Our Studio

To Be Done Studio harnesses the inherent goodness in people and the power of design to create sustainable solutions to the pressing problems that our world faces. We design and build spaces that uplift, inspire and support power within the communities it serves. We believe that a relevant design practice must be accessible to all rather than a few.

In order to create long lasting and impactful solutions to the multifaceted issues many communities in our country face, we work up and downstream of challenges. We research and engage local and topic area experts to ensure we are well informed before proceeding with design. We design robust solutions that take into consideration social, environmental sustainability and climate change. At times, we take the work all the way through and do the construction/fabrication ourselves.

Oh... and what's with the name? It was inspired by this poem: To Be of Use by Marge Piercy

To learn more about To Be Done Studio's work and accolades please access our CV:

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Our Team

Omar Hakeem

Founder & Principal

Omar’s work focuses on geographical, socio-cultural frontiers and works to address the economic, environmental and health issues that plague these communities.

Through these efforts he has completed award winning affordable housing, rapid response disaster housing prototypes, urban bike and pedestrian infrastructure, regional drainage improvements and community based rural planning initiatives. Omar’s passion for design has taken him from the cloud forests of Costa Rica to the ravaged communities of the Gulf Coast and many places in between. Omar was recently named one of Grists 50 Fixers for his work on climate resilient housing solutions, sits on the American Institute of Architect’s Strategic Council and Climate Action and Design Excellence Committee.

Omar holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the State University of New York at Buffalo as well as a Masters Degree in Architecture and a Masters of Science in Sustainable Design from the University of Minnesota. He is a licensed architect in Washington,DC, and Texas.

Zain Islam-Hashmi


Based in Washington DC, Zain works on projects involving communities around the country ranging from low-income housing to city revitalization efforts. He has worked for offices and non-profit organizations in Japan, Ghana, Pakistan and France, and has worked across a range of scales and disciplines such as architecture, industrial design, curation, fashion and production. His design and research work has been featured in several news articles and publications, as well as presented at conferences across the country. Zain holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University.