Shaakira is a Professional Architect and Urbanist who uses her qualifications and experience to bring excellence in design back to city and local government projects. Through her work, she has changed the way the City interacts and engages with its communities. By introducing new participatory processes and co-producing solutions with the communities that she works in, she has committed her work toward bringing City and Citizen planning together. Shaakira is passionate about responsive and co-productive design. She has led the transformation of the City’s approach to design and the manner in which it services its citizens. She has introduced new practices to ensure that communities are empowered through their direct contribution and participation in their spaces. This allows for the design to be a reflection of the social environment within which it is situated.
Based on her leadership within her field, Shaakira is a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative. She has also been nominated for the Pioneer in Innovation for Women in Construction Award and the Standard Bank Rising Star Award.