Professor Hanif Kara is a structural engineer and co-founder of Adams Kara Taylor, the design-led structural and civil engineering consultancy based in London. As design director, he has worked on award-winning projects throughout Europe. His projects have included Peckham Library (UK), the National Trust Headquarters in Swindon (UK), which won 17 design awards, and the Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg (Germany).
Hanif Kara is a long-standing visiting lecturer at a number of design schools and has recently been appointed as Professor of Architectural Technology at (KTH), Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan Stockholm, and is Pierce Anderson visiting critic for Creative Engineering at GSD Harvard. He was selected for the Master Jury for the 2004 cycle of the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture. Professor Kara is the first structural engineer to be appointed a Commissioner at CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) where he co-chairs the design review panel and chairs the Inclusive Design Group. He is a fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a fellow of the Royal Academy of Arts.
NOW? is an occasional series of conversations about ideas, images, words, things, drawings, places, designs. NOW? is also a specific temporal moment–of thought and action–caught between the present and possible futures.