I always knew I wanted to become an architect and though I was good at maths and science, I hadn’t taken art in high school so was overwhelmed by the prospect of putting together the required portfolio pieces for my Bachelors of Architectural Studies application at UCT. I sought the help of an art teacher and after feverishly scanning the internet for specialists in portfolio development, (a rarity as it happens) I managed to find Ilhaam’s page and, impressed with her qualifications in both fine art and education, I decided to engage her services. Little did I know I’d be embarking on a creative awakening and make a life long friend in the process. Ilhaam skilfully guided me through different thought and art exercises, stimulating my ideas and encouraging originality. She never spoon-fed me but rather taught me how to investigate, research and explore multiple solutions and most importantly, how to trust my creative choices. Liberated from my inhibitions and insecurities, I was able to put together a strong and successful portfolio.
I often reached out to her during my 3 year undergraduate degree in times of uncertainty and she would willingly make herself available be it to give me small snippets of advice, long sessions or much needed honest criticism and encouragement to always aim higher.
Her teaching style is not only effective but speaks to her understanding of the importance of the role of an educator and she is devoted to making a positive impact on all those she works with, helping them to reach their true potential. I am eternally grateful, thank you Ilhaam.
Postgraduate Architecture student at the University of Columbia, New York