The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design
Hamza is a designer and engineer with a focus on human-related design. He completed his double masters in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London in 2018.At the Helen Hamlyn Centre, he works as a Research Associate exploring the relationship between hospital architecture, infection control and antimicrobial resistance to facilitate knowledge exchange within healthcare, in particular within the Cystic Fibrosis community through physical and virtual exhibition design.
Hamza completed his BEng Mechanical Engineering in 2016 from the University of Warwick, where his undergraduate thesis was in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover testing lithium batteries for automotive applications. He then joined the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London to undertake Innovation Design Engineering. His graduation project, Rehber, looks at helping families locate each other during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca without using a smartphone, mobile network or sim-cards. Other projects included working with mining companies and local communities in the Atacama Desert, Chile, to turn food waste into natural fertiliser to promote agriculture and fight desertification. He also developed a service to help primary schools monitor, support and collect information for pupils with special educational needs.Show more
His professional experiences include working as a product designer for Brompton Bicycle and Ultra Electronics in new product development. Hamza’s interest lie in designing, making and testing new products (physical & digital) and services with a focus on user experience to add value to their daily lives.
For Hamza, design and engineering are about one thing: Solving a human problem. They use different tools and techniques to achieve this. One relies on hard science and the other on emotional intelligence. However, both disciplines are about noticing problems and developing solutions to make a positive impact on the world. Thus, by using the two in tandem, he can deliver something that is reliable, feasible and valuable.
Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes
Oza. H. (2017) Designing a Hajj. London: Royal College of Art
Oza. H. (2016) Testing Lithium Batteries to Destruction – Identifying calorimeter failure pathway. Coventry: University of Warwick
Dubai Design Week, Dubai (2018)
RCA Graduate Show, Royal College of Art (2018)
1851 Science Evening, Alan Baxter Gallery (2018)
Techshot, Shoreditch (2018)
SustainRCA, Royal College of Art (2018)
GoGlobal Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2017)
Awards and Grants
(2018) Startup Support Finalist, InnovationRCA
(2018) Ki Prize Award Shortlisted
(2017) Industrial Design Studentship, Royal Commission for the Exhibition 1851