IAP ARCASIA Young Teachers Training Workshop, Karachi - February 2016
The Institute of Architects, Pakistan continued its determination to improve the Architectural Education in Pakistan with the number of schools added each year and lack of trained studio teachers, a series of international workshops have been conducted in the last four years with Ar. Prof. NunoSoares and Ar. Prof. Thomas Daniell in July 2013, October 2014 and February 2016 respectively under the banner of IAP, BAE and ARCASIA which were a huge success. The Workshop was called “Designing the Studio”. In the latest addition held in February 2016, 15 teachers from 9 schools were trained including 2 from Sri Lanka taking the total of all teachers trained in this workshop over the past couple of years to over 110. These workshops initiated under the IAP presidency of now President Elect ARCASIA Ar. S.M. Jahangir Khan made a significant contribution by IAP towards architectural education.
This year the workshop was taken a step further with the introduction of the master teacher training workshop. This was a challenging experience and was a first step towards developing eventual master trainers in the future. A total of 8 participants from all over Pakistan took part in this new workshop. The workshop was held from the 8th to the 12th of February 2016. The participants of both workshops were continuously engaging with the instructors and produced short presentations daily culminating in a group project for the teacher trainers. For the master teacher training workshop the participants designed the curriculum for an entire semester on an individual basis. The two workshops concluded with a closing and award ceremony. Taking advantage of Prof. Thomas Daniell’s presence in Karachi, the chapter promptly organized an enlightening lecture on highlighting the role of female architects in the development of Japanese architecture.
This workshop was hosted at the Beach Luxury Hotel by the IAP Karachi Chapter under its chairman Ar. ArifChangezi. It was organized by BAE under the chairman Ar. ArshadFaruqui. Honorary Secretary IAP, Ar. RamizBaig was the convener of this week long workshop.
Teacher Training workshop participants:
Ar. ShahrukhNoman from CEAD, Jamshoro
Ar. Khubeeb Khan from COMSATS Islamabad
Ar. Jahangeer Khan and Ar. PalwashaAman Ullah from BUITEMS, Quetta
Ar. Samar ShamimHussain and Ar. Madiha Waseem from SSUET, Karachi
Ar. MariyamNizam from IVSAA, Karachi
Ar. NoumanManzoor from University of Gujrat
Ar. RahatArsalan and Ar. SafiaAsif from NED University, Karachi
Ar. SabuhiEssa from NCA, Lahore
Ar. AlyNaqvi as a self-financed participant
Ar. NishanWijetunge and Ar. NandakaJayasinghe from City School of Architecture, Sri Lanka
Master Teacher training workshop particpants:
Ar. Hussain Abbas Jesserwala from IVSAA, Karachi
Ar. Fahad Shams Nizamani fromCEAD, Jamshoro
Ar. FaryalSikander and Ar. QuratUlAinRehman from DUET, Karachi
Ar. UzmaKabir and Ar. SannahEjaz from COMSATS, Islamabad
Ar. Abdul Wahid from NCA, Islamabad
Ar. InayatUllahShaheen from CECOS, Peshawar
IAP-Kausar Bashir Ahmad Award – April 2016
Sixteen entries of the eighteen received were anonymously presented to the Jury. The jurors shortlisted four projects which seemed close to the philosophy of the Award for further review and deliberations and unanimously declared the thesis titled, ’Socio-Economic Upliftment of Lyari Community through Reorganization of Spaces’ by Sana Hameed as winning entry. An honorable mention was given to Farrukh Ahmad Salman of Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture for his thesis titled, ‘Panah-e-Salik’. The announcement was made by one of the Jury members, Ar. Khadija Jamal Shaban at a graceful ceremony held on April 24, 2016 at Gala Night on the occasion of IAPex Karachi. Jointly instituted in 2012 by IAP (Institute of Architects Pakistan) and KBA CARE (Kausar Bashir Ahmad Center for Architecture, Research and Education), IAP-Kausar Bashir Ahmad Award is conferred annually to the best thesis design work in the domain of socially responsive architectural design. All accredited schools imparting architectural education in Pakistan are invited to send maximum two nominations for this Award. The Award comprises of a gold medal and Rs. 25,000/= cash prize. This year, it was the fourth cycle of the Award for the year 2015-16 hosted by IAP-Karachi Chapter. The Award conferment took place during closing session of IAPex Karachi in the presence of prominent architects from Pakistan, students, faculty and building industry representatives. To enlighten the participants about the life-long achievements of Prof. Kausar Bashir Ahmad, the President KBA CARE, Prof. Dr. Noman Ahmed made a brief presentation titled, ‘Professor Kausar Bashir Ahmad: Contributions, Impacts and Legacy’. He unfolded many aspects of KBA’s life as an artist and shared some of his oil paintings that still adorn the Middle East Technical University Library at Ankara. Dr. Noman told the participants that Kausarsahab not only served the institutions as an educationist, but he possessed good qualities of leadership to build institutions. His quest for searching new knowledge produced many scholarly papers. Besides, he used to write poems encompassing various topics including the prevailing social unjust in the society. “Socially responsive architecture was considered as the core philosophy adopted and promoted by KBA”, said Noman Ahmed who further told the participants that Kausarsahab believed that the profession of architecture should not be confined to a particular segment of the society. Socially Responsive Architecture offers a platform where architects can become a part of the community of social entrepreneurs, explained Dr. Noman Ahmed. Describing the vision of Kausar sahib for architectural education in the society, Dr. Ahmed highlighted that KausarSahab was a great promoter of incorporating spirit of new age with humanistic values, enabling architects to develop expression across modern times, integrating indigenous traditions in research and equipping architects to evolve individual contribution as an expression of the whole society. His presentation was followed up by a digital screen display of the nominations received for this Award by the Award Convenor, Ar. Farida Abdul Gahffar. She briefed about the Award process and the jury which was composed of following professionals:
• Ar. Ali ZafarQazi, President IAP
• Ar. ArshadFaruqui, Chairman Board of Architectural Education
• Ar. Yawar Abbas Jilani, Nominee IAP National Council
• Ar. ArifHasan, Nominee KBA CARE
• Ar. Khadija Jamal, Nominee KBA CARE.
She informed the participants that 18accredited schools of architecture throughout Pakistan were invited to nominate the best thesis projects under the domain of Socially Responsive Architecture. Maximum two entries were requested from each school and in return they received 18entries from 12schools. Two nominations were disqualified due to late submission. Others included:
1 Adnan Hussain,Balochistan University of IT, Engineering and Management Sciences, Quetta; Healing through Design - Cancer Hospital at Gilgit
2 Al ShimaRehman, NED University, Karachi; Architecture for KhawajaSira - Rehabilitation of a mindset by bridging the commonalities between two humans of the society through Architecture
3 Farrukh Ahmad Salman, Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi; Panah-e-Salik
4 FarzanaQurban Ali,Balochistan University of IT, Engineering and Management Sciences, Quetta; The Family Shelter
5 Hafiza Fatima Kanwal,Dawood University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi; Affordability and Quality for Low Cost Housing
6 Hamid Ullah, UET Peshawar, Abbottabad Campus; Communal Reminiscence through Genius Loci
7 HareemFalak, National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad; The Stamp of the Street - Bridging the gaps, A journey from streets to learning
8 IramSaleemi + Hassan Wajid,Beaconhouse National University, Lahore; Regeneration of Historic Fabric: Sikh Cultural Center
9 Maaz Khan Niazi, National College of Arts, Rawalpindi; Formulating Slums- Re-Designing 100 Quarters Colony
10 Muhammad Ahad,Beaconhouse National University, Lahore; Re-Imagining Tarogil
11 Muhammad SaadainMaqbool, Visual Studies Department, University of Karachi; Revitalizing Hope
12 Murk Soomro, Center of Excellence of Art and Design, MUET, Jamshoro; Towards and essential approach of sustainable human habitat with an analysis of current practices in urban space
13 Sana Hameed, NED University, Karachi; Socio-Economic Upliftment of Lyari Community through Reorganization of Spaces
14 Shakeel Ahmed, National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad; House of Reunion
15 Trevor Anthony, Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture; Karachi Cathedral Piazza Design
16 Umar Ejaz, University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore; Vertical Mosque - Symbolizing Ascending Spirit from Soil to Sky
After presenting all entries before the audience, Ar. Khadija Jamal was invited to announce the winning entry and read citation as concluded by the Jury. The winner, Sana Hameed was presented cash prize and gold medal and Farrukh Ahmad Salman was given Certificate by the President IAP Ar. Ali ZafarQazi accompanied by Chairman IAP Karachi Chapter Ar. ArifChangezi, Chairman BAE Ar. ArshadFaruqui and President KBA CARE Dr. Noman Ahmed.
Citation for winning entries was read out by Ar. Khadija Jamal as follows: Sana Hameed of NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi is awarded the KBA Award for the most outstanding Thesis Project on Socially Responsive Architecture titled Socio-Economic Upliftment of Lyari Community through Reorganization of Spaces. The Citation states that the: 1) Design turns around an existing dilapidated building in the heart of Lyari which is already an existing place for community and street activities. 2) The re-use of the building and additions to it not only cater to street activity in a more organized manner but also add and enhance the quality to its social environment. 3) Additions to the building also include a theater which revives a space for a street activity that previously existed in Lyari. 4) The architecture is modest and the design interventions respect that modesty in a sensitive manner. 5) Finally the project is realistic and if executed will go a long way in providing the Lyariites a possibility of healing the wounds of conflict. Architectural details have also been worked out diligently and indicate a depth of understanding of the physical and social context. The presentation communicates the research work and design concepts very clearly through well-presented sketches and 3-D images.
The honourable mention is given to Farrukh Ahmad Salman of Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture for his thesis titled, ‘Panah-e-Salik’. It was a difficult subject giving the nature of the social taboo involved in rag picking activities and its relation to urban space for habitation purposes. The student has accepted the social realities and he, without trying to impose his own views on how the activities of the groups should be carried out, suggests restructuring of the spaces they use. The design essentially consists of reorganizing the living spaces around their most popular ‘place of work’ near garbage dumps below the city flyovers and bridges using mostly re-cycled material. The project has been dealt with much sensitivity and design aesthetics through a consistent thought process. The jury felt that while it would organise the target group it will cause formalised degradation to the urban fabric and the environment.
IAP– GRADUATE AWARD and MEHDI ALI MIRZA AWARDS – May 2016
The Institute of Architects Pakistan (IAP) annually salutes and encourages the highest achievements in Architectural Studies at all accredited educational institutions within Pakistan and confers IAP-Graduate Award and Mehdi Ali Mirza Awards to the best thesis and top achievers of graduating class respectively. These Awards are committed to inspiring educational institutions and encouraging students to excel in academia. With a focus on nourishing the design capabilities empowering the imaginations of tomorrow’s creators in the field of Architecture in Pakistan, these Awards draw attention of academia and students at large.
The winners of IAP-Graduate Award and the recipients of Mehdi Ali Mirza Award were invited to Peshawar to receive their Awards in an august ceremony hosted by IAP-Peshawar Chapter on 6th May 2016 at Spring Village Hall. On the occasion, a ‘Heritage Forum’ was also conducted. The ceremony was attended by veteran architects, members IAP National Council, students and people from building industry. Speaking on the occasion, Ar. Ali ZafarQazi, President IAP admired the efforts of Chairman IAP-Peshawar Chapter Ar. Muhammad Khalid and his team who despite of various constraints hosted the event in a very elegant way and offered hospitality to all the Award recipients and architects who travelled from various parts of the country to attend the ceremony. He appreciated the organizing team led by Ar. IhsanSubhani (Event Convener), Ar. Rehan A. Chaudhry (Event Co-Convener), HaseebRaza (Co-Convener Transport) and Shoaib (Co-Convener Boarding) for making seamless arrangements. He urged the Chapter to continue venturing new avenues of professional commitments and raise the standard of profession and professionals in the society.
Ar. Jahangir Khan Sherpao, President (Elect) ARCASIA, Ar. TahirKhattak and Ar. Mansoor also addressed the gathering on the occasion.
In 2009, Institute of Architects Pakistan (IAP) in its endeavors to raise the standard of ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES at Graduate Level in Pakistan instituted the ‘IAP GRADUATE AWARDS FOR ARCHITECTURE’ in order to encourage and acknowledge “Exemplary Final year Architectural Thesis Work” from amongst all accredited schools of Architecture within Pakistan. The Graduate Award envisages the enhancement of the awareness of the role of students of Architecture in the socio-economic and cultural life of the country. The IAP Graduate Award intends to demonstrate that Graduate Studies in Architecture should be seriously taken by the students and that good architecture is a major component of the positive influence on the human environment, and that physical development in Pakistan need not be in disharmony with the cultural values, national identity and the natural environment of the country. This year, the 8th cycle of the Award received twenty-nine entries which were anonymously presented to the Jury. Initially nine projects were shortlisted and subsequently four were selected for further review and deliberations. This resulted in the jury’s recommendation for one award and two honorable mentions. Jurors found a number of interesting projects, but often the objectives were not clearly defined and did not lead to a viable research agenda. In addition, in many cases, the architectural design response was not sympathetic to the physical and social environment.
1 Ali RazaDawood University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi; Transformation in architecture - A neighborhood Center for Old city area
2 Annam Arfi University of South Asia, Lahore; Islamabad International Airport
3 AreekaAmjad COMSATS Institute of Information and Technology, Lahore; Skins: A study of social anthropomorphism
4 AujalaNaveedBahadur College of Art and Design, University of the Punjab, AllamaIqbal Campus, Lahore; Illusionistic Dreamscape - An Entertainment Hub
5 Bilal Ahmed Latif Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi; Kalamkari - Craft Hub Chiniot
6 FaheemAbrar Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi; Redefining Edhi Home, Sohrab Goth
7 FarazNadeem Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi; Spaces - Making them Speak - The Commune
8 Farrukh Ahmad Salman Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi; Panah-e-Salik, Shelter Seeker
9 Hashim Ashraf Beaconhouse National University, Lahore; Film and Architecture - Architecture as a backdrop of film
10 Hassaan Jamal National College of Arts, Rawalpindi Campus; Future of Islamabad Government Housing
11 HibaHaseeb NED University, Karachi; Revival of Tourism and Cultural Heritage of Swat
12 IfrahBukhari College of Art and Design, University of the Punjab, AllamaIqbal Campus, Lahore; Designing the Future by Framing the Past
13 JaveriaRauf COMSATS Institute of Information and Technology, Islamabad; Urban Park (Merging Nature and Architecture)
14 Kiran Musharraf NED University, Karachi; Urban Observatory as Geo-spatial Intervention at Kohsar
15 ManzoorHussain University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar (Abbottabad Campus); Cultural Rejuvenation utilizing Labanotion as a tool in Architecture
16 Muhammad SaadainMaqbool Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi; Revitilizing Hopes
17 Muzayyan Zahra University of South Asia, Lahore; Expressionist De Lamod (The Fashion Expressionist)
18 NuveraKhatri NED University, Karachi; Architecture and the Car
19 RabeeyaSuhailArifBeaconhouse National University, Lahore; Sanctuary of Thought: Revealing the Palimpsest - Travelling back to the origin
20 RushadDastoor Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi; A journey through a space in the city that forgets to remember
21 Samar Zehra Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi; Markaz-e-Farhang (Cultural andVocational Training Center)
22 Sana Hameed NED University, Karachi; Socio-Economic Upliftment of Lyari Community Through Reorganization of Spaces
23 Shakeel Ahmad School of Art and Design, NUST, Islamabad; House of Reunion
24 SheemaNiaz University of South Asia, Lahore; Being Avain - The art of flying
25 Talha Muhammad TayyabBeaconhouse National University, Lahore; The Pakistan Train (Developing a moving platform to reconnect Pakistan)
26 TehreemUnNisa School of Art and Design, NUST, Islamabad; Integration of Nature with Architecture
27 Umar Ejaz University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore; Vertical Mosque
28 Zara Farooq School of Art and Design, NUST, Islamabad; Stimulating Saidpur Village
29 Zara Khan Beaconhouse National University, Lahore;Inhabited Wall - BNU Student Dormitory
The jury was formed as follows:
• Ar. Ali ZafarQazi, President IAP
• Ar. Farida Abdul Ghaffar, Convener
• Ar. SuhailAbbasi, Eminent Member IAP
• Ar. IfikharAzam, Eminent Member IAP
• Prof. Dr. JawaidHaider, Eminent Architect from Education Sector
• Ar./Plnr. TahiraSadiaFazli, Eminent Architect from Education Sector
After making brief presentations of all entries at the Award ceremony by Convener Ar. Farida Abdul Ghaffar, the Chairman Board of Architectural Education (BAE) Ar. ArshadFaruqui read the citation of the winning entry and invited RabeeyaSuhailArif of Beaconhouse National University, Lahore for the most outstanding Thesis Project titled ‘Sanctuary of Thought: Revealing the Palimpsest - Travelling back to the origin’ to receive her Award from President IAP Ar. Ali ZafarQazi. She was awarded a gold medal and certificate.
The citation states:
• The design is superimposed on the historically important, but neglected ruins of Royal Kitchens in the Lahore Fort.
• Architectural intervention in the form of an archaeological museum below the ground level is a daring attempt to revitalize a worthy heritage site.
• The multi-level structure reveals many hidden layers of precious history buried in the ground and unfolds the lost treasure of glorious past.
• The use of lightweight steel trusses and frames as structural system and transparent glass floors manifest sensitivity towards safeguarding archaeological remains and providing unobtrusive light and clear spans for the display of artifacts intelligently.
• The modest architecture is like inscribing a story from past that alludes to the future in a sensitive manner.
• Beautifully rendered hand drawings and diligently worked out architectural details indicate a depth of understanding of the physical and historical context of the project. The presentation communicates the research work and design concepts clearly.
Following the conferment of IAP-Graduate Award, Chairman BAE, Ar. ArshadFaruqui read citation for two honorable mentions as well and invited the recipients on the stage to receive their honors. First honorable mention was given to Zara Farooq of School of Art and Design, NUST, Islamabad for her thesis titled, ‘Stimulating Saidpur Village’. Citation for her thesis project was read as follows: • It was a challenging project that drew inspiration from the process of clay craft and linked it to the development of architectural spaces. The pottery making process of molding and casting earth with rhythmic movement of the hands is well translated into the architecture of ‘Pottery and Craft Center’ and ‘Heritage Museum’ in Saidpur Village.
• Zara has made a bold attempt of combining indigenous and contemporary materials. The hybrid use of cement with insulated rammed earth, exhibiting a layered formation of ramming process in a load bearing structure at a rural scale, is a symbolic gesture that bridges both rural and urban communal living in close proximity to the site. The use of skylights skillfully accentuates traditional craft and architectural details on the ceilings. • This poetic translation of craft into architecture stimulates the traditional craft of pottery not only for the indigenous populations, but also attracts visitors.
Second honorable mention was given to Hashim Ashraf of Beaconhouse National University, Lahore for his thesis titled, ‘Film and Architecture - Architecture as a backdrop of film’. Following are the distinct points of his thesis project as declared by the jury:
• This is a non-conventional thesis that delves into an abstract understanding of colonial architecture of Lahore Railway Station through the lens of a filmmaking.
• Hashim takes inspiration from various attributes of still shots or frames that create actual spaces with interesting architectural characteristics. Based on the architectural spaces in and around Lahore Railway Station, the thesis project suggests a plot for a story based on those spaces—describing the historical evaluation of the space and neighborhood over an extended timeframe. The story is then filmed with the help of still shots of various time intervals.
• Hashim has successfully dissected images (shots) into various architectural elements such as trusses, surfaces, spaces and light to form a relevant backdrop for a particular film shot in a specific time zone. The project is handled with sensitivity through a consistent and thoughtful design process.
MEHDI ALI MIRZA AWARDS:
The Mehdi Ali Mirza Award is named after a person who laid down the foundation of professional architectural practice in a newly emerged country which had less physical and institutional infrastructure. Born to an officer of the forest service in Hyderabad State.Britih India in 1910, Mehdi Ali Mirza was amongst the first generation of formally trained architects in Pakistan. Upon his migration to Pakistan right after the formation of the new state, he was designated to a principal government post in the Public Works Department. Here, he soon realized he could achieve little with the untrained, disorganized workforce he had been provided. To ensure that he had a qualified team to assist him in various tasks, Mirza set about laying the foundations of the first institute in the country imparting professional architectural education, the Government School of Architecture. Eventually, with the assistance of few colleagues, he set up the Institute of Architects, Pakistan in 1950, and the first regulatory framework for the profession in the country. In 1962, he was awarded the Pride of Performance. After 13 years of his death in October 1961, the Mehdi Ali Mirza Award was instituted in 1984 by the Institute of Architects Pakistan (IAP) in memory of the Founder and First President of IAP. This Award gives recognition each year to the students from each accredited architecture school within Pakistan who have excelled in their studies and graduated securing top position with the highest marks (Cumulative GPA of all five years) in their respective school. This year 19 nominations were received from 18 accredited schools within Pakistan as follows:
1 Salman Amjad, COMSATS Institute of Information and Technology, Islamabad Islamabad
2 ZahidaFaiz, COMSATS Institute of Information and Technology, Islamabad
3 Hassaan Jamal, National College of Arts, Rawalpindi Campus
4 Zara Farooq, School of Art and Design, NUST, Islamabad
5 Murk Soomro, Center of Excellence of Art and Design, MUET, Jamshoro
6 Fatima Mehar,Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro
7 Amna Jan Muhammad,Dawood University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi Karachi
8 AroosaMushtaq, Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi
9 RushadDastoor, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi
10 Fahmiyah Fatima Khatri, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi
11 AhadSaleem Malik,Beaconhouse National University, Lahore Lahore
12 Maseera Tariq, College of Art and Design, University of the Punjab, AllamaIqbal Campus, Lahore
13 Sarah Masood, COMSATS Institute of Information and Technology, Lahore
14 HafsaAsad, National College of Arts, Lahore
15 WaqasNaveedAkhtar, University of South Asia, Lahore
16 AimanShafique, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore
17 Jamal Ahmad, University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar (Abbottabad Campus) Peshawar
18 Muhammad Saqib Ali, CECOS University of IT and Emerging Sciences, Peshawar
19 FarzanaQurban, Ali Balochistan University of IT, Engineering and Management Sciences, Quetta
These 19 graduates were conferred Mehdi Ali Mirza Award in Peshawar at an event organized by IAP –Peshawar Chapter. The event was well attended by architects, students and people from building industry. President IAP Ar. Ali ZafarQazi, Chairman IAP Peshawar Chapter Ar. Muhammad Khalid, Organizing team members and Members National Council presented the Awards to the recipients who travelled to Peshawar from various cities of Pakistan. The ceremony concluded at a dinner followed by musical performance by the students from CECOS University, Peshawar.
The BAE-IAP- LC- 1st Roundtable of Schools of Architecture – May 2016
The BAE-IAP Lahore Chapter’s 1st Roundtable of Schools of Architecture on Resource Sharing– Possibilities & Mechanism was held on May 28, 2016 at Faletti’s Hotel, Lahore.
The Institute of Architects Pakistan – Lahore Chapter (IAP-LC) convened a meeting of the HODs of Architecture Schools on resource sharing. All heads provided information and suggestions on sharing of human, physical and intellectual resources available to them. A meaningful discourse and discussion led to the following resolution as signed by all the participants.
1. ACADEMIC PORTAL: An academic website/ portal, facilitated by IAP-LC in collaboration with architecture schools, be launched where each school can contribute their resources as they are developed.
2. ELECTRONIC MEDIA AS A PEDAGOGICAL TOOL: Architecture schools should encourage faculty and students to use electronic media and tools as primary source of knowledge acquisition and sharing.
3. PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SHARING: A mechanism should be devised for sharing of physical infrastructure (such as labs, auditoriums, technical facilities) and libraries (catalog and access).
4. FOCUSED STUDIOS: Schools will facilitate to conduct special studio project for fourth year students in inter-school at IAP-Lahore Chapter level.
5. REGULAR MEETINGS: A meeting between the HODs of each school at IAP-Lahore Chapter level should be held at least twice a year to sustain meaningful dialogue on architect rural education.
The meeting was attended by:
Ar. SajjakKausar (Convener), Chairman IAP-LC
Ar. Ali ZafarQazi, President IAP
Ar. ArshadFaruqui, Chairman BAE-IAP
Ar. SadiaFazli, Registrar PCATP
Prof. Dr. GulzarHaider, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
Prof. Dr. MahmoodHussain, College of Arts and Design, University of the Punjab, Lahore
Ar. Waqar Aziz, COMSATS institute of Information Technology, Lahore
Ar. NawabNayyarAfzal, Imperial University, Lahore
Ar. YasmeenAbidMaan, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore
Ar. Syed MushirHasanNaqvi, Lahore College of Information & Technology, Lahore
Ar. Syed Maqsood Pasha, National College of Arts, Lahore
Ar. Mehwish Ali, NFC Institute of Engineering and Technology, Multan
Ar. NaushabaAzhar, Superior University, Lahore •
Dr. Shams Anbrine, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore
Ar. ShoaibShabbir, University of Gujrat
Prof. Dr. Tauseef Ahmed, University of Lahore, Lahore
Prof. Dr. Yusuf Awan, University of Management and Technology, Lahore
Ar. NajmaKabir, University of South Asia, Lahore
ARCASIA Students’ Architectural Design Competition – June 2016
This is a design ideas competition that invites students in the field of Architecture to contribute ideas and concepts that respond to the theme “Green Lifestyle”. Each country is facing their own sustainability concerns and students are encouraged to identify, at the same time resolve, these issues by using architectural designs.
Objectives of the competition
Students are free to select a site to come up with design ideas, built or portable or a prototype, which would encourage users to participate in a green and sustainable lifestyle. Students are encouraged to think along lines of cost effectiveness, energy efficiency, low carbon footprint, zero carbon emission and implementable means that may resolve an identified problem found in your particular region of Asia, or one which might even be effective when adapted in many different situations.
For this year’s competition IAP received the following entries:
1 Sustainable Approach To Urban Agriculture by Abdul Wasay, University of Karachi
2 Eco Shelter by Arsalan Khan, University of Karachi
3 Green Shelter by Hamdan Ahmed Baig, University of Karachi
4 Climate Responsive Space by Syed Shah Salman, University of Karachi
5 Urban Lounge by MairaGhayoor, University of Karachi
6 PASSI-LA-VISTA by Syed Shabab Ali, Syed HammadHaider, Syed ShajeeHaider, Junaid Khan and AsadNasir, NUST, Islamabad
BAE-IAP setup a jury on 14th June 2016 in Karachi comprising of the following:
Ar. Najmi Hassan – Vice President IAP
Ar. ArshadFaruqui – Chairman BAE-IAP
Ar. Khadija tul Kubra
Ar. Amir Chaudhry
Ar. RamizBaig – Convener and Honorary Secretary IAP
The two entries which were sent to ARCASIA for the final jury were:
Eco Shelter by Arsalan Khan of Univeristy of Karachi and Urban Lounge by MairaGhayoor of Univeristy of Karachi
These 2 entries joined the 28 other entries from 19 member countries for final jury.
The BAE-IAP- KC- 1st Roundtable of Schools of Architecture - August 2016
First BAE-IAP Roundtable Meeting engaging the heads of schools of architecture in Karachi was held on August 13, 2016 at Beach Luxury Hotel to which all heads of Architecture School in the province of Sindh and Baluchistan were invited. The meeting was hosted by IAP-Karachi Chapter.
With the agenda of “Resource Sharing – Possibilities and Mechanism", the meeting was set to discuss the possibilities of sharing resources including human resources, physical resource and intellectual resources among various institutions in the provinces of Sindh and Baluchistan to further reinforce the existing strength of the schools specially during the Final year thesis. Moreover, suggestions were invited as to how to standardize the Final year thesis program and grading criteria across Pakistan.
Following members attended the meeting.
1. Ar. Ali ZafarQazi, President Institute of Architects Pakistan (IAP)
2. Ar. ArifChangezi, Chairman IAP-Karachi Chapter
3. Ar. ArshadFaruqui, Chairman Board of Architectural Education - Institute of Architects Pakistan
4. Ar. Farida Abdul Ghaffar, Honorary Secretary, BAE-IAP
5. Ar. / Plnr. SadiaFazli, University of Karachi (KU)
6. Ar. Rabi Siddiqui, Dawood University of Engineering and Technology (DUET), Karachi
7. Ar. AzraAlvi, Balochistan University of IT, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS), Quetta
8. Dr. NaeemIrfan, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), Jamshoro
9. Ar. Sami Chohan, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVSAA), Karachi
10. Ar. Fazal Noor, Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi
11. Dr. Bhai Khan Shar, Center of Excellence in Art and Design (CEAD), Jamshoro
12. Dr. AnilaNaeem, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi
Leave of absence was granted to Dr. Ali Akbar Hussain, NazeerHussain University (NHU), Karachi. Three architects attended the meeting as observers as follows:
1. Ar. Jawed Makhdoom, Center of Excellence in Art and Design, Jamshoro
2. Ar. YasiraNaeem Pasha, Dawood University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi
3. Ar. FahadNizamani, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro
The meeting started with the recitation from Holy Quran by Ar. ArifChangezi, Chairman IAP-KC who welcomed the participants and requested Chairman BAE-IAP Ar. ArshadFaruqui to formally begin the meeting proceedings. Ar. ArshadFaruqui invited Ar. Ali ZafarQazi, President IAP for his opening remarks. Addressing the audience, Ar. Ali ZafarQazi informed the participants that 18 institutions in Lahore had a successful meeting and discussed various issues. He highlighted the presence of Ar. SadiaFazli, Registrar PCATP whose input was highly regarded at the meeting. He also assured that IAP and PCATP are now determined to work together for common causes.
Chairman BAE-IAP, Ar. ArshadFaruqui then invited all participants for their formal introduction. He commenced the discussion by emphasizing the participation of academicians in the activities of IAP so as to bridge the gap between IAP and BAE.
After listening and debating various issues as shared by all participants pertaining to grading criteria, senior jurors’ availability, faculty and student exchange programs, use of AutoCAD, resource sharing in the larger interest of cities, formation of semester rules, standardization of thesis report writing and many more.
Chairman BAE-IAP Ar. ArshadFaruqui then requested the Honorary Secretary to present a summary of all points as shared by all heads of schools so as to pick a focused agenda for next meeting. During tea-break, the summary was prepared and presented to the house who agreed on following points to be elaborated in detail in upcoming meetings:
• Prepare resource list of senior jurors as per their expertise and experience.
• Establish appropriate grading criteria to remove discrepancies in grading ratio between external and internal jurors.
• Define rules for externals and criteria for jurors selection
• Define rules for the use of AutoCAD at schools
• Develop mechanism for adopting schools for faculty/ students exchange program
• Explore the network of visiting faculty
The meeting concluded at a vote of thanks and all participants were entertained at lunch by IAP-KC.
The BAE-IAP- KC- 2ndRoundtable of Schools of Architecture – October 2016
Second BAE-IAP Roundtable meeting in Karachi was held on October 15, 2016 at Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi to which all heads of Architecture School in the province of Sindh and Baluchistan were invited. The meeting was hosted by Department of Architecture at SSUET. Under the premise of “Resource Sharing”, the meeting was set to discuss following items on agenda:
• Prepare resource list of senior jurors as per their expertise and experience
• Establish appropriate grading criteria to remove discrepancies in grading ratio between external and internal jurors
• Define rules for external and criteria for jurors’ selection
• Define rules for the use of AutoCAD at schools • Develop mechanism for adopting schools for faculty/ students exchange program
• Explore the network of visiting faculty
Following members attended the meeting.
1. Ar. ArshadFaruqui, Chairman Board of Architectural Education - Institute of Architects Pakistan
2. Ar. ArifChangezi, Chairman IAP-Karachi Chapter
3. Ar. Siknader Hayat Khan, Chairman Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners
4. Ar. Farida Abdul Ghaffar, Honorary Secretary, BAE-IAP
5. Ar. Fazal Noor, Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi
6. Dr. Noman Ahmed, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi
7. Ar. Dr. Ali Akbar Hussain, NazeerHussain University (NHU), Karachi
8. Ar. / Plnr. SadiaFazli, University of Karachi (KU)
9. Ar. RabiaSiddiqui, Dawood University of Engineering and Technology (DUET), Karachi
10. Ar. AzraAlvi, Balochistan University of IT, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS), Quetta
Leave of absence was granted to Ar. Sami Chohan, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVSAA), Karachi, Dr. Bhai Khan Sher, Center of Excellence in Art and Design (CEAD), Jamshoro and Ar. Muhammad HashimJokhio, Mehran UET, Jamshoro.
Chairman BAE-IAP Ar. ArshadFaruqui welcomed Chairman PCATP. He briefed the audience about BAE-IAP activities including recently announced First Photography Competition. He urged all HoDs to kindly follow the format of the competition and nominate maximum 5 students from their schools to take part in the competition. He informed the house that he represented Pakistan at ARCASIA roundtable conference of Boards of Architectural Education held in HongKong in October 2016. He happily shared that entries and presentations made from Pakistan were outstanding as those were well prepared and well presented. The focused group meetings and roundtable meetings frequently held at BAE-IAP forum were also appreciated and other member countries were asked to follow the pattern. Ar. ArshadFaruqui said that due to having academic awards under BAE banner, it helps to develop a direct link with educational institutions across Pakistan and also thesis projects submitted for Awards are archived for further review and deliberation leading towards thesis-standardization. It was also highlighted at ARCASIA meeting and was much appreciated.
While discussing the faculty training programs, Ar. ArshadFaruqui emphasized that most of the participants were not able to express themselves properly. He urged the need of training them for public speaking for which he had discussion with Ar. Prof. NunoSoares in Honk Kong and requested him to design a training workshop to groom communication skills of young faculty members. He also suggested for a silent recording of all participating faculty on the first day so as to evaluate the growth in their communication skill at the end of the workshop. Since Chairman IAP-RIC, Ar. Ateeq was present in the panel so he offered to host it in Islamabad in January 2017. Islamabad was preferred as commuting from various parts of Pakistan to Islamabad is more economical and convenient for the majority, he said. Ar. ArshadFaruqui also updated the house with the frequency of Hods roundtable meetings at various Chapters. He said that IAP-Lahore Chapter was able to conduct only one meeting. Karachi Chapter was having second. No meeting was organized by IAP-RI Chapter as few schools did not agree to hold such meetings. Since there are only two Schools under Peshawar Chapter, they were supposed to join Islamabad Chapter meetings.
Chairman BAE-IAP concluded his remarks while informing the house that first photography competition exhibition will be held in December 2016 or January 2017. The floor was made open for discussion. Ar. Fazal Noorfrom hosting institution suggested Honorary Secretary BAE-IAP, Ar. Farida Gahffar to act as coordinator, record and facilitate the meeting proceedings and form a Whatsapp group of the Hods. The participants then deliberated in details the agenda of the meeting.