My name is Hajira Qazi; I'm an accountant-turned-designer and currently a graduate student in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). In 2012, after four years of working in a bank with beige cubicle walls, I decided to add some color to my life, so I quit my job and pursued a career in design instead. I found that the skills required of an accountant—being detail-oriented, organized, and being able to communicate effectively—translate just as well to the design field. This is reflected in my work as clean and meticulous design.
I later worked at a local nonprofit organization for two years, which was a turning point for me in my career and where I witnessed first-hand the transformative power of design. I found that simply approaching each problem with intention, foresight, and wisdom—principles I later came to associate very closely with design—had a remarkable impact on how the organization functioned and how the community responded in turn. The results were staggering, proving what a profound impact design can have on how we operate within the world.
I am currently pursuing a Master of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, slated to graduate in 2019. My work experiences and the forward-thinking framework for design education at CMU reinforced my belief in the transformative power of design at every level, as you’ll see in my work.
If you're of similar mind, please get in touch; I'd love to discuss, brainstorm, create waves, and change stubborn structures with you.