The development of budding talent is vital to securing the future of architecture. Take some tips from one such young and talented architect Umamah Khalid who is going the extra mile to add value to the field of architecture.
1. Can you give me a brief background of where you were trained as an architect and
what was your specialisation?
My basic education is from Beaconhouse National University and my specialisation was in architecture which mainly focuses on structures.
2. What skills have served you best in your architecture career?
I would have to say my eye for aesthetics and conceptual design, organisational skills
along with the way I imagine spaces while drawing have really helped me in favor of
being a good architect. Being organised is extremely important in any field as it allows a person to track and assess many details of each project and complete it perfectly within the given time-frame.
3. Which Pakistani and foreign architect most influences your work?
Mies Van Der Rohe is the most influential foreign architect which I look up to and he is the guru of spaces according to me. He is known for his role in the development of the most enduring architectural style of the era: Modernism. Mie’s minimalist style and his famous aphorism “less is more” is what I admire the most about him. Neat, clean and crisp lines are what contemporary artists need to learn from him.
4. When did you get to know that there is an architect inside you?
The moment I was born.
5. How do you plan a project and ensure that a project is completed within the timeline?
For every stage of a construction project, from the simplest to the most complex, there are certain steps and processes that need to be followed to ensure a successful outcome. There are normally four different steps within the design stage and they include programming and feasibility, schematic design, design development, and contract documents. During the programming and feasibility step, each of the objectives and goals of the project has to be outlined. We, at Architects Indesign, try to push ourselves and our staff in order to meet deadlines no matter what. We work day and night and 24/7 engagement in the projects is the key to success.
6. How do you balance practicality with an aesthetic appeal?
Some clients don’t see eye to eye with architects on what is “beautiful” or what is
“functional”. Example of aesthetics and function are; why the method of combination
makes sense or acknowledgment that client wishes may come first. This is something
which my training at BNU has really helped me. We have always focused on
functionality as well as form. So, we are not only trained to be form oriented architects.
For me, architecture is definitely habitable structures. On one hand, we experiment
as much as possible with the design by considering feasibility in terms of local
construction capabilities and budget. On the other hand, we also try to be careful
because very often clients ask for our opinions on all kinds of issues.
7. How important is it to go with the current trends in architecture?
According to me, one should not always go with the current trends in architecture. The aim is to be creative and come up with new designs every time which will ultimately set new trends in the field. Our firm belief is in creating stuff which is novel for everyone so we do not want to repeat whatever has happened.
8. Have you been influenced by the rich history of Islamic architecture of the Ottomans
or Abbasid Empires?
Well in terms of proportion yes but overall no. We learn a lot from that architecture in
terms of geometry and the right use of features but I’m more towards the contemporary side.
9. Have you ever experienced a situation, in which the client changed his mind when
your work had already progressed quite far? What did you do or what would you do in
such a situation?
It happens all the time and in such situations, we definitely redesign it for them with
another concept and that work keeps on adding to our portfolio. The architect’s job is a bridge between creativity and practicality, functionality and utilitarian structures. We always try to explain that to the clients and convince them so that our ideas align with each other.
10. Which is your favorite architectural building in Pakistan or anywhere else in the world
I like the bridges of Calatrava. They have a very dynamic sense of design and I love that.
11. Have you ever been in a situation where your ideas did not align with the client’s
idea? To what extent are you able and willing to meet a client's ideas, that don't
correspond to your taste of good design at all?
Our intentions are always tied to our clients’ intentions and the specifics of each project. We respond to the pragmatics first so that the clients are satisfied. Of course, I always try to push the design to provoke positive emotions, celebrate nature and go beyond utilitarian needs is an equally important function. Despite all that, this happens all the time that our ideas don’t align with the clients’ idea. Being the technical experts we try to make them come around to our terms.
12. How do you usually organize your work and which steps do you follow while working
on a new project?
First of all, we derive a concept of the design. Eventually, the concept has to lead to the aesthetic appeal of that design. Once we are done with the conceptual part, we start working to turn it into practical reality. Eventually, we have to do some working and detailed research in order to make the drawings. This is a standard procedure of making a design but as far as organising it is concerned, the whole team works hard in that part. So it’s not only me or one or two people. It’s a group of people turning the clients dream
13. How do you divide your time between being a wife, and architect?
My husband is also an architect and we work together so it is easier for us. We are
overly ambitious people who have enabled us to come upon an understanding of
dividing the time evenly.
Lock-down is temporary but Father’s day is permanent
He is the person who started working hard even before your birth to give you a safe space full of warmth and comfort. It is rightfully said that no person in this world would be happy to see you more successful than him except for your father.
A father is the first superhero in a child’s life, the one he\she would always look up to, for love guidance, goals and unlimited demands.
Since most of the major events are being celebrated in a situation of complete lockdown in the country, we have got some sweet and doable ideas to surprise your dads on this Father’s Day.
Throw A Lunch Party
Isn’t it true that most of the dads are foodies and they can never say no to a dish made by their kids? On this special day, make his favorite dishes. Pamper him the whole day and do not forget to prepare something sweet for the evening tea.
Origami Nuts In Collaboration With OvenCraft
Yummy in his tummy!!! Origami Nuts has designed this cute basket of sweet banana crumble bread in collaboration with Oven craft. The appearance is cute and is definitely a perfect pick to show love and dedication on this special day to your fathers.
Kitchen Kahani’s Breakfast
Almost every dad is a nihari lover and especially in this lockdown when we cannot go and dine out, Kitchen Kahani is offering “Nashta with Abbu”. We are already melting at the name. You can order home-cooked beef Nihari to surprise your Abbus with a scrumptious desi nashta.
Customized Basket By Happy String
If your abba loves to eat junk, this can be an economical and a fancy present for him. Get his favorite chocolates and other edibles packed in a beautifully wrapped basket and brighten up your father’s mood with something sweet and salty.
Father’s Day DIY Cookie Kit
For young fathers, to have an interactive activity with small kids, Delish is offering customized DIY Cookie kits where you can make your own cookies with your kids while sitting at your home. Isn’t it a great yet adorably creative idea?
Imdaad- A Dire Necessity in this Global Pandemic
Pakistan, as we know it, has a well-established reputation of being one of the most charitable nations. Having to face several natural disasters and a debilitating disease-induced economic crisis over the span of a year has greatly fueled our philanthropic efforts.
As we reflect upon the ongoing destruction being caused by the spread of the Coronavirus, our hearts are left shattered while our minds are perplexed.
The heart-rending reality kicks in: even if the virus doesn’t end more lives, hunger caused by unemployment surely will.
Meet Manahil Naveed, a 17-year-old who embarked on a journey to give back to the needy by founding her own charitable organization by the name of Imdaad.
Imdaad is a non-profit organization working against the clock to provide food and hygiene packages to families living beneath the poverty line in Lahore. So far, their team has managed to deliver these packages to more than 50 families in need. As they work solely off donations, the people of Pakistan have generously extended their hands to help Imdaad’s cause.
This is what she has to say:
“Tuning into the news every day and witnessing the number of cases rapidly grow along with the effects of this growth managed to create this undying feeling of sadness within me. Witnessing small businesses shutting down, I couldn’t help but be concerned about how the poverty-struck families of daily wage laborers would manage to find their next meal.”
While many of us want to help the needy during this pandemic, the majority are rightfully afraid to be in close proximity to others.
This is where Team Imdaad steps in. They bridge the gap between the generosity of potential donors and their fear of catching the virus by being around large groups of donees.
Using the best protective gear out there, Imdaad’s team buys and packages ration bags to ultimately be handed to the destitute, all while ensuring that each recipient is truly in need by asking trustworthy sources such as local heads and representatives of other NGOs.
We will end this piece on a little saying Manahil has used as Imdaad’s slogan: “Hamdardi Imaan hai.”
Our Favorite Fashion Divas that have Evolved Over Time
While reading the title, you must be thinking about the acting skills and how these ladies have made their name in the drama and film industry. But no, here we are talking about the fashion game of these actresses that have taken us all by surprise. Perking up their style statement and emerging as few of the finest actresses in terms of being glamorous and presentable, they have absolutely conquered the fashion world.
These are our favorite Divas who have proved that working on oneself is never a selfish thing and this hard work can eventually help you in the long run.
Starting from soaps and not so glamorous dramas, we never saw Saboor Aly dressing up as impressively as she does now. Probably, this is the social fashion awareness that some choose to pick and some don’t. And, we have to say that Saboor is doing quite well with her dress sense while earning a huge fan following at a great pace. She is one of those finest actresses who keep us hooked to their gram-game as something cool and happening just pops up out of nowhere anytime and any occasion.
Our fancy-pants; Nausheen Shah has instantly beefed up her fashion game and we cannot stop admiring her taste and style in whatever she wears. She has definitely come a long way. Also known for carrying bold statements just like in a recent awards show, her hairstyle was quite eccentric perfectly aligning with a blingy Hussain Rehar attire.
Her vibrant tops, glowing face and quirky pants have got our attention and we, indisputably, give her the award of being the most stylish actress among the lot. This was never the scenario from the day she joined the Entertainment industry so, she came this far and has definitely grown into a woman who keeps herself up-to-date in every trend and fashion.
Our recent favorite bride, Iqra has polished herself over time and we love how effortlessly she carries every outfit in sheer grace and pizzazz. Recently, she has been appointed as the face of Al-Karam and this was all a result of gradual progress and immense effort she has put into building her powerful aura and strong-headed personality that beautifully harmonizes with her chic and classic sense of styling.
If Sonya had a synonym, it would be the word “grace”. We love her for her impactful persona, the way she dresses up and the way she owns everything she wears with undying confidence. There are very few celebrities who have evolved to be steezy and sassy in a way that they know what they should actually wear. Unlike some who do not even know their body type. Sonya Hussyn proves that style is always within, you can improve with time but class remains constant.
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