Ishtiaq RafiuddinFrances and Gilbert P. Schafer Visiting Professor of Architecture
Ishtiaq Jabir Rafiuddin started UNDECORATED in 2017. Prior to UNDECORATED Ishtiaq Co-founded a Co-working space called Based In with Tomas Janka. Based In caters to creative professionals in Chinatown, New York City. Before Based In, Ishtiaq Co-founded the visualization studio Mimaj in Istanbul and Beirut with partners Henrik Schulte and Guillaume Crédoz. At Mimaj Ishtiaq provided services for Architects and Developers such as SANAA, Herzog & de Meuron, Solidere and Benchmark. Between 2006 and 2014, Ishtiaq trained as a Designer at REX and OMA on projects of varying types and scales. Most notably with REX, Ishtiaq was Project Manager for the Vakko Fashion Center in Istanbul. Over the course of 4 years, Ishtiaq played a pivotal role from Concept Design to Construction, relocating to Istanbul as REX's sole design representative during construction. Ishtiaq earned a Bachelor's in Environmental Design and a Master's in Architecture from the School of Architecture and Planning at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Ishtiaq is born in Bangladesh and immigrated to the United States at age nine. Ishtiaq has lived in Dhaka, New York City, Buffalo, Istanbul and Detroit.