Pakistan’s first female architect Yasmeen Lari made Pakistan proud by winning the prestigious Jane Drew Prize 2020 for her contribution to raising the profile of women in design and architecture.
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 named after Jane Drew who advocated for female inclusion in a male-dominated profession.
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.
Yasmeen Lari, a Karachi-based architect is known for creating the city’s many landmark buildings. 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.
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17 November, 2019