Academia

At AKT II, we believe that one never stops learning; the same skills, challenges and systems found within an academic context recur in an applied form, in real projects, once one embarks on an engineering career.

As a thriving and expanding company at the cutting edge of the industry, we understand that theory and practice must feed into and complement each other. We know from experience that professional benefits are to be achieved through attracting and actively encouraging the brightest engineering and architectural minds in the country.

A strong academic background offers a fresh take on design, and we seek to harness and apply abstract design methodologies; our staff are skilled in the most up-to-date software, and consistently offer new and innovative solutions to established engineering problems.

This passion for the transmission of ideas from academia into professional practice has not only contributed to the success of our work, but has also resulted in teaching positions at some of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions. Our directors are regular lecturers at Harvard University, the Architectural Association’s famous Design Research Laboratory, University College London and at Cambridge University.

Founding director Hanif Kara has been involved with the Graduate School of Design at the world-renowned Harvard University since 2008, first as Pierce Anderson Lecturer in Creative Engineering, and more recently as Professor in Practice of Architectural Technology.

Our computational research team, p.art, has also been active in delivering lectures and seminars to students at the AA in London, imparting their knowledge of the latest technologies and techniques to the next generation of creative designers. At UCL we were recently appointed as teaching fellow for the IDP (Integrated Design Project) course for 4th year Civil Engineering. At Cambridge we have been affiliated with both the engineering and architectural departments through our role in supporting the Architectural Engineering module, and at Bath University our focus has been with the post-doctoral research of the engineering department.