Omar Eqbal

Omar Eqbal

London, GB

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An architect, a maker and an environmentalist, on a mission, to erect quality space that enriches day to day lives of people—having delivered commercial, residential and research projects. I believe collaboration and teamwork is the key to bring a building of quality to life. I aim to design buildings that with time appear as if it was part of the environment. I believe architecture has the power to harmonise the natural and human-made environment. It is an integral part of our lives and radically dictates how we live.
I have a strong inclination towards exploration and interested in the entire building process (from concept to construction). I consider myself as a team player with excellent communication skill, practical understanding, creative flair and technical skills. 



Median Design, Mumbai, IN, Research Assistant

Under the apprenticeship of Tejas Sidnal (Director of AA Visiting School, India).
We investigated how we could resolve the global air pollution within the infrastructure and create innovative solutions to combat climate change.
The ambition of the research was to develop a facade system that sucks polluted air and extracts the carbon releasing pollution-free air indoor.

* Research on ways to capture carbon particles.
* Prototyping the designs.
* Documentation of daily progress.

May 2018 - Aug 2018

Al-Saqf Engineering Consultancy, Salalah, OM, Architectural Assistant

At Al-Saqf consultancy, I was involved in various design projects both in the office and on-site. I was working closely with architects, engineers and project managers as well as meeting clients when required.

A usual day in the office would turn out handling the following tasks:

* Hand sketching, 3D modelling and detailing technical plans using (BIM) software.
* Designing plans, following building laws and safety regulations.
* Finding cost-effective ways to work within budgets.
* Choosing or advising on materials.
* Visiting sites to check building work and progress.
* Communicating and sharing ideas with clients, other architects, engineers and workers.

Jan 2017 - Apr 2018


Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), London, GB, MArch, Design and Make

Architectural engineering and Making of a 1:1 scale Pavilion, to showcase the research done in Thesis.
We designed and made the Free Form Steam Bending pavilion. It is the result of a body material research and experimentation executed by Omar Eqbal, Hassan Danish, Luis Gill, Raza Kazim.
The primary driver of the design process combines the traditional method of steam bending with computational fabrication technique to design a parametric structure with inherent structural and manipulable potentials of timber.

Sep 2018 - Jan 2020

Manipal University, Manipal School of Architecture and Planning., Udupi, IN, BArch, Architectural Design

The undergraduate studies at the Manipal University facilitated insights into Architectural design and urban planning, laced with an underlying issue of sustainability all along.
It also included several hands-on workshops like CEASID Pune, making a wall with compressed earth blocks; Bamboo joinery workshop at National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli.

A detailed list of subjects studied during the undergraduate programme:
Architectural Design
Building Construction and Material
Architectural Graphics
History of Architecture
Society and Built Environment
Environmental Studies
Building Services
Principles of Architecture
Computer-Aided Design
Landscape Design
Building Code and Bye-Laws
Passive Environmental Architecture
Specifications and Estimations
Human Settlements
Research Techniques
Tall Buildings
Advanced Urban Design
Dissertation on Islamic architecture geometry
Thesis Project on the proposal for an Islamic cultural centre in Sa'adah Oman

Jun 2012 - May 2017

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