Native Studio is an RIBA chartered design and architecture practice that seeks to create accessible and inclusive places and spaces.
Through investigating the physical, social and cultural environments specific to a place, we look to enhance and enrich these qualities in our approach towards the built environment.
This might mean ensuring a design visually represents the community it serves, or implementing a range of environments within a building to meet different users comforts, or ensuring a project reinstates any biodiversity lost in its conception.
Working across residential, commercial and public sectors at a range of scales, our work varies from designing and implementing workshops to facilitate stakeholder engagement and interest, to the conception and construction of larger scale buildings and spaces.
Native Studio aims to respond to the aspirations and requirements of the clients, communities and contexts it works with looking to create a built environment that is both inclusive and joyful.
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Native Studio is founded by Sanaa Shaikh.
An Architect, educator and activist with a passion for inclusion in the built environment. After graduating from the Bartlett and the Architectural Association, Sanaa worked for various London based practices. She was a partner at MAKE for 5 years where she led large scale commercial projects in the Bahamas, Mumbai and Birmingham. She then practiced at Studio Egret West working with larger scale masterplans and residential projects in London concentrating on the symbiosis of nature and the built environment.
Simultaneously she has worked to encourage wider participation in the built environment from marginalised groups and has designed, led and participated in workshops with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, Construction Youth Trust, Open City, East London schools and the Manchester Museum. Further to this she has been involved in smaller scale installations and workshops that facilitate community participation and involvement in the shaping of the built environment.
Sanaa teaches, examines and critiques at various universities, encouraging the discourse between education and practice at the Architectural Association, Oxford Brookes University and Central Saint Martins.
Through all endeavours, she seeks to integrate and enable groups to learn from each other to enrich and inspire. It is such values that underlie the practice’s approach.