Sajidah Haider Vandal

Professor

Pervaiz Vandal

Professor

Dr. Ali Akbar Hussain

Professor

Najjmussqib Sheikh

Professor

Syed Fawad Hussain

Associate Professor

M. Omar Farooq

Associate Professor

Mehwish Abid

Assistant Professor

Sahar Saqlain

Assistant Professor

Aabidah Shujaat Ali

Lecturer 

Mehreen Mustafa

Assistant Professor

Sofia Wanchoo Mir

Assistant Professor

Mirza Hammad Hussain

Lecturer

Meeza Ubaid

Lecturer

Saniya Batool Jafri

Lecturer

Sajidah Haider Vandal

Professor Vandal is also a founding Director of THAAP, a not-for-profit organization which was established in 2006 to further the knowledge and research in the history, art and architecture of Pakistan. In this connection she is engaged in promoting the inalienable right of people to their own culture and the cultural and linguistic diversity prevalent in Pakistan. She has worked extensively in South Punjab to empower communities especially women through their crafts and heritage.  THAAP is the only NGO from Pakistan which is accredited by UNESCO under their Intangible Cultural Heritage Agenda. Prof, Vandal has extensive experience of working on assignments for international development agencies including Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Swiss Development Agencies and others. UNESCO, as the leading international body on culture has engaged Prof. Vandal on several projects  including Managements Plans and Conservation of the World Heritage Site of Lahore Fort and Shalamar Garden, Integrating Culture in Schools and Learning and such others. She is currently involved as Heritage Site Planning Specialist in developing the Integrated Site Management Plan for two Gurdwaras under the Punjab Tourism for Economic Growth Project and several other cultural heritage initiatives which resonate her interest in a people centered development approach. She has also served as Advisor/Expert on many UNESCO initiatives and is currently involved with a team of experts of the Asia Pacific Region building the agenda for UNESCO for “Culture and Peace”

Prof. Vandal is the co-author along with Pervaiz Vandal of the seminal book “The Raj, Lahore and Bhai Ram Singh” (NCA 2006), the Cultural Expressions of South Punjab” (UNESCO-THAAP 2011) and co-author of the Management Plan of the Shalimar Garden, Lahore (UNESCO-Government of Punjab-Getty Foundation 2008) among others. She is Lifetime member of Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners (PCATP) and Fellow of the Institute of Architects, Pakistan ( IAP) and the recipient of the “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres” of the French Government.

Pervaiz Vandal

Professor

Professor Parvaiz Vandal is currently Pro Vice Chancellor of the IAC, Director of THAAP and President at Parvaiz Vandal & Associates. He has also worked as a Consultant at World Bank in projects in Vietnam, Ethiopia and Pakistan.

A prominent educationist, he has been a Member of Adjunct faculty at LUMS, NCA and Advisor to COMSATS University for establishing their Department of Architecture. He has Co-authored ‘The Raj, Lahore, and Bhai Ram Singh’ and edited 7 publications of THAAP Conferences 2010-2017

Dr. Ali Akbar Hussain

Professor

Najjmussqib Sheikh

Professor

Syed Fawad Hussain

Associate Professor

Syed Fawad Hussain, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the School of Architecture Design and Urbanism (SADU) is an architect and philosopher with an academic background in both fields. He is an international award-winning architect including prestigious Prix Versailles Award, Paris and Eurasian Award, Russia. He is the founder and Principal at Metropolitan Studio of Architecture (MSA) and also heads the works of MSA-RI and MSA Collaborative- subdivisions of MSA.  His design practice has been recognized as ‘One of the Most Influential Names of Architecture and Design’ by Architectural Digest, India in year 2016. He has also published a monograph of his architectural practice namely Assemblage. Prior to joining IAC as a full-time faculty member, he worked as an independent architect and educator. He has been part of prestigious Architecture Design institutes of Pakistan throughout his career like National College of Arts and Punjab University. He has Eighteen years of design teaching and design work experience.

Muhammad Omar Farooq

Associate Professor

Mr. Muhammad Omar Farooq has professional experience of 20 years. He received his Bachelors of Architecture degree (Design Major) from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan in 1998, followed by Masters of Architecture degree (Design Major) from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, United States. Since then, he has actively executed various projects of different scales, budgets and complexities, both inside and outside Pakistan. Most of the projects are related to hospitality, healthcare, educational, commercial and corporate sectors. He has also worked with many clients including but not limited to Canadian International Development Agency, USAID, US Army Corps of Engineers, Royal Air force of Oman, Hyatt International Technical Services, Avari Hotels Limited, EPOS Health Management, Conde Nast Publication, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Fauji Fertilizers, Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications, Lahore Grammar School etc.

Omar is also an Associate Professor at IAC and is the Coordinator of the IAC-WCLA Collaborative Partnership which offers teaching programs (Post graduate and short courses) in Heritage and Tourism, collaborative research and publications of books and planning innovative interventions to support cultural heritage management and safeguarding. He is also involved with the setting up of the heritage archives (database) at IAC and has been working with THAAP on many of their culture heritage projects. Omar has also attended Archaeological Workshop at Lahore Fort, organized by Agha Khan Foundation and Agha Khan University, London.

He is recipient of various academic awards including the AIA (American Institute of Architects) competition for professional practice and Donald E. Ferry Award for the outstanding graduate thesis project related to the United Nations Headquarter, Manhattan, New York. He is registered with PCATP.

Mehwish Abid

Assistant Professor

Mehwish Abid graduated from B.Arch. with distinction from COMSATS University Islamabad in 2010 and Master of Art (Architecture) from the University of Liverpool (UK) with a distinction in 2012. She is the Principal Architect of Studio of Architecture, Research and Design (S A R D). Mehwish Abid’s teaching and research interests include Architectural Design & history and theory of the built environments in relation to colonialism, displacement, and migration. She is a member of the research consortium on Urbanism at borders based in Robert Gordon University (UK).  She has widely published her research in recognized journals and is involved in development projects spearheaded by UNESCO in collaboration with THAAP and IAC. As an artist, she works with text, photography, and object creation and has exhibited in more than 10 shows over the last decade nationally and internationally. Her art practice revolves around the genesis of 3-dimensional space as image and vice versa located in subjects such as cultural borders, conflict, and migration.

Sahar Saqlain

Assistant Professor

Aabidah Shujaat Ali

Lecturer

Aabidah is an architect and a B. Arch graduate from the College of Art and Design, University of the Punjab, Lahore. She has co-organized several international conferences, talks, seminars and exhibitions for THAAP and IAC. She has worked on consultancy projects awarded by UNESCO focusing on the Kalasha community and is currently taking up more projects related to culture and heritage.

Mehreen Mustafa

Assistant Professor

Mehreen Mustafa has a bachelors in architecture from COMSATS University, Lahore.
She is an architect, researcher, academic and education activist keen at investigating realms
of community based participatory design with a special focus on informal settlements and
politics of public spaces. Her research includes exploration of indigenous and marginalized
cultures. Mustafa is currently principal architect at Architorque, Assistant Professor at the
Institute for Art and Culture, Joint Secretary to THAAP and Founder and Team Lead at IAEI
– IQRA an educational initiative for under privileged children.

Sofia Wanchoo Mir

Assistant Professor

Sofia Mir is a practicing Architect & Interior Designer. Upon her return from her Masters in Interior Design from Milan, she helped establish the Interior Design Department as Senior Interior Designer for a US based company Kit & Kaboodle (Lhr) that specializes in Interior Projects and Furniture showrooms alongside Norwegian designer Julie Johnsen. She received an award for “Best Spatial Design” by Siemens for the Siemens Lobby Design in the Milan Office. Her experience with architectural education lies in being the coordinator for the Board of Architectural Education, 2014-2015 in the duration of which she was the lead organizer for faculty training workshops and International and national conferences addressing concerns of architectural education.

Mirza Hammad Hussain

Lecturer

Meeza Ubaid

Lecturer

Meeza Ubaid has a bachelors in architecture from COMSATS IIT, Rawalpindi. She is currently
a lecturer at the Institute for Art & Culture and pursuing a masters degree in ‘World Heritage
and Cultural Projects for Development’ at the International Training Centre of International
Labour Organization, UNESCO, Turin, Italy. Ubaid is currently also working as secretary
to the THAAP cultural development program and has co-organized several international
conferences and workshops. Her major research focus is towards the safeguarding of the
tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the marginalized communities and the ethnic
groups in Pakistan especially the Kalasha community.

Saniya Batool Jafri

Lecturer

Saniya Jafri is a published Researcher, Academic, and practicing Architect. She is currently co-founder of SA-Architects, a collaborative studio practice that focuses on the design of small to large-scale spaces for people to live, work, and learn. She also has an active fine-art photography practice that explores images, image-making, and image-reproductions as aesthetic forms of representation. Her work has been extensively exhibited across Pakistan, India, and UAE.

Her research and practice revolves around the concepts of Urban Subjectivity, the Self & the City, and the central issue of a ‘Gaze’ from the subaltern female viewpoint, in the social, historical, and intellectual context of a patriarchal society colonized by diverse rulers for most of its years.