Sabahat Nawaz is a designer and a researcher, whose interests lie in exploring the diverse aspects of design as a communication tool. She is curious about spaces, places, and the need for social interaction that may be produced when these spaces are converted into places of communication. Her work investigates contemporary ideas of space. She aims to map out new possibilities that bring an exciting dimension to our architectural environment. Nawaz is interested in exploring what these spaces are capable of producing and privatizing; through this she is redefining the role of the designer as a social, critical, and political negotiator within space.
Trained as a textile designer, Nawaz graduated from National College of Arts, Lahore, and later completed her Masters in Design for Textile Futures from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, London, Frankfurt, Bremen, Rhode Island, and New York.
Nawaz has been involved in developing curriculum and courses at the School of Art Design & Architecture, National University of Sciences & Technology, Islamabad, where she taught for seven years.
In January 2017, Nawaz moved to Lahore, where she taught at Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, for two and half years. She was also the thesis supervisor and advisor for the department of Textile Design.