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10 Outstanding Young Persons of the World

Nominated by the Junior Chambers International World Congress for the The Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award.

TOYP Award Mauritius, 2014

Nominated among the 8 Outstanding Young Persons in Mauritius by the Junior Chambers International, Mauritius.

Mauritian Excellence Award

Delivered by the Universite des Mascareignes, Mauritius, for work done in relation to research and advocacy in the ecological sector in Mauritius.

Australian Institute of Architects

Work selected for exhibition during the National Architecture Conference in Australia 2014

Top 20 best of 2013

Work featured among the Top 20 Best Articles in 2013 by ArchDaily, the largest architectural platform in the world.

Mentee of Nikos Salingaros

Mentee of Nikos Salingaros, ranked 11th best urban thinker of all times, and ranked among the 50 visionaries changing our world.

"Zaheer Allam is emerging as a timely and important voice in sustainable urban planning. He brings a unique combination of a clear understanding of the major global challenges the planet faces alongside his lived experience from the small island states and developing countries. We need more young people like Zaheer– dynamic, articulate and passionate about a more sustainable future."

− Brad Pettitt, Mayor of Fremantle

"Zaheer Allam has emerged as one of the most important new voices for sustainable development in small island developing states, and in all countries around the world. "

− Michael Mehaffy, Sustasis Foundation

"Zaheer is raising a very important but seldom explored issue which is the homogenization of aesthetic sense due to the invasion of senses. His work is influencing change in the Indian landscape and brings an incredibly valuable contribution to the developing world as a whole."

− Jinan Kodapully, Philosopher, India

"Zaheer has provided a courageous and insightful perspective into the concerns and issues facing Small Island Developing States particularly in relation to Climate Change, Sustainability and the required transition to a sustainable and just future. Zaheer’s enthusiasm is contagious and he articulates what’s possible and what’s necessary."

− Jaime Yallup Farrant,

"Your writing relates the opportunities of green building against the conventional resistances to change, and shows the necessity of new relationships- all well expressed by one who shows deep personal dedication to these issues."

− Fred Stitt, Author of 18 books

Zaheer Allam is a dynamic young thinker in urbanism and sustainability, who is making a name for himself championing low-cost solutions for the developing world. Going against the current trend, Allam argues for a human-scale yet scientific approach to design and planning. I firmly believe that Allam will play a major role in saving the world from a future energy disaster.

Nikos Salingaros

Ranked 11th best urban thinker of all times
Ranked among the 50 visionaries changing our world

Photography and exhibited artworks


Perth Esplanade

October 24, 2014

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Italian Dancer

October 24, 2014

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Fremantle Virtual Tour

June 25, 2014

Texture at Cockburn Harbour

Texture at Cockburn Harbour

June 24, 2014

Milkyway at Fremantle

Milkyway at Fremantle

May 24, 2014

Sensitive Geometries

Sensitive Geometries

May 1, 2014

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April 20, 2014

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Cockburn Jetty

March 28, 2014

Abandoned power plant

Abandoned power plant

February 2, 2014

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Oil on water (2)

January 28, 2014

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Oil on water

January 28, 2014

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Sky through trees by Mandurah

December 31, 2013