2020-2021 Chairs Announced

ADA Awards is honoured to announce our chairs for our second cycle of award! The chairs will lead an international jury in the shortlisting and selection process set to take place over the next year. These professional from each field bring to the table years of experience, local and contextual understanding, and a critical eye qualifying them to oversee the distribution of these awards.


Jehangir Khan Sherpao

Architecture Chair

Jahangir Khan Sherpao, a renowned architect who has contributed to the architectural fraternity and the country at large, was the President of Architects’ Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA) from 2017-2018. During his tenure, multiple Heritage Roundtables were held by ARCASIA and V4AF (Visegrad 4, Architectural Foundaiton) both locally and internationally.

Prior to this, he served as the President of Institute of Architects, Pakistan (IAP) and as ARCASIA Vice-President Zone A in 2015-2016 concurrently.

He received his professional degrees in Architecture, and later a professional Master’s degree in City & Regional Planning at the Illinois Institute of Technology at Chicago

Saima Zaidi

Design Chair

Saima Zaidi, a Communication Designer, is currently a Professor of Practice in the Department of Communication and Design, as well as Director of the Center for Media and Design, at Habib University, Karachi. She is a core team member of Numaish-Karachi, an award-winning interdisciplinary collective, which opens public spaces of the city for cultural production, creating an open-air gallery, laboratory, and playground.

Zaidi has researched, edited, and designed the book ‘Mazaar, Bazaar: Design and Visual Culture in Pakistan’ published by Oxford University Press, Karachi, in collaboration with the Prince Claus Fund Library, Amsterdam.

She received her undergraduate degree from the National College of Arts, Lahore, and her Master’s from the Pratt Institute, New York

Naazish Attaullah

Art Chair

Naazish Ataullah is a prominent artist, social activist and art historian based in Lahore. Known for her paintings and prints, Ataullah has earned considerable prestige in art circles as one of the most important female artists in the country. She has served as the principal of the National College of Arts, Lahore and as a professor at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore.

Ataullah studied print-making at the Slade School of Fine Arts, London, and, upon her return to Lahore, was instrumental in introducing techniques such as lithography and etching at the Cowasjee Print Studio at NCA. During her student years, Ataullah was a member of the Women Action Forum in the 1980s, which she connects to her current work as she tackles the growing burdens and limitations to the liberty of women. Through her artwork, the artist openly rejects limitations on women as she illustrates the headscarf in a manner defying those restrictions.

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