ADA AWARDS 2018-2019

Welcome to the ADA Awards, an international competition recognizing excellence in architecture, design and art.

ADA extends its portfolio towards the inclusive recognition of great works in all disciplines and the creative minds behind it. The ADA AWARDS aim to place Pakistan in the global arena with works aligned 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 call for submission is open to all Pakistani national placed wherever geographically in the world. The program will identify and celebrate Pakistan’s best architecture, interiors, design and art manifestations as well as the individual architects, designers, artists and studios producing the most outstanding work.

In its inaugural cycle 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. Assisted by the editors of ADA, a panel of international experts drawn from each of the disciplines will meet together to review the submissions and choose the winners. The 2018 ADA Awards program is open to works completed before December 31, 2017.

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    Architect | Writer | Publisher | Lead ADA Awards

    Maria Aslam established ADA magazine in 2008, along with her practice of architecture and interior design ArchWorks. In her 20+ years career, she has worked in design, led research, and has been nominated speaker, convener, juror and critic in various global events.

    A graduate of Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture with a Masters degree from McGill University, has represented Pakistan in many global forums. She has held prestigious leading positions for various architectural organizations in Pakistan and is currently the Chairperson Pakistan Institute of Interior Designers. Her inaugural book ‘Interiors of Pakistan Volume I was launched in 2016

    She is a prolific writer, architectural historian and an environmental activist. She is the dynamic and driving force behind ADA’s and has conceived and conceptualized the ADA AWARDS for the creative community in the disciplines of Architecture, Design and Art.




    Shahid Sayeed is an architect, who works in Rural Development along the coast of Pakistan parallel to the generic practice of an architect in Karachi. He established IET – Indus Earth Trust, with the vision of helping the underprivileged build better lives. Qualified as an Environmental Architect in the UK, he pursued private practice in Scotland for 18 years. Shahid further studied building techniques in France (CRATerre) and Japan (Tokyo University). He has been a consultant to the World Bank on projects in Afghanistan-Renewable Energies, Ethiopia-Water/land management, and Yemen-Livelihood Options. He has over 40 years of experience in Architecture and Rural Development. He has been working in Pakistan since the early 1990s.

    Shahid Sayeed Khan is also an academic who has taught at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi University and Habib University. He has led many research programs and workshops in mud resilient architecture.

  • Design CHAIR

    Saima Zaidi

    Saima Zaidi, a Communication Designer, is currently Professor of Practice in the Department of Communication and Design as well as Director of the Center for Media and Design at Habib University, Karachi.

    She is a core team member of Numaish-Karachi, an award-winning interdisciplinary collective which opens public spaces of the city for cultural production–an open-air gallery, laboratory and playground.

    Zaidi has researched, edited and designed the book ‘Mazaar, Bazaar: Design and Visual Culture in Pakistan’ published by Oxford University Press, Karachi, in collaboration with the Prince Claus Fund Library, Amsterdam.

    She received her undergraduate degree from the National College of Arts, Lahore, and her Masters from the Pratt Institute, New York.


    Sameera raja

    Sameera Raja, graduated from NCA in architecture. With her initial years in architectural practice her interest deviated towards art. In the last twenty years, she has acquired a leading position as a gallerist of Pakistan. By establishing Canvas Gallery, Karachi in 1999, she has changed the course of art market in the country by focusing on contemporary art and promoting Pakistani artists around the globe. With regular shows being held around the year, Sameera Raja has contributed in the world of art, through her choice of artists, publications, residency projects and participation in international art events. Sameera Raja presents Pakistani art in her talks delivered at various forums, art fairs and institutes in Pakistan and abroad.

    Sameera Raja is currently the Chairperson of the Executive Committee and a Member of the Board of Governors of the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi.


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