Tumpa Husna Yasmin Fellows and Studio Nuumi

Rajapur Women’s Literacy and Healthcare Centre in Bangladesh

Who Cares? talks 2018 – Tumpa Husna Yasmin Fellows and Studio Nuumi

Aidan Lewis from Studio Nuumi

Studio Nuumi was established in 2016 by architecture graduate Aidan Lewis. His background in design and passion for hands-on building and renovation inspired him to further establish his ideas through studying at Leeds School of Architecture, which led to Studio Nuumi being born. With a desire to be a design/build studio with a keen interest in woodworking, Nuumi specialises in handcrafted furniture and transforming spaces entirely out of reclaimed materials. The aim was to build furniture with a story; every material used is salvaged and often decades old from various sources around Yorkshire. This sustainable approach to design gives new life to materials destined to be on the scrapheap and also creates some really interesting pieces with a rich history, whilst consistently being environmentally friendly.

Our ambition is heavily influenced through our roots in architecture; creating high-end designer furniture that is a direct response to the material found, leading to truly unique pieces at an affordable cost. Nuumi has since expanded and taken this core value of sustainable building on the small-scale to a much larger scale, now developing properties that are beautifully finished yet built with an environmentally conscious approach, and most importantly maintaining an affordable finish product that doesn't sacrifice design.

Tumpa Husna Yasmin Fellows

Tumpa completed her architectural studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL) and has over 10 years experience working for award-winning London-based practices including Allies and Morrison, Wilikinson Eyre and Proctor and Matthews Architects.

Tumpa’s diverse experience includes large infrastructure and high-profile commercial projects for the 40-storey 100 Bishopsgate commercial tower, Crossrail stations, educational buildings and a number of residential and mixed-use projects. Through her professional experience Tumpa has developed specialised knowledge of complex structural and services coordination and detailing external envelopes. She is currently the Project Architect for South Thamesmead, a Peabody Trust project, expecting to deliver thousands of new homes and jobs over the next 10 years.

Tumpa is a co-founder of the UK-registered charity Mannan Foundation Trust, set up to serve the disadvantaged population of Bangladesh. Tumpa leads architectural practice-based research, embedded in building projects, with recent project concentrating on low budget, zero CO2 emission architectural solutions for rural communities. She has been leading the fundraising and building of the Women’s Literacy and Healthcare Centre in a remote village in Bangladesh, called Rajapur. Tumpa has received awards and presented this project at various institutes and organisations to raise awareness and to capture the interests of professionals who volunteered their services for the project.

Tumpa was the first to be selected on the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Rising Star Cohort in 2017, for her work with the charity and for her architectural projects that successfully tackled complex social issues faced by the disadvantaged community of the Rajapur village. This transformative project will be a template that can be used in many rural communities across the Indian sub-continent.

Tumpa’s work has been published in the RIBA Journal, Architects' Journal, Architecture Sans Frontières and the London Festival of Architecture publications.

Her work for this charity was exhibited at the New London Architecture (NLA) Building Centre. Her previous charity projects which were awarded a commendation, were exhibited at Architecture Sans Frontieres' award ceremony 2017 and at the Building Trust International exhibition. She has also exhibited at the Bartlett Exhibition.

Tumpa also has academic and architectural research interests and is a lecturer in Architecture at the University of Hertfordshire. She is a regular guest critic at the Bartlett School of Architecture, Central Saint Martin’s College, University of Westminster and at London Met's The Cass. Her current research is on climate change and food-induced migration.

Follow Tumpa on Twitter @Tumpa_Fellows


The event will take place at 6.30pm in Goulston Street Basement Lecture Hall (room GSB–01).

Drinks and snacks will be provided – we hope to see you all there!


Date/time Monday 26 February 2018 at 6.30pm 
Location GSB-01 Goulston Street
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