Yasmeen Lari, Pakistan's first-ever female architect won 2020 Jane Drew Prize!

Anum Shakeel
Posted February 5, 2020 from Pakistan
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Another inspirational women story from my beloved country Pakistan.

Yasmeen Lari, Pakistan's first-ever female architect, was named the 2020 recipient of the Jane Drew Prize, the Architects' Journal announced today. The 79-year-old Lari was honored with the lifetime achievement prize for raising the profile of women practicing in architecture and design through her work.

The prize is part of the Architects' Journal and Architectural Record's W Awards, formerly known as the Women in Architecture Awards. The prize has been awarded to trailblazers like Elizabeth Diller, Denise Scott Brown, Odile Decq, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects', and the late Kathryn Findlay.

After graduating from the Oxford School of Architecture in 1964, Lari established her own practice, Lari Associates, in Karachi and became the first female architect in Pakistan. Some of her works include commercial buildings in Karachi like the Finance and Trade Centre, the Pakistan State Oil House, the Anguri Bagh housing project in Lahore, and the Lines Area Resettlement self-built housing complex. She has also built over 36,000 houses for those affected by the floods and earthquakes in Pakistan since 2010, where she uses vernacular building techniques and locally sourced materials. Although Lari retired from architecture in 2000, she continues to work on humanitarian and historical preservation projects in her native country. 

As UNESCO's National Advisor (2003-2005) she led the team that saved the endangered Shish Mahal ceiling in the Shah Burj (the Royal Tower) of the Lahore Fort World Heritage site. She is a member of Punjab Government Steering Committee for Lahore Fort and Shalamar Gardens, member of UNESCO Consultative Committee for Moenjodaro, Board Member of Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) and Trustee of Transparency International Pakistan.

She is the author and co-author of several books including a publication on the historic Governor House, Lahore.

Yasmeen's profile has been included among 60 Women from around the world who have contributed most towards the objectives of UNESCO. She was elected a Fellow of Ashoka, Innovators for the Public, USA, in 2004. Since October 2005 she has lead the relief and rehabilitation work among communities, particularly women and children affected by the Great Earthquake 2005 in district Mansehra, Pakistan.

Source: Heritage Foundation of Pakistan website and archinect

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Felicitas Wung
Feb 05
Feb 05

Thanks for sharing.

Anum Shakeel
Feb 05
Feb 05

Thank you for the comment dear

Felicitas Wung
Feb 06
Feb 06

Yeah

Anita Shrestha
Feb 05
Feb 05

wow congrat

Anum Shakeel
Feb 05
Feb 05

Thank you dear

Jill Langhus
Feb 05
Feb 05

Hello Dear Anum,

How are you doing, dear? This is delightful news... thanks so much for sharing! Wow! She's amazing. It would be great if she joined World Pulse:-)

What have you been up to lately?

Hope you're doing well and having a great week!

Anum Shakeel
Feb 05
Feb 05

Hi Jill, I am good now. I was stuck with some family issues. My father fell down and got hip fracture and he has sugar also so it was a high risk surgery. I was managing the office, home, official events and hospital trips. So there was no breathing space even. With the blessing of God he is recovering now. :)

Jill Langhus
Feb 07
Feb 07

Hello dear:-)

Good to hear! Oh, dear. I'm very glad he's better now. That sounds scary.

Hope you have a good weekend, dear.

Tarke Edith
Feb 05
Feb 05

Congratulations to that woman and more grees to her elbows

maeann
Feb 06
Feb 06

Thank you for sharing and congratulations to Yasmen Lari...

Beth Lacey
Feb 06
Feb 06

Well deserved recognition for Yasmeen