Samiha Meem

Designer & Writer

Montréal, New York

smhmeem@gmail.com


Samiha Meem (b. Bangladesh) is a designer and writer, situated between Montréal and New York. Trained in architecture, her work explores modes of representation and production within design and how that meets, shapes and/or is shaped by contemporary content culture. This thread of identity, communication and labour bleeds into both practice and scholarship. Tangentially, she is also interested in visibility of cultural identities, shared world-building and how the stories we share frame the spaces that stage them.

Meem Land is both her live portfolio and practice where she pursues a wide range of independent work for a variety of clients and collaborators. This includes architectural design, graphics and illustrations, communications design and strategy, visual identities, websites, and content curation. She does other things, too.

She is currently teaching at McGill University School of Architecture.


Here is a list of stuff that has happened, from present to past:

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Contribution to e-flux editorial series ‘Workplace’ with essay titled ‘Post Everything’ 
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Illustrative Diagrams with WXY Studio for NY Mag urbanism feature “A Plan to Perfect the New York City Street” in November 2021
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Joined the teaching staff at McGill University School of Architecture for U2 Design Studio in Fall 2021
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Currently working with Montreal architecture office Architecture Pour Tous on building the established pratice’s internal and public-facing philosophy, visual identity and language, as well as website design

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Currently building an engagement website for the Post-Suburban Densification research initiative by Nik Luca, Associate Professor at McGill University

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Presented a lecture and held graphic workshop at McGill University School of Architecture for the Brown Bag Lecture series in Fall 2021

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Presented lecture on research work titled ‘Post Everything’ at The Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in the UK for Summer School 2021

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Joined WXY Studio in New York as a Communications Designer from February 2021 to Sept 2021

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Collaborated with Original Rose on their product & packaging design

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Graduated with an M.Arch Professional from McGill University School of Architecture in 2021

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Completed Master’s thesis ‘Post Everything’ advised by David Theodore at McGill University School of Architecture in 2021

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Editing Assistant for Richie Shazam for a editorial profile on NYC fashion label Puppets & Puppets published in Interview Magazine

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Presented lecture ‘Grid, Fonts, Etc’ at McGill University School of Architecture for the Brown Bag Lecture series in 2020

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Was a Teaching Assistant at McGill University for ‘Digital Representation’ in two consequetive fall terms 2019-2020

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Was a Teaching Assistant at McGill University for ‘Architectural Modelling’ in Winter 2020

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Received the Norbert Schoenauer Fellowship at the McGill University

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Graduated with a B.Arch from University of Waterloo School of Architecture in 2019

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Joined LAMAS in Toronto as an Intern Architect from December 2018 to April 2019

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Received the International Experience Award at the University of Waterloo

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Commissioned to produce architectural graphics for several Büro Koray Duman projects

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Was a Research Assistant for Professor Jane Hutton at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture for Winter 2017

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Commissioned to produce architectural graphics for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Master Plan in New York for WXY Studio

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Collaborated with Original Rose for Gypsy Sport’s Fall 2018 collection at New York Fashion Week 

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Joined Andrew Berman Architect in New York as an Intern Architect from January 2018 to August 2018

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Included in exhibition titled ‘Questioning the Canon’ at Riverside Gallery in 2018 for publication ‘The Anti-White Space

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Wrote a baby manifesto titled ‘The Anti-White Space’; sold online, sold in stores like Art Metropole, sold in Fully Booked Dubai 2018 with Southasia.Art 

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Designed a print publication for student work within the undergraduate studio ‘Eeew-Oooh’ at the University of Waterloo in Fall 2017 

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Collaborated with a team for public installation project ‘Porta-Party’ with the City of Toronto for Nuit Blanche 2017 

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Joined WXY Studio in New York as an Intern Architect from September 2016 to August 2017

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Included in exhibition titled ‘Superposition’ at Riverside Gallery in 2017 for project ‘Multiplicities

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Received an Outstanding Design Work Award for 2B Design Studio from University of Waterloo

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Included in exhibition titled ‘Bearing’ at Riverside Gallery in 2016 for project ‘Undercommons

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Joined Studio V in New York as an Intern Architect from January 2016 to April 2016

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Received the Robert Kerr Scholarship for an outstanding applicant entering undergraduate studies at University of Waterloo
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Received the President’s Scholarship from the University of Waterloo for an entrance average between 90% - 94.9%

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Served as Head Editor of Jarvis Collegiate Institute’s high school yearbook in graduating year (the crown jewel of this CV)

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Received the Visual Arts Award in 2014 from Jarvis Collegiate Institute

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Joined Diamond Schmitt Architects in Toronto as an Intern from 2012 to 2013

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Received the Peter Gadsby Media Award from Jarvis Collegiate Institute
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Technical proficiencies in Adobe Creative Suite, Rhinocerous 3D, AutoCAD, Google Sketchup, Vectorworks, Microsoft Office, Google Suite, drafting/modeling, various social media management tools, HTML/CSS, site-builders and more