ADA Awards 2018-19 | The Journey


Architecture Chair


Shahid Sayeed Khan
Shahid Sayeed is an architect, who works in Rural Development along the coast of Pakistan parallel to the generic practice of an architect in Karachi.

Design Chair


Saima Zadi
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

Art Chair


Sameera Raja
Sameera Raja, graduated from NCA in architecture. With her initial years in architectural practice her interest deviated towards art. In the last twenty years, she has


He established IET – Indus Earth Trust, with the vision of helping the underprivileged build better lives. Qualified as an Environmental Architect in the UK, he pursued private practice in Scotland for 18 years.

Shahid further studied building techniques in France (CRATerre) and Japan (Tokyo University). He has been a consultant to the World Bank on projects in Afghanistan- Renewable Energies, Ethiopia-Water/land management, and Yemen-Livelihood Options. He has over 40 years of experience in Architecture and Rural Development. He has been working in Pakistan since the early 1990s.

Shahid Sayeed Khan is also an academic who has taught at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi University and Habib University. He has led many research programs and workshops in mud resilient architecture

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.

acquired a leading position as a gallerist of Pakistan. By establishing Canvas Gallery, Karachi in 1999, she has changed the course of art market in the country by focusing on contemporary art and promoting Pakistani artists around the globe.

With regular shows being held around the year, Sameera Raja has contributed in the world of art, through her choice of artists, publications, residency projects and participation in international art events. Sameera Raja presents Pakistani art in her talks delivered at various forums, art fairs and institutes in Pakistan and abroad.

Sameera Raja is currently the Chairperson of the Executive Committee and a Member of the Board of Governors of the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi.



Dr. Asma Ibrahim
Dr. Asma Ibrahim is a senior archaeologist and museum professional of Pakistan. She is into the field of Archaeology and Museums for more than three decades.



Davide Tommaso
Davide Tommaso Ferrando is an architecture critic and researcher. He has a Master’s degree in Advanced Architectural Design, and a Doctorate in Architecture and Building Design.



Gonca Pasolar
Gonca Paşolar has been working with Emre Arolat Architecture as founding partner and senior architect since April 2004. She received her B.Arch degree in 1996 and M.Arch degree in 1999

She established the first Monetary Museum of the Central Bank of Pakistan, presently serving as its Director. Her recent projects include conservation of Varun Dev temple, under the grant of US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation for her NGO, the SEAS Pakistan. She is teaching photography to visually impaired and producing Braille books for currency teaching.

As an Archaeologist she has been actively involved in exploration and excavations in Sindh and Balochistan for more than three decades. Since 2011 she has been excavating at the site of Banbhore and doing scientific analysis of glass discovered there She has numerous publications to her credit and more importantly an author of textbooks for Class IV and V. Dr. Ibrahim’s groundbreaking work on a Persian mummy has been documented by BBC, Discovery, ZDF, and HBO television channels.

She is serving on several consultative committees for the Government of Sindh, Board of Governors of different educational institutions, Founder Member of Sindh Exploration & Adventure Society, Centre for Archaeological & Environmental Research, and Terracotta, a project under Zohra Ibrahim Foundation. She is also a Board Member of the Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM) since 2017, and Museum Consultant for number of museums and a Trustee of Karachi Art Biennale 2017.

His interests lie in studying the points of convergence for architecture, city and media. Currently, he is Post-Doc University Assistant in the Department of Architectural Theory and History at the University of Innsbruck. He has also held the position of adjunct professor Politecnico di Torino, Università di Ferrara and ETSA Madrid, and has been invited as a guest lecturer at many international universities.

Davide brings a rich curatorial experience. In 2016, he curated “Unfolding Pavilion: Curated Archives” exhibition, with Daniel Tudor Munteanu. He was the scientific consultant for the “Meeting the Commons” section of the Italian Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2017, he curated the Festival “Architettura in Città” of Torino with Nina Bassoli and in 2018, the “Unfolding Pavilion: Little Italy” exhibition and symposium is curated with Daniel Tudor Munteanu and Sara Favargiotti.

He is the editor of several publications and his work is published in accredited international journals and magazines. In 2018 he published his first monographic book: The City in the Image. He is the director of 011+ and vide-director of Viceversa.

from Middle East Technical University. She worked in Ankara between 1997-1998 and in Istanbul between 2000-2001 at two different offices. She then started working at Arolat Architects in 2002 before starting their own practice with Emre Arolat.

She has participated in various national and international conferences, seminars and juries; some of them are: 2014, Jury Member at Lapseki Municipality Office Building Design Competition in Çanakkale, 2012 Symposium of ACO in Rendsburg Germany, 2012 9 Eylül University Faculty of Architecture Jury Member at Graduation Project in Izmir, 2009 Boğaziçi University, “Project Management” Seminar in Istanbul.
Gonca received Europe 40 Under 40 Awards, given to the best young architects of Europe under the age of 40 in 2010 and was one of the 5 shortlisted candidates who was nominated for AJ’s Women Architects of the Year in 2015.

Gonca has led many projects, listed below, in EAA as the project responsible and team leader. Since 2014, as the Chief Operating Officer of EAA, in charge of the three offices in New York, London and Istanbul. She is responsible for the General Coordination, Process Management and QA/QC processes of all projects as well as the management and delivery procedures in accordance with the agreements. Proposal and Contract Management is another responsibility she handles together with all administrative affairs in EAA.

The practice opened their London Office in 2014 and New York Office in 2017. With Emre Arolat, she performed as Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture


Herve Matin
Herve Matin completed his Fine Arts from University of Tehran-IRAN before coming to France in 1982. He got his PhD in Fine Arts from Paris Diderot University (Université Paris 7) in 1987.



Iftikhar Azam
Iftikhar Azam is a prolific designer based in Pakistan. He has a master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Houston and his career spans over three decades in United States and


Javed Jabbar
Senator (R) Javed Jabbar is a screenwriter, filmmaker, and advertising mogul. As an elected member of the Senate of Pakistan, he has with extensive experience in public affairs, grass-root

From 1986 to 1992, He had various work experiences from teaching to working as graphic designer, art director in communication agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi -London, ILC – Paris, Landais Print & Communication – Paris.

He founded HM Studio Graphic Design Agency in 1993, then became co-founder and general manager of Genie Interactif Communication Agency from 1996 to 2006.
In 2000, Hervé Matine initiated Mediavillage, the first co-working space, offering freelancers, communication and web agencies a high tech, plug and play open space office of 1600m2 in heart of Paris. From 2002 to 2008 he curated several exhibitions and hosted 2002 Greenpeace auction against global warming.

President of 4 Tomorrow Association, he is the founder of poster for tomorrow, an international project whose goal is to encourage people, both in and outside the design community, to make posters to stimulate debate on issues that affect us all. For 10 years, several editions of poster for tomorrow were under patronage of Council of Europe and French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is endorsed by charities such as Amnesty, Reporters Without Borders, FIDH, and collaborated with different department of United Nations.

Pakistan. He has worked with some of the most renowned firms in the world, such as Ellerbe Becket and Lohan Associates (Formerly the Offices of Mies van der Rohe). During this period, he was involved in the design of numerous commercial and institutional buildings across USA.
Iftikhar has been serving as the principal Architect and CEO of h3 Architects since its inception in 2007. The firm has a diverse portfolio, including commercial, industrial, corporate and interior work.

Prior to establishing h3, Iftikhar also served as the Design Partner of Ahed+Azam Partnership for over a decade.
Iftikhar’s academic interests include reconciling the challenges of the modern city with the residual of spiritual dust from the glorified past of the history books.

Iftikhar is the winner of two recent national architectural competitions and three second place awards. He has also been a jury member on several national design competitions for PCATP (Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners) and IAP (Institute of Architects, Pakistan). He is a visiting critic at numerous academic institutions and an adjunct faculty for Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. He is a frequent speaker, presenter and moderator on national forums. His works have been published both nationally and internationally.

development, welfare organizations, international affairs, and a variety of government departments. Beyond his political career, he is the founder of MNJ Communications (Pvt.), known for producing distinctive and unique advertising content.

He wrote and produced the Pakistani film ‘Ramchand Pakistani’ and ‘Beyond the Last Mountain’ (1976) which was critically acclaimed at international film festivals; the film was celebrated due to its realistic and gender-sensitive portrayal of women. Through his vast experience, he has mentored successful marketing and advertising practitioners; additionally, he was also the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the AdAsia 2019, promoting more impactful and thoughtful advertising in the country.


Joumana Ibrahim
Joumana Ibrahim graduated with an MA from the London College of Communications (LCC) after obtaining a BA in graphic design and a minor in fine arts from the Lebanese American University.


Khurram Kasim
Khurram Kasim went to boarding school at Millfield in Somerset, United Kingdom and subsequently attended Babson College in Massachusetts, United States. Upon his return to Pakistan


Marjorie Husain
Marjorie Husain is an integral part of the Pakistani art scene on several levels: artist, art critic, curator, writer and documenter, lecturer, a close friend of the art community, and a dedicated

Her focus at LCC was on information design, including her Master’s thesis, focusing on a spatial analysis of Hamra and Jeitawi streets in Beirut.

Upon returning to Lebanon, she worked as an art director at Leo Burnett Beirut, serving a vast array of leading Lebanese and international brands, and winning a number of regional and international awards.

These awards made her realize the importance of constantly challenging herself creatively & the value of giving back by helping young aspiring designers hone their talent.

Joumana is currently an adjunct faculty at the Lebanese American University, a member of the MENA Design Research Center, and a freelance graphic and information designer and art director for local and international brands.

in 1997, Khurram joined his family business group. He sits on the board of directors of a number of companies and organisations of the Hasham Group, which was established by his grandfather Mr. Haji Hasham in 1948.
Khurram started collecting contemporary Pakistani art in 1997. Over the past twenty one years he has established one of the most significant private contemporary art collections in Pakistan.

In 2010, Khurram was invited by Christies and Green Cardamom to speak about collecting Contemporary art in Pakistan.
In 2011, Khurram was one of the sponsors of the Rising Tide exhibition at Mohatta Palace Museum in Karachi. Curated by Naiza Khan, this was one of the first major public contemporary art exhibitions in Pakistan which focused on new directions in art in the country between 1990 to 2010. A significant portion of works from his collection were loaned to the Mohatta Palace Museum for this exhibition.

In 2016, Khurram Kasim was invited by the Indian Art Fair to represent Pakistan at their Speakers Forum highlighting the New Generation of South Asian Collectors.

In 2017, he established the Khurram Kasim Art Foundation. KKAF’s maiden initiative was sponsoring an artist from Pakistan to be selected for the 2018 International Summer Residency Program at Delfina Foundation in the United Kingdom.

In October 2017, Khurram was invited to be one of the three jury members of the inaugural KB17 Karachi Biennale juried prize.
Currently Khurram also serves on the board of the advisory committee of VASL artists’ association.

patron of Pakistani art. Besides writing art reviews, Marjorie is also passionate about cataloguing and archiving art and artists in Pakistan.

Her art books are mostly documentations of the artists’ art work and life and times.

She has written on numerous important names of the art scene of Pakistan. Her book Artviews: Encounters With Artists in Pakistan is a compilation of her published articles on more than forty Pakistani artists.


Sajida Vandal
Prof. Sajida Haider Vandal, the Vice Chancellor designate of the forthcoming Institute of Culture and Art, and the former Principal of the National College of Arts, Lahore is an Architect,



Salima Hashmi
Salima Hashmi is an artist, curator and contemporary art historian. Professor Hashmi was the founding Dean of the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Art and Design at Beaconhouse National University,



Savita Apte
Savita Apte is an art historian whose forte is Modern and Contemporary art from South Asia. A Museums and Institutions Consultant, she is a founder director of Art Dubai, Associate

Educationist, a Rights Activist and the CEO of THAAP, a SECP registered Section 42 Company. She is an alumnus of the University of New South Wales, Australia (Masters of the Built Environment 1984) and the University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. (B.Arch 1970).

As principal associate of PV & Associates, Prof. Vandal’s architectural works include the Mira Phailbus Center at Kinnaird College, Lahore, the Comsats Institute of Information Technology Campus at Lahore, Sacred Heart School Senior’s Academic Block, Lahore, Punjab College Jhang and others. She has been involved in many heritage conservation projects including the Management Plans and Conservation of Structures in the World Heritage Site at Lahore (Lahore Fort & Shalimar Gardens) She has also been consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO, and the Norwegian government on several of their initiatives and programs in Pakistan and the region. The firm was recognized through the Commonwealth Association of Architects Robert Matthew Award 2016, jointly awarded to M/S Pervaiz Vandal & Associates & M/S Grimshaw Architects UK.

Sajida Vandal is responsible for the Culture and Development Program of THAAP, where her work focuses on Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Pakistani communities. She is designated as an ICH expert by UNESCO and works in capacity building initiatives of the organization in the Asia-Pacific region. She also has numerous publications to her credit including the seminal book ‘The Raj, Lahore, and Bhai Ram Singh’ and ‘Cultural Expressions of South Punjab’.

Lahore. She was Professor of Fine Art at National College of Arts [NCA] Lahore and was also Principal of the College.

She has written extensively on the arts. Her book “Unveiling the Visible- Lives and Works of Women Artists of Pakistan” was published in 2002, and ‘Memories, Myths, Mutations – Contemporary Art of India and Pakistan’ co- authored with Yashodhara Dalmia for Oxford University Press, India in 2006. She has edited ‘The Eye Still Seeks – Contemporary Art of Pakistan for Penguin Books, India in 2014.

Salima Hashmi curated “Hanging Fire” an exhibition of Pakistani Contemporary Art for Asia Society Museum, New York in 2009, which was accompanied by an extensive catalogue.

She curated the critically acclaimed exhibition titled ‘This Night-Bitten Dawn’ hosted by Gujral Foundation and the Devi Art Foundation in Delhi, which opened on the occasion of the Delhi Art Fair, 2016. She has recently curated a group show of Indian and Pakistani artists ‘Pale Sentinels’ at Aicon Gallery, New York.

Government of Pakistan awarded her the President’s Medal for Pride of Performance for Art Education in 1999.

The Australian Council of Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) nominated her as Inaugural International Fellow, for distinguished service to art and design education in 2011. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Bath Spa University in 2016. She was awarded with title of Professor Emeritus from BOG Beaconhouse National University on the occasion of 12th convocation in 2017.

She is Council member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

of Serpentine Gallery for Indian Highway, and sits on the advisory boards of the Asia Art Archive, AlSerkal Avenue, Sovereign Art Fund and Para Site. Apte formulated The Abraaj Group Art Prize in 2009, which helped focus international attention on art production, curation and art writing from the MENASA region.

Until 2016 she served as the Chair of the Prize overseeing the commissions whilst also expanding and documenting the corporate collection. She co- founded Asal Partners and Platform Projects, each of which advanced research based art and its audiences.

Apte began her career at Sotheby’s and has been instrumental in setting up the Sotheby’s Prize for contemporary Indian art. Initially a microbiologist and immunologist, she holds a postgraduate diploma in Asian Art and a Masters in Post War and Contemporary Art and her doctoral thesis is on the Progressive Artists Group and Modernism in India.

Apte regularly lectures on South Asian art history, postcolonial modernisms and the market at Sotheby’s Institute London, SOAS and Oxford University OUDCE and Singapore.

She has two forthcoming publications on the subject. She contributes regularly to academic journals and has been invited as a guest curator for a number of international exhibitions.


Umar Hameed
Umar Hameed is a designer and educationist with Masters in Design Innovation and Media Studies. Along with his teaching and industrial experience he has engaged in numerous community


Zahra Taraneh Yalda
Taraneh is an architect and city planner who has been working in Iran for over 35 years, in the field of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning and Design, and as associate to Consulting


Mehreen Rizvi Khursheed
Mehreen Rizvi Khursheed is an art advisor to several collectors and a consultant to Frieze Art Fair in London and New York; she is also a trustee of the Lahore Biennale Foundation UK, member of the Steering Committee of

engagement and empowerment projects emphasizing the role of Design as a specialized discipline where the overarching theme has been to address the importance of unlearning in order to learn as a two-way effort to shape knowledge and foster a critical understanding of our cultural milieu.

Some of his projects include IN Design Curricula where he conducted workshops and produced artworks with school children as part of Totally Thames Festival 2013, 2014 in their annual exhibition titled ‘Rivers of The World’.

He is a Researcher and Art Director for The History Project ‘s publication ‘Partitioned Histories: The Other Side of Your Story’ in 2016. He was also the Team Leader in BNU, Lahore Biennale Foundation, Danish Cultural Organization CKU’s collaborative project ‘Stories We Tell’ for working with the Mirasi community of Lahore.

Umar has participated in Fabrica’s Imago Mundi 2017 and has been a co-principal Investigator for HEC’s Thematic Research Grant 2017, ‘Furthering the Foundation Model in Art and Design Higher Education in Pakistan’. He was also the main organizer, researcher and conductor of ‘Design Thinking’ workshop for Summer School in Social Innovation Academy, Uganda, 2017.
Umar is currently the Head of Department of Foundation Year Studies in Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, Lahore.

Engineers Companies.

Some of her most important project include the master and detailed plans for the cities of Mashad , Susa, Yazd, Kerman, Tabas, and many other Iranian cities as well the master strategic plan for Tehran, from 2004 to 2012.

She is a social activist and consultant for the City of Tehran. She is also the head of an influent social virtual group of Artists, Architects and planners, and other specialists that are trying to convince the City of Tehran to change its attitudes towards a better life style for all social groups living in Greater Tehran.

She is affiliated in different professional associations and societies of architects and consultants.

She has been constantly working with the Press for over 30 years, writing for architectural magazines and daily newspapers.

the Aga Khan Museum patrons in London, and founding member of the South Asian Acquisition Committee (SAAC) at Tate Modern, UK. Additionally, she arranged the first ever auction of Middle Eastern art in the USA in May 2010.

Mehreen has played a pivotal role in developing the Pakistani art market; under her guidance, Bonhams has become a leader in Pakistani art, holding records for major Pakistani artists.

mentored successful marketing and advertising practitioners; additionally, he was also the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the AdAsia 2019, promoting more impactful and thoughtful advertising in the country.

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