Located in New York, TW2M was founded in 2012 by twin brothers Bassem and Wassim Shaaban. TW2M is a design / build studio that features the collective work of multidisciplinary design professionals who value diversity and collaboration. The practice offers a wide variety of services at multiple scales and values functionality and efficiency, as well as continued experimentation and innovation. We approach design challenges through a multiscalar lens and from multidisciplinary perspectives. TW2M has experience designing, building, and managing projects internationally, in locations including New York, Washington, D.C., and Egypt.
Founding + Managing Principal, TW2M
Wassim Shaaban holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Howard University and a Master of Architecture and Urban Design (2012) from Columbia University GSAPP. He has significant on-site construction experience, as well as digital and hand fabrication techniques. Prior to establishing TW2M, Shaaban worked for Columbia University’s Laboratory for Applied Building Science and as a research associate to prof. Moji Baratloo. Shaaban’s research and development work has lead him to travel on research trips to locations like Ghana, the Brazilian Amazon and Kauai, with research encompassing social architecture, Bottom-Up Urban Design, as well as Urban infrastructure that is predominantly related to waste management.
Currently, Wassim is the Associate Consulting Principal at TRG Consulting Global, An Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape, Planning and Preservation firm based in Washington, DC. He has been heavily involved in consulting in new-green tech building solutions for the New York office of Global Enviro, a Norwegian-based tech company with a patented in-vessel composting machine.
Founding Principal, TW2M
Bassem Shaaban earned both his Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design and his Master of Fine Arts in Design (2011) from Howard University where he specialized in furniture design, for which he has achieved acclaim. Working on a line of appropriated furniture, He discussed and discovered different approaches to appropriated design philosophies and techniques. As an active Interior Designer in New York city, Shaaban has significant project management and design experience. He excels in client meetings, legal and contract negotiations, technical feasibility knowledge, and detailing. Before co-founding TW2M, Shaaban worked for Howard University’s Graduate and Sculpture Studio, designed for the Smithsonian Institution and the American Art Museum, and managed multiple commercial design projects in New York. Currently, Bassem is the acting Director of Design and Construction for JustSalad LLC, managing all aspects of store design and construction, managing up to 6 projects a year, while assisting with brand development and the remodeling of existing stores.
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