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Hanif Kara OBE elected as advocate.

Mayor's Design Advocates.

Good architecture and planning can make a significant difference to the way places work, both socially and on an environmental level. 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has elected a new cohort of specialists to ensure buildings and public spaces that benefit Londoners are at the forefront of the capital’s recovery from the pandemic. AKT II co-founder, Hanif Kara OBE has been appointed as one of the Mayor’s Design Advocates (MDAs) – as part of the Good Growth by Design Programme – where he joins architects Farshid Moussavi, Sir David Chipperfield CBE, Sir David Adjaye OBE and a cohort of rising diverse stars.

Each advocate has been appointed by The Mayor as part of his vision to support growth, circular economy, and ensure a more sustainable built environment is at the heart of each new design plan. MDA’s play a vital role in key issues within the built environment in which they support the Mayor on policy, investment positions and Good Growth. Hanif will be joined by 30 experts who will support the vision of a greener and fairer London, and one that prioritises inclusion, sustainability, accessibility, and quality within the built environment.

The Mayor’s Design Advocates also aim to challenge the under-representation of minority groups and women in the construction, architecture, and design industries.

“London continues to offer an urban-development benchmark for the rest of the world. And there’s still so much more value to offer! We need all hands on deck. I’m looking forward to starting work alongside the other Design Advocates this year”, AKT II co-founder, Hanif Kara OBE. 

The newly elected cohort will begin their duties later this month, replacing the existing Design Advocates.