- 1st Photography Competition Exhibition- January 2017
KARACHI: ‘We believe that communities thrive on human innovation and creative expression. Architects and artists hold our communities to a more aesthetic, more functional and most importantly a more sustainable standard of living’, said by Mr. Jehanzeb Khan, Chief Executive- AkzoNobel Pakistan Limited who was addressing the audience at the Inauguration of First Photography Competition Exhibition organized by BAE-IAP (Board of Architectural Education, Institute of Architects Pakistan). Emphasizing the need of society’s contribution to support such endeavors, he highlighted the role of his company as a part of greater ‘Process’ and said that ‘AkzoNobel around the world has been supporting and investing in the promotion and development of art and architecture’. He also assured his support for the next cycle of Photography competition.
‘The Process’ was the title of the First Photography Competition for the students of architecture from across Pakistan. As the title and definition suggests, the subject and theme addressed the process in architectural context. The Process began four months back inviting all schools of Architecture to nominate maximum five students and each nominee was asked to submit maximum 3 images. The response was overwhelming and out of 99 nominations from 23 schools, 59 contestants from 18 schools across Pakistan submitted their photos and total number of exhibits on display touched a figure of 176. The photos captured a wide variety of subjects under the domain of ‘Process’.
A grand exhibition of the First Photography Competition was inaugurated by the President IAP and CEO AkzoNobel on 18th January 2017 at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture witnessed by large number of students, architects and artists. Addressing on the occasion, the President IAP, Ar. Ali ZafarQazi appreciated the efforts of BAE in bringing students of Architecture to a common platform through this Photography competition – one if it’s kind in the history of IAP. He congratulated the organizing team led by Ar. ArshadFaruqui, Chairman BAE; ably assisted by young architects AffanAdil and BismaAskari for putting the show together very successfully.
Ar. Arif Changezi, Chairman IAP-Karachi Chapter welcomed the participants and expressed his gratitude to BAE-IAP for providing Karachi Chapter an opportunity to host this pioneering event to be followed in the years to come.
On the occasion, Chairman BAE-IAP Ar. ArshadFaruqui highlighted the role of BAE-IAP in synchronizing all institutions imparting architectural education across Pakistan and helping to set standards for quality education. He thanked IAP for patronizing the show and IAP Karachi Chapter for hosting this first ever competition and providing great support throughout the ‘Process’ stretched over almost four months. He also marked the support extended by AkzoNobel to architectural fraternity, in general and for this competition, in particular. Pointing up the role of conveners, he admired the efforts of Ar. AffanAdil and Ar. BismaAskari who left no stone unturned to curate this exhibition with a keen eye to every minute detail. He expressed his gratitude to the jurors who meticulously observed each photograph and evaluated a large number of entries on display to select the best as winners. Ar. Faruqui also thanked Ar. Farida Abdul Ghaffar for her contribution in steering the process. Last but not the least, he said, ‘Without institutions and students’ participation this show would not have been a great success’. The winners of the First Photography Competition were announced by one of the jurors, Farah Mahbub whereas the Jury comprised of following members:
• Ar. Ali Zafar Qazi, President IAP
• Ar. Arshad Faruqui, Chairman BAE-IAP
• Ar. Arif Changezi, Chairman IAP-KC
• Ar. Tariq A Qaiser, Eminent Member IAP
• Amean J, Eminent Photographer
• Farah Mahbub, Eminent Photographer
• Alena Amir, Corporate Communications Manager, AkzoNobel Pakistan Limited
The jury assessed 176 anonymous photographs on display and short listed ten photographs in first round. The shortlisted photographs were further evaluated under given criteria individually by each jury member. All scores of seven jurors were tabulated and positions were declared on the basis of average score after which the names of the winners were revealed as photographs were coded confidentially. Out of 176 photographs, Sakina Hassan of Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture secured First Position with a score of 82.6%. One of the images captured by NawalMazhar of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad scored second position (81.1%). The third position with a score of 79.2% was given to the photograph as clicked by WasiqShakeel of University of Gujrat. Two honorable mentions were given to Ammar Zia of Dawood University of Engineering Technology, Karachi (76.2%) and Laraib Fatima Rizvi of Department of Architecture, UET, Lahore (75.3%). One special position for ‘Dulux Let's Color Award’ was awarded to Ziaullah of CECOS University, Peshawar.
The exhibition as inaugurated on 18th January remained open for public for three days. During IAPex Karachi on 16th April 2017, the winners of First Photography Competition were presented with trophies and cash prizes of Rs. 25,000, Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 10,000 for securing first, second and third positions respectively by SakinaHasan (IVS, Karachi), NawalMazhar (COMSATS, Islamabad) and WasiqShakeel (University of Gujrat). Ammar Zia (DUET, Karachi) and Laraib Fatima (UET, Lahore) were given honorable mentions. One special position for ‘Dulux Let's Color Award’ was awarded to Ziaullah of CECOS University, Peshawar with a cash prize of Rs. 15,000/=. Mr. Jehanzeb Khan, Chief Executive- AkzoNobelPakistan Limited graced the occasion with his presence and handed over trophies and cash prizes to the winners of Photography Competition.
- Mehdi Ali Mirza Awards - April 2017
Mehdi Ali Mirza Awards are conferred by the Institute of Architects Pakistan (IAP) to the top achievers of graduating batches from the schools of Architecture in Pakistan every year. Convened by the Board of Architectural Education IAP, this year the Awards are conferred at Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar. Recently IAP Karachi Chapter and IAP Lahore Chapter hosted the ceremony during their IAPex on April 15, 2017 and April 26, 2017 respectively to confer the Mehdi Ali Mirza Awards to the recipients from the accredited schools under their respective Chapter domain.
The Mehdi Ali Mirza Award is named after a legend who laid down the foundation of professional architectural practice in a newly created country- Pakistan. Introduced in 1984 by the Institute of Architects Pakistan (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 schools. Born in Hyderabad State, British India in 1910, Mehdi Ali Mirza was amongst the first generation of formally trained architects in Pakistan. Upon his migration to Pakistan immediately after the creation of the new state, he joined the Public Works Department. With his keen interest to promote the profession of Architecture in Pakistan, 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. On the occasion of his 13th death anniversary in 1984, IAP instituted Mehdi Ali Mirza Award; paying tribute to his lifelong service for the profession.
The Board of Architectural Education at IAP invited nominations for the Award from all accredited schools and received a total number of 19 nominations from 18 schools as follows:
IAP - Karachi Chapter (KC):
1. Zumra Kanwal Ansari, Center of Excellence of Art and Design, MUET, Jamshoro
2. Naseeb Shah Mohammad, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro
3. Maria Sajid Zaheer, Dawood University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi
4. Unaiza Asif, Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi
5. Sameen Javed, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi
6. Tooba Khaled, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi
7. Tehreem Sahir, Balochistan University of IT, Engineering and Management Sciences, Quetta
IAP - Lahore Chapter (LC):
1. Amber Fatima, College of Art and Design, University of the Punjab, AllamaIqbal Campus, Lahore
2. Mansoor Ahmed, COMSATS Institute of Information and Technology, Lahore
3. Syed Asmar - Ul - Hassan, COMSATS Institute of Information and Technology, Lahore
4. Shanaz Khan, National College of Arts, Lahore
5. Vidad Naveed, University of South Asia, Lahore
6. Sana Akram, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore
7. FaizanAfzal, Superior University, Lahore
8. Muhammad Sabeeh Ahsan, University of Management and Technology, Lahore
IAP – Rawalpindi Islamabad Chapter (RIC):
1. Huma Hamid, COMSATS Institute of Information and Technology, Islamabad
2. Samna Sadaf Khan, School of Art and Design, NUST, Islamabad
3. Saamee Sabah Mufti, School of Art and Design, NUST, Islamabad
IAP – Peshawar Chapter (PC):
1. Muhammad Zeshan, University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar (Abbottabad Campus)
2. Rizwan Aziz, CECOS University of IT and Emerging Sciences, Peshawar
The recipients of Mehdi Ali Mirza Award under IAP-KC domain were honored during IAPex Karachi on 16th April 2017. They received their awards from Vice President IAP Ar. AnjumAdil accompanied by Chairman BAE-IAP Ar. ArshadFaruqui and IAP-KC Chairman Ar. ArifChangezi.
At Lahore, the awards were conferred by renowned personalities from the field of Architecture in Pakistan, Ar. Pervaiz Vandal and Ar. Sajida Vandal who were accompanied by Chairman BAE-IAP Ar. ArshadFaruqui and IAPex Convener Ar. AzharSualehi on the stage. The Award ceremony at IAP –RIC and PC will take place in due course of time.
- The BAE-IAP- KC- 3rd Roundtable of Schools of Architecture – April 2017
Third BAE-IAP Roundtable meeting in Karachi was held on April 01, 2017 at City Campus of NED University, 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 NED University. Following was the agenda for the meeting:
• To apprise the participants with the on-going BAE Activities and seek their feedback and suggestions forRoundtable meetings at various Chapter levels
• Update on Photography Competition and Exhibition
• To discuss Faculty Award
• To discuss and review the resource sharing proposals and commitments as made in previous meetings
• To appoint a point person to keep a close liaison with all schools under IAP-KC domain for the execution of various proposals as discussedto be discussed in RT meetings.
• To discuss the way forward for BAE and IAP to work together.
Following members attended the meeting.
1. Ar. Arshad Faruqui (AF), Chairman Board of Architectural Education - Institute of Architects Pakistan
2. Ar. Asad I A Khan (AIK), Chairman Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners
3. Ar. Farida Abdul Ghaffar (FAG), Honorary Secretary, BAE-IAP
4. Dr. Noman Ahmed (NA), NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi
5. Ar. / Plnr. SadiaFazli (SF), University of Karachi (KU)
6. Ar. Rabia Siddiqui (RS), Dawood University of Engineering and Technology (DUET), Karachi
7. Ar. AzraAlvi (AA), Balochistan University of IT, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS), Quetta
8. Ar. Sami Chohan (SC), Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVSAA), Karachi
9. Ar. Jawed Hussain Makhdoom (JHM), Centre of Excellence in Art & Design, MUET, Jamshoro
Leave of absence was granted to Ar. Fazal Noor (Sir Syed University, Karachi) and Ar. Muhammad HashimJokhio (MehranUET, Jamshoro). The Chairman IAP-KC Ar. ArifChangezi could not attend the meeting due to some other IAP commitment whereas Dr. Ali AKbar Husain (NazeerHussain University, Karachi) informed that he had discontinued his service to the school.
- The BAE-IAP- RIC- 1st Roundtable of Schools of Architecture – June 2017
First BAE-IAP Roundtable meeting under the domain of IAP-Rawalpindi Islamabad Chapter and Peshawar Chapter was held on June 20, 2017 at Hotel Serena, Islamabad to which all heads of Architecture Schools in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Capital City were invited. The meeting was hosted by IAP-RIC. Following members attended the meeting:
• Ar. Arshad Faruqui, Chairman BAE-IAP
• Ar. Fawad Suhail Abbasi, Vice President IAP
• Ar. Kabeer Malik, Chairman IAP-RIC
• Ar. Haroon -ur-Rashid, Vice Chairman IAP-RIC
• Ar. Fahim Gilani, Executive Member IAP-RIC
• Ar. Adnan Khan, CECOS University
• Ar. Mubashar Ahmed Khan, NCA Rawalpindi
• Ar. Shabbir-ullah-Qureshi, UET Peshawar – Abbottabad Campus
• Ar. Sikandar Ajam Khan, NUST Islamabad
• Ar. Uzma Kabir, COMSATS Islamabad
In his opening remarks, Ar. ArshadFaruquihighlighted the current and past years’ achievements of BAE-IAP. He informed that for the past two years, his focus has been to stream line the systems and to bring all the academic awards under the BAE-IAP. This has helped collecting data from the institutions and also one can look at the standards of different institutions.
He told the participants about three new faculty awards which have been introduced in his tenure and will be launched this year. The three awards are as following:
1. IAP YOUNG SCHOLAR - RESEARCH GRANT AWARDS (IYS-RGA)
2. IAP FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARDS (IFEA) for Senior Faculty Members
3. IAP FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARDS (IFEA) for Junior Faculty Members
He also reported about the First Photography Competition followed by exhibition as introduced this year. It received very positive response from the institutions. Ar.ArshadFaruqui informed the HoDs that at Karachi Chapter, schools are planning to introduce a two week design assignment which will be conducted in all the institutions simultaneously. This 2-week design assignment will help in assessing the standard of teaching and students at various institutions. He also informed that a workshop on public speaking is in progress which will be hosted by IAP-RIC.
He apprised the house about the objective of holding such meetings which provide the institutions a platform where they can discuss ideas and issues faced by them and also share resources as well.
Lastly Chairman BAE asked to share inputs of HODs on the agenda of the meeting.