Burnley firm wins “Most Outstanding Design Practice” at Global Excellence Awards

Nixie Edwards (left) and Saira Hussain - Practice Managers at HAD
Nixie Edwards (left) and Saira Hussain - Practice Managers at HAD
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Hussain Architectural Design has been recognised in the 2016 Global Excellence Awards 2016 as the “Most Outstanding Design Practice,” by Acquisition International Magazine.

Hussain Architectural Design Ltd was founded in Burnley by then-23-year-old Saira Hussain in 2011; the business has since expanded to Blackburn, Manchester, and London. The practice is led by all-female management and work towards helping and inspiring females in the construction industry.

Over the last year, Hussain Architectural Design has been nominated for and has won numerous awards, showcasing their work within the architecture sector. A highlight for the company from this past year was winning Best Sustainable Design Practice in the 2016 Sustainable Building Awards.

The 2016 Global Excellence Awards are designed to recognise the very best in the business, whether they are a single office firm or an international conglomerate. They award those who are succeeding in their endeavours - innovating, growing, and improving.

The awards are conducted based on a combination of qualitative and quantitative research techniques, whereby they triangulate the number of votes received with in-house and external research.

This approach ensures that the awards are allocated based on merit and allows firms of all sizes and in all locations who have done extraordinary work over the past year to be recognised.

Saira Hussain said: "Building things is still very much a man's world in particular in the construction industry, unlike medicine or law, where it's been fully balanced over the last decade.

"The construction industry remains over 95% male; being a young female-led practice we’ve had to work exceptionally hard to be accepted in the field. Winning awards such had this one gives us confidence and reminds us there are people out there that appreciate all the hard work we put in."

Practice manager, Nixie Edwards, also said: “I am deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award from an International Magazine. It means that the hard work we do really pays off, and also encourages us to continue.

"We’re really proud to be part of this industry, and love to find architectural solutions to the challenges that our clients may face."