MARIA ASLAM: CHAIR PERSON
Maria Aslam is a prolific writer, architectural historian, and environmental & social activist, working in the fields of interior design, architecture, and heritage conservation. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of ADA Magazine, celebrating and examining the creative works of the nation, curating a unique experience in its own right. The magazine is one of the few that exist as a female-run entity, through which was pioneered the ADA Awards, the first of its kind, giving recognition to works in the disciplines of Architecture, Design, and Art.
Aslam is closely affiliated with activist forums and organizations such as the World Architecture Festival, and includes in her activism heritage and environmental conservation. Between her activism and publications, she runs her architectural and interior design practice, ArchWorks, and is the chairperson of Pakistan’s Institute of Interior Designers, through which she published the book ‘Interiors of Pakistan Volume I.’
A Master of Architecture from McGill University, she maintains a global presence, representing Pakistan on a variety of platforms as a critic, juror, and speaker. Working closely with the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, she is affiliated with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Art Dubai.
Noman Faruqi is an interior designer and Principal Architect at NMF Architecture Interiors. He is the former division head of Interior Design at Arshad Shahid Abdulla Pvt (Ltd.), and the former Interior Designer of Khaadi.
RAZA ALI DADA
Raza Ali Dada is an architect and designer with work experience in diverse environments and client needs.His experience covers a wide range of building types such as educational, commercial, mixed use-high rise, residential apartments, entertainment, retail and institutional.
Keen to develop himself as critical support for the young learning professionals, he is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, Beaconhouse National University and frequents the National College of Arts for studio and student reviews. His interests are reflected in his growing involvement at the Nairang Art Galleries. Being an Industrial design enthusiast, he is developing a range of objects including furniture and light fixtures etc. Raza has interests in bringing ‘many worlds’ together but is sensitive to “who” builds “where” related issues which are not uncommon as the developments and progress around the globe brings most people much closer to each other.
He is a LEED accredited professional and incorporates environmentally responsible and high-performance buildings into his projects. Dada is a Board Member of Lahore Biennale Foundation and Lahore Conservation Society; he received his Bachelor of Architecture from National College of Arts, Lahore, and Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute, New York.
ALI ASGHAR ABDULLAH
Ali Asghar Abdullah is a Bachelor of Architecture from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and the founder and principal architect of the Ali Asghar Associates, an Architectural firm with a deep concern for the built environment and the need to create architecture of excellence.
Devoted to sustainable design, he aims to improve the quality of life by contributing to the design of the physical environment, placing an emphasis on visual and functional design, he creates buildings that are both aesthetically pleasing and sympathetic to their surroundings.
BISMA ASKARI: HONORARY SECRETARY