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 Zafar Qazi, 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. Ihsan Subhani (Event Convener), Ar. Rehan A. Chaudhry (Event Co-Convener), Haseeb Raza (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 Raza Dawood 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 Areeka Amjad COMSATS Institute of Information and Technology, Lahore; Skins: A study of social anthropomorphism
4 Aujala Naveed Bahadur College of Art and Design, University of the Punjab, Allama Iqbal Campus, Lahore; Illusionistic Dreamscape - An Entertainment Hub
5 Bilal Ahmed Latif Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi; Kalamkari - Craft Hub Chiniot
6 Faheem Abrar Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi; Redefining Edhi Home, Sohrab Goth
7 Faraz Nadeem 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 Hiba Haseeb NED University, Karachi; Revival of Tourism and Cultural Heritage of Swat
12 Ifrah Bukhari College of Art and Design, University of the Punjab, Allama Iqbal Campus, Lahore; Designing the Future by Framing the Past
13 Javeria Rauf 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 Manzoor Hussain University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar (Abbottabad Campus); Cultural Rejuvenation utilizing Labanotion as a tool in Architecture
16 Muhammad Saadain Maqbool Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi; Revitilizing Hopes
17 Muzayyan Zahra University of South Asia, Lahore; Expressionist De Lamod (The Fashion Expressionist)
18 Nuvera Khatri NED University, Karachi; Architecture and the Car
19 Rabeeya Suhail Arif Beaconhouse National University, Lahore; Sanctuary of Thought: Revealing the Palimpsest - Travelling back to the origin
20 Rushad Dastoor 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 and Vocational 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 Sheema Niaz University of South Asia, Lahore; Being Avain - The art of flying
25 Talha Muhammad Tayyab Beaconhouse National University, Lahore; The Pakistan Train (Developing a moving platform to reconnect Pakistan)
26 Tehreem Un Nisa 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 Zafar Qazi, President IAP
• Ar. Farida Abdul Ghaffar, Convener
• Ar. Suhail Abbasi, Eminent Member IAP
• Ar. Ifikhar Azam, Eminent Member IAP
• Prof. Dr. Jawaid Haider, Eminent Architect from Education Sector
• Ar./Plnr. Tahira Sadia Fazli, 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. Arshad Faruqui read the citation of the winning entry and invited Rabeeya Suhail Arif 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 Zafar Qazi. 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. Arshad Faruqui 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 Zahida Faiz, 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 Aroosa Mushtaq, Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi
9 Rushad Dastoor, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi
10 Fahmiyah Fatima Khatri, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi
11 Ahad Saleem 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 Hafsa Asad, National College of Arts, Lahore
15 Waqas Naveed Akhtar, University of South Asia, Lahore
16 Aiman Shafique, 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 Farzana Qurban, 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 Zafar Qazi, 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.