The only multi-discipline national Awards from Pakistan announces the Chairs of the 3rd cycle 2022-23. The ADA Awards are a call for submission exclusive to Pakistanis residing in any part of the world in the discipline of architecture, design and art. ADA magazine in 2018 extended its portfolio towards the inclusive recognition of great works in all disciplines and the creative minds behind it. ADA AWARDS aims to place Pakistan in the global arena with exceptional creative works intended towards international recognition and in parallel recognize celebrities of the creative fields that impact lives, inspire generations, and leave a legacy of exceptional works.

The last cycle braved the challenging times of the epidemic and still trailed 400 submissions from different parts of the world. The winners were announced in a specially documented unique video that premiered on the ADA youtube channel.

In its third iteration 2022-23, the ADA Awards provides an opportunity for the region’s creative talent to present innovative and original works to be considered by a jury of leading figures from the world of architecture, interiors, art, and design. A panel of national and international experts drawn from each of the disciplines will meet together to review the submissions and choose the winners. The 2022-2023 ADA Awards program is open to works completed by a Pakistani individual or firm in the disciplines of architecture, design, and art, before December 31, 2021. Winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Lahore, dates will be announced soon.

The curator of the Award Maria Aslam states; “the exacting times have forced all of us to reconsider how we live, act and re-enact our lives. This question imposes itself in how we perceive, apply import and significance to art, design, architecture, interiors, heritage, culture for an equitable and just society in our lives. Similarly, I am sure that the jurors apart from aesthetics, functions, forms, process, context, in the submissions of this cycle will be searching for works that demonstrate an inclusive approach for people and the environment.”


Architecture Chair

Yasmeen Cheema
Yasmin Cheema is the first female student inducted in the National College of Arts in Lahore in 1962. She is the first architect to qualify as a Conservation Architect and Planner from Middle Eastern Technical University,

Design Chair

Aisha Khan
Aisha Khan is a designer from Karachi. She has been associated in the design field for over 20 years. After completing her MBA from IBA, she went on to study Graphic Design at the Art Institute of Houston.

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.

Ankara – Turkey. Her specialisations are architecture education, history, conservation of immovable materials cultural assets – monuments, historic areas, small historic cities and villages, adaptive reuse of immovable culture property, immovable cultural property legislature, and cultural heritage inventory methodology.

Yasmin delved into her academic calling from the beginning and was Assistant Professor at NCA in 1988 wherein she initiated, conducted and supervised mega scale documentation of Uch Sharif in Punjab. This excursion of hers would lead her on the roads of being a leading architecture and building conservationist in Pakistan. “The historic quarters of Karachi” published in 1988 by Oxford University Press. She successfully established the External Advisory Board (EAB) for the department of Architecture at Comsat Institute of Information Technology, (CIIT) Lahore. She is a Fellow of National College of Arts and a Distinguished Professor of Architectural Research, of Architecture Department, Beacon House National University, Lahore.

Professor Cheema has been a Board Member of National College of Arts and is a member of Punjab Heritage Fund since 2002 to-date; member of Board of Governors, Punjab Heritage Fund, Government of Punjab, 2009 to-date and is a Member Technical Committee, Tomb of Anarkali, Services and General Administration Department, Archive Wing, Government of Punjab. From 2007 to 2010, she was Heritage Specialist Technical Expert, Department of Antiquities, Sindh Government, while from 2000 to 2006, she has worked as a Consultant for Aga Khan Cultural Services

Yasmin Cheema currently dedicates her time to many of the academic institutes that she has been involved with. A leading voice in the conservation sector of heritage she is invited to many conferences and workshops. Cheema is currently finishing her book titled “Vanishing histories of the earthquake 2005” and will be published soon.

She worked with the award winning design firm frogdesign in Austin, Texas for two years and was associated with the award winning studio Pennebaker in Houston for over a year before she returned to her native Karachi in 2004. For nearly 15 years she worked as a consultant and freelance designer focusing on branding, communications and marketing. Her clients ranged from financial institutions, interior design firms, fashion retail brands, FMCG brands and publication houses. She is currently working in the communications department at Getz Pharma where she heads design and content.

Through her artwork, the artist openly rejects limitations on women as she illustrates the headscarf in a manner defying those restrictions.

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. She has exhibited across Pakistan, India, UK and Scandinavia and has advised and presented papers for International organizations.

She has served as the principal of the National College of Arts, Lahore and as a professor at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore.

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