Dawa graduated from Plymouth University in 2012 where he was nominated for the RIBA Bronze Medal. He then moved to China where he completed an internship in Shanghai, working on concept fashion stores for new Chinese brands and writing for a local magazine. Returning to the UK, he worked in Bristol in urban design helping to complete masterplans for Torbay and several universities. After a year he returned to Shanghai, to study Mandarin for several months at Jiao Tong University, and to explore China. He is currently working at Citizens Design Bureau on a number of projects including The Manchester Jewish Museum and The Sondheim Theatre.