Tasnim Tinawi

Tasnim Tinawi is a designer based in the UAE with a degree in Architecture from the American University of Sharjah. She has been previously selected as a curating member of the Youth Assembly 2020 for the Jameel Arts Centre. As a practicing architect, she has also contributed to Bone, Architecture + Other Things and the Sharjah Architecture Triennial.

Through combining sculpture and product design, she associates unique relationships between the human body; its movement and occupation in space. Furthermore, her work pushes the boundaries of design with a keen focus on functionality and raw expression of carefully selected materials.

She co-founded UT-R studio as a collaborative practice with Uthra Varghese in 2016.

The research-driven studio practices in both Dubai and New York, investigates the multitudes in which design can elevate the relationship between cultural context and built environment. UT-R sheds light on the complexities of socio-political landscapes and reimagines possibilities through experimental processes within the disciplines of architecture, art and installation. After developing a distinctive style, they participated in many competitions and commissions on various scales. Their work has been exhibited at Dubai Design Week, Jameel Arts Centre, Tashkeel, World Architecture Community, Sikka Arts Festival, Ras Al Khaimah Arts Festival and Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation among others.

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