The 15th International Exhibition of Building products, IAPEX 2019 organised by the Institute of Architects Pakistan – Karachi Chapter was held from April 19th – 21st, 2019 at the Expo Centre.
As previous years, the 3-day IAPEX event showcased traditional and contemporary building materials and finishes, hardware, building, home, décor, furniture, fixtures and fittings, garden tools and implements and many other building and home related products manufactured in Pakistan and the Asian region. Running concurrently with the Exhibition at the venue is the IAPEX Conference at which eminent architects of the region will be presenting their works.
The Honorable Governor, Mr. Imran Ismail inaugurated the event with a ribbon cutting ceremony that marked the start of the exhibition as well as the IAPEX International Conference, attended by leading architects and creative minds, as well as distinguished Architects from Malaysia, Thailand and Sri Lanka.
After opening statements from IAP President, Ar. Arif Changezi and Chairman IAP Karachi Chapter Ar. Ramiz Baig, and Convener, Ar. Maria Ansari, presentations were made by the Exhibition and Conference Sponsors.
Ar. Tariq Hasan kicked off the Conference with a presentation titled “The Rough, The Smooth and The Shining” on his works, curated around the conference theme, “the Skin”, followed by Malaysian Architect, Mike Boon. Title of his presentation was “Beyond Skin Deep”. The day ended with a panel discussion moderated by the Ar. Khadija Jamal Shaban which opened up the discussion with the audience, teaming with architects, students, builders and industry representatives.
The second day commenced with presentations by Sponsors. Ar. Palinda Kannangara from Sri Lanka and Ar. Yawar Jilani presented their works in the morning session, their presentations tiles was “Skin Deep?” & “Scratching the Surface” respectively followed by panel discussion moderated by Ar. Mishaal Rozina Merchant. The afternoon session showcased the works of Ar. Ahmed Mian, Ar. Rashid Rasheed, and Ar. Iftikhar Azam culminating in a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Anila Naeem. Ar. Ahmed Mian Presentation title was “Skintalk, a Brief Narration & Undressing of the Built Environment”, Ar. Rashid Rasheed Presentation title was “Between Shadows and Light” and Ar. Iftikhar Azam Presentation titled “Of Envelopes and Letters”
The final day of conference opened with Ar. Shahid Abdulla who presented “Building Envelopes – Postcards to the Future” followed by Ar. Jun Sekino (Thailand) – “The Method to Approach the Localization” followed by panel discussion moderated by Ar. Madiha Ghani. After the distribution of awards to the esteemed speakers, Co-Conevnor Conference Ar. Seher Aziz presented concluding remarks. The conference aimed to share and learn from the solutions being developed generally in the world and particularly in the region on all three days.
The day closed with student paper and design charrette presentations and a vote of thanks
In a special ceremony following the IAPEX 2019 Gala dinner the IAP recognized the honors conferred upon the Architects by the Government of Pakistan who are the following:
1. Nayyar Ali Dada
President Pride of Performance – 1993
Sitara-i-imtiaz – 2003
Hilal-i-imtiaz – 2018
2. Arif Hasan
Hilal – e- Imtiaz – 2001
3. Shahid Abdulla
President Pride of Performance-2014
4. Yasmin Lari
Sitara-i-Imtiaz – 2006
Hilal-i-Imtiaz – 2014
5. Perween Rahman
Sitara-e-Shujaat -2013 (posthumus)
6. Habib Fida Ali
Sitara i Imtiaz 2017 (posthumus)
7. Kamil Khan Mumtaz
Sitara e Imtiaz – 2019
8. Samar Ali Khan
Sitara e Imtiaz- 2019