Malak Rashad is the pioneer of minimalist modern architectural design in Cairo. As the co-founder of F & R partnership, Malak has a few things to say when it comes to the world of architecture these are her five essential tips for all budding architects

What do you do consistently for time management?

I wake up at 6 AM on any given workday. My aim is to finish everything earlier than its deadline. I usually schedule my days around avoiding the rush hour so I don’t waste time on the road. Loose ends are my enemy, so I make sure I tie any loose end up!

What is one resource you wish you knew about when you were starting out?

The most helpful thing probably would’ve been a how-to course for construction methods. I’ve learned a lot by experience from working 12 years in the field but that would’ve likely helped a lot at the start of my career.

What’s the best career advice anyone has ever given you?

Don’t just do things the way everybody does them. Just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t mean it’s right or that it works!

What do you do to motivate yourself when you feel like giving up?

Why on Earth would you want to give up? If you have a legitimate passion for what you do, and you really believe in it, then giving up is not an option.

What tools do you think helped you achieve your own particular aesthetic in architecture?

I would definitely emphasize extreme attention to detail. And nothing beats the old fashioned roll up your sleeves and going on-site! Practical hands-on work is the best way to achieve your own aesthetic.


Photographer: Khaled Marzouk

MUA: Rana Barsoum