’s most prominently a co-founder and design-director of the London-based engineering practice AKT II, which today offers an emblem of representation within the traditionally male-dominated sector; the company unites 350 staff, with 50 cultural backgrounds (two of the three founders are African-British), while 37% of the team identify as female and non-binary – a metric which is steadily growing with each year’s graduate intake.

Hanif is furthermore a professor in practice of architectural technology with the Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD), having also tutored with London’s Architectural Association School of Architecture (the AA) as well as for several further institutions throughout the UK and wider Europe.

And he routinely serves as a strategic advisor for international architectural, civic and media organisations. These include the Aga Khan Foundation, the World Architecture Festival, the National Infrastructure Commission, the Design Council, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Society of Arts, the African Futures Institute, the UK’s Women in Architecture organisation, the Architects’ Journal, the Dezeen Awards, and numerous others.