Nayyar Ali Dada
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Nayyar Ali Dada
Dada, the founding Partner has become the most well-known advocate of local arts and crafts, music and literature, and enjoys the privilege of being on the boards of various institutions. His contribution is sought out in leading Arts related institutions including universities and museums. Dada started fairly young and belongs to the first batch of graduates from the National College of Arts. Affiliated with brilliant artists including a mentor such as Shakir Ali, and having lived in the historic city of Lahore, he understands the sensibilities and modern artistic values while not losing respect and perspective of the historic city. It soon became clear that his early super modern (relatively speaking) or sometimes rather brutalist-styled buildings would give way to buildings with a local flair. He has contributed immensely towards the public works in Lahore where he is credited with a number of well appreciated public venues whether they are institutional, educational or serve the visual or performing arts. With the Agha Khan Award winning Alhamra Art Center, he demonstrated the aptness of new forward looking concepts which would carry the historical or regional element in a creative manner. Various works since then have asserted his position as the leading personality in the industry that not only guides us but inspires and encourages us to examine the programs and issues from the eyes of a pragmatic, creative and local architect. His projects are regularly under scrutiny for awards nominations, while he himself has received a number of them including the President’s Pride of Performance, and Sitara-e-Imtiaz, the highest civil honor in the country.
Nayyar Ali Dada & Associates is an internationally acclaimed architectural practice established in 1978. Throughout its working history, the firm has served notable clients and produced a wide of portfolio that spans across from the private to the public sector. Due to a number of sensitive public projects, the firm enjoys a strong and highly respectable position as a leading design firm in Pakistan. The practice has the honor of receiving the Agha Khan Award for Architecture in 1998 for the Alhamra Arts Center in Lahore, Pakistan. Nayyar Ali Dada was also a member of the AKAA Master Jury in 1995. Other accolades include the Arcasia Gold Medal and an honorable mention at the Kenneth Brown Awards, USA. Nayyar Ali Dada & Associates includes a team of dynamic, responsible and responsive Architects, Designers, Interior architects and Horticulturists for Landscape design as its core staff. This team has been able to inculcate a sense of forward looking and creative design that is appropriately rooted in the region’s history, culture and the arts. The firm’s projects address a diverse range of building typologies and clients representing a complex urban fabric that is inherent in a developing country. All works are seemingly woven together by a clear sense of direction that lies in design appropriation for the people of this region. The office has worked together as a passionate team focused on valuable and appropriate concepts that demonstrate a great sense of belonging to the region but also by having a keen eye on the contemporary ideas, practices and futuristic thought. Issues such as sustainability and cost effectiveness have always been an area of concern given the conditions experienced in a developing country. Pragmatic but artistic and creative thought has been continuously engrained in the work produced by the firm that has enjoyed much acclaim owing to such a direction. The firm has a valuable experience in restoration and rehabilitation projects throughout Pakistan. Such projects have ranged from restoration of Interior works to public plazas where the aim has been to bring back to life the original values and intent of places that are of historic, cultural and artistic significance. Nayyar Ali Dada & Associates have become synonymous with Architectural landmarks and are attributed with the success of many such as the Alhamra Art Centre, Open Air Theatre, Qaddafi Stadium, Bahria Tower / Mall of Lahore (premium mall outlet), Expo Centre Lahore, Shakir Ali Museum and many other landmarks.
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