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18th April, 2017


“Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism”

UCA Title

“Monuments & Sites: Retelling, Reconnecting, Reliving”

Concept Introduction

Our nation is the custodian of diverse and rich cultural heritage which goes back to 5,000 years in history. In its 70 years of existence, Pakistan faced immense responsibility towards securing its heritage and making it part of national identity whilst catering for the day to day needs of Pakistanis, such as food, shelter and education. Preserving cultural heritage was at the bottom of the priority list. As a nation we showed negligence in committing to our heritage, now we are on the verge of forgetting it.


The dilemma of the Cultural Heritage of Pakistan, especially the Built Heritage, is of people losing their link with their monuments. This lack of association may have developed over time through a number of socio-political situations, such as closing parts of a monument for security purposes making it unreachable and inaccessible for public, lack of initiatives to involve public in cultural activities within or around the Built Heritage making it unenjoyable, and isolating the Built Heritage from its Intangibles, from its living culture. Valuing only a hand full of monuments as of national importance whilst others of local significance get neglected can also be another reason for this delink.


The approach of UCA is of reaching out to the communities and reconnecting with people and their spaces. The activities planned by UCA for the IDMS, will have the same focus of reconnecting with the people, reclaiming the public spaces for awareness generation, retelling the story of the lost monuments, and reliving the fascinating experiences of life in the past. These will include performances, poetic baithaks, and exhibits organized at UCA and within the public spaces of Lahore with the participation of the people of Lahore.

Activities planned by:

University of Culture & Art (forthcoming), sponsored by the Society of Cultural Education

In collaboration with ICOMOS Pakistan.

Date & Time:

Pre-IDMS (1st March-10th April, 2017)


Visiting the selected sites and monuments (Shrine of Shah Jamal, Madhu Lal Hussain Shrine, Bradlaugh Hall, Moochi Gate and Misri Shah)

Engaging with the community on the selected sites and monuments

Planning the activities in consultation with the community

Inviting suggestions from the members ICOMOS Pakistan and academics



On IDMS: (18th April, 2017)


Performance/Event at Bradlaugh Hall, Lahore

7:00 pm


Performance/ Event at Moochi Gate Jalsa Gah, Lahore

At 7:00 pm


Post-IDMS: (19th April, 2017)


Film Screenings at UCA, Lahore

2:00 pm









With the Kalash Bumburet valley as its focal point, the project formed mechanisms for the inventorying of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in Pakistan and used it as an entry point to initiate a dialogue with the Kalasha community – the current population of whom is reported to be around 4,000. The UNESCO convention 2003 provided the framework under which the project was implemented and aimed to play role in promoting religious tolerance for safeguarding the cultural practices of a highly marginalized and vulnerable community. During the length of this project, a methodology for ICH inventorying has been established with 15 elements of the Kalasha culture being inventories and a draft dossier for a nomination of a Kalasha element to be placed on the UNESCO Urgent Safeguarding List having been prepared. Furthermore, members of the Provincial and District Government, NGO’s, academia as well as the local Kalasha community have been trained through capacity building workshops, enabling them to inventory ICH elements.  A dialogue was initiated with the Provincial government in Peshawar during a 3 day capacity building workshop which proved to be a vital step in bringing the Government and local community on board for the safeguarding of ICH leading to an element of the Kalasha community to be submitted through the State Party for inscription on the UNESCO Urgent Safeguarding List, thus providing international support for the promotion of Kalasha cultural expressions.


Core Team:-

- Sajida Haider Vandal, Tariq Ahmed Khan, Dr. Imran Munir, Zamir Hussain Abbasi, Ashfaq Toru, Ahsan Masood Anwari



Robert Matthew Award 2016

Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA)


The Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) is a membership organization for institutes representing architects in Commonwealth countries. Formed in 1965 to promote co-operation for 'the advancement of architecture in the Commonwealth' and particularly to share and increase architectural knowledge. It currently has 36 Member Organizations (MO). CAA celebrated 50 years as a landmark event from 15th-18th June 2015 in London, hosted by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In the Council Meeting of CAA held on 15th June 2015 in London it was decided that the Institute of Architects Pakistan (IAP) will host the CAA Robert Matthew Award in March 2016 in Lahore, Pakistan.


About Architect Robert Matthew (Fig-01) Sir Robert Hogg Matthew lived from 1906 to 1975. He was an architect who became a leading member of the modernist movement. He became a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1955 and served as its President from 1962 to 1964. He was awarded Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1952 and knighted in 1962. He was also President of the Commonwealth Association of Architects and the International Union of Architects.


About the Award The Robert Matthew Award was established in 1982 to commemorate CAA’s founder Sir Robert Hogg Matthew at an executive meeting in Kuala Lumpur led by the then CAA President, Professor Peter Johnson in 1982. The award recognizes innovative contributions to the development of architecture in the Commonwealth context and is given out every three years to an architect or architectural office making the    most    outstanding contribution having a particular relevance to the country or region in which the architect or architectural office operates.


Past Winners The past winners represent a distinguished body of architects who have provided many Commonwealth countries with significant and lasting architectural endowments.


1. Philip Cox of Australia - 1983

2. Arup Associates of UK - 1985

3. Raj Rewal of India- 1989

4. Hampshire County Council of UK - 1991

5. Ian Ritchie Architects of UK - 1994

6. Greg Burgess Architects of Australia - 1997

7. TR Hamzah and Yeang of Malaysia - 2000

8. BalkrishnaDoshi of India - 2003


CAA – Robert Matthew Award 2016 CAA had announced the Robert Matthew Award in September 2015 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the CAA and had asked for One Nomination from each of its Member Organizations (MO). 36 Commonwealth Countries were invited to send in their nominations to compete for this Award. Institute of Architects Pakistan (IAP) apart from hosting the event had also sent its One Nomination to contest for the Award.    Jury Members for the CAA-RM Award 2016 CAA appointed 03 member jury as per the guidelines of the Award. The Jury Members were selected from different regions with the concurrence of the regional Vice presidents and included 02 eminent Architects from the Member Organizations (MO) and a non Architect. The Jury comprised of the following:


a) Ar. Peter Stutchbury, Australia

b) Ar. Dr. Justine Snell, South Africa

c) Dr. Arfa Sayeda Zehra, Pakistan


About the Jury Members


         a) Architect Peter Stutchbury, Australia


Peter Stutchbury established his own practice in 1981 after graduating with honours from the University of Newcastle. Since 1995, Peter’s work has been awarded over 50 Australian Institute of Architects Awards, including the highest awards on nine occasions. He is a professor at the University of Newcastle, being awarded their highest honour-Convocation Medal – in 2004. A Life Fellow of AIA and International Fellow of RIBA, Peter was awarded the AIA Gold Medal in 2015. In addition to practicing, Peter has taught architecture since 1987 and has held a professional position at University of Newcastle since 1999. He has lectured and taught across 35 countries holding professional positions in Africa, America, Mexico, receiving the Luis Barragan Diploma for his contribution. Since 2000, Peter has taught, alongside Glenn Murcutt, Richard Leplastrier, Brit Andresen and Lindsay Johnson, an international master class run annually for architects from around the globe. This initiative (Architecture Foundation Australia) along with associated teaching roles ensures Peter remains conversant with current sustainable thinking.


       b) Ar. Dr. Justine Snell, South Africa


Justin Snell is an architect and former Rome Scholar. After completing his Ph.D at the University of Cambridge he returned to South Africa specializing in ecologically sustainable development. His experience ranges from large urban schemes to institutional, heritage and small-scale architectural projects. Justin is currently the AWM ellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Rhetoric Studies UCT conducting research on the relationship between architecture, rhetoric and ethics.


         c) Dr. Arfa Sayeda Zehra, Pakistan


Dr. Arfa Syeda Zehra is an eminent professional, educationist, culture expert, gender specialist, human rights activist and social nationalist. Her achievements are attributed to her skills to articulate her intellect powered by her conviction, dedication and leadership quality for education, culture and human rights , especially for women. Educated in Pakistan and US in Urdu and History, she takes pride in being a humble student of life and a sense of honor in her roots that lie in the great tradition and glorious history of the sub-continent. Among her many achievements, she is the Chairperson National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) and has contributed to the promotion of arts, literature and opening the minds of students to the possibilities of life.


Recipient of Robert Matthew Award 2016 (Award Winners) CAA Is pleased to announce the following as joint recipients of Robert Matthew Award 2016

M/s Grimshaw Architects, UK and M/s Pervaiz Vandal & Associates, Pakistan




Prof. Pervaiz Vandal (Fig-05) has been engaged for over 50 years of continuous teaching and has remained ever changing and adapting to new times. He did his Bachelor of Arts from University of the Punjab, Lahore in 1960 and Bachelor of Architecture from The American University at Beirut in 1964 and Doctoral Research from University of New South Wales during1979 to 1983. He has been a consultant at the World Bank and has been involved in projects in Vietnam, Ethiopia and Pakistan.

He holds many professional appointments in Education and Training Sector. He joined the University of Engineering and Technology in 1965 as a Lecturer, taught for 27 years and took an early retirement in 1992 from the position. Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture. He has been a Member of Adjunct Faculty at LUMS and at the NCA, Advisor COMSATS University for establishing Departments of Architecture at Islamabad and Lahore, Member Boards of Studies of COMSATS - Department of Architecture and Design Islamabad and Member - Faculty and Academic Council at COMSATS Pakistan. As an architect he has maintained a private architectural practice by the name of “Pervaiz Vandal and Associates” which has helped him to keep abreast of all professional developments. His forte’ is in the Educational and Residential design works. He also has numerous papers and publications to his credit which include a book by the name of “The Raj, Lahore and Bhai Ram Singh (Co-authored, NCA 2006)”. He established THAAP (A not-for-profit registered organization) in 2006 which is a forum for academics, scholars and young researchers to extend the rich culture in Art and Architecture of Pakistan. He is currently involved in setting up of the “University of Culture and Art” which is an upcoming university in Lahore.


Prof. Sajida Haider Vandal (Fig-06) has done Masters in the Built Environment, Urban Design (Research) in 1984, University of New South Wales, Australia and Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) in 1970 from the University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. She is an expert in Cultural Heritage Management & Conservation, Art & Intangible Cultural Education & Community Development & Empowerment  of Women. She is CEO THAAP and is serving as an advisor in several government and non-government institutions and organizations. She has been consultant to World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Consultant for UNESCO World Heritage Site Projects (Lahore Fort & Shalimar Gardens), Project Director/ Consultant UNESCO-Norway funded Project ‘Mapping of Cultural Assets of District Bahawalpur & Multan, Project Director- Development of Cultural Industries in South Punjab, a UNESCO-THAAP initiative.  She is a Member Board of Governors of Punjab Heritage Foundation, Chairperson of the Heritage Technical Committee of the Punjab Heritage Foundation (a public sector statuary entity). She also serves on the Board/ Syndicate of Kinnaird College for Women University and many such public and private sector universities. She is also rendering her services as Vice Chancellor Designate of the first proposed private sector “University of Culture and Art” in Pakistan. She is the Principal Architect at “Pervaiz Vandal and Associates” and has many architectural works to her credit. She is a distinguished Professor of Architecture and has served as Principal of the prestigious National College of Arts Lahore for 12 years. She has numerous publications to her credit including ‘Cultural Expressions of South Punjab’ (UNESCO - THAAP 2011) and many more.

ARCHITECTURAL WORKS OF M/S PERVAIZ VANDAL & ASSOCIATES M/s Pervaiz Vandal & Associates has marked a niche in the Educational and Residential design works which include extension works at Kinnaird College for Women University, Lahore Grammar School, extension works at Forman Christian College University, Daanish Schools, COMSATS  and many more. Use of natural building materials in its projects, the firm shows preference towards sustainability, durability and renewable resources.




UCA aims to be a landmark in the history of evolution of the education systems in Pakistan as a well-established center of learning, art and culture. It aims to provide a strong Liberal Arts Education Platform in Pakistan and reach out to the neighbouring countries to generate and contribute towards the global scholarship. UCA also seeks to bridge the gap that exists between traditional knowledge and that emerging in the contemporary times and knit these together, accepting with an open mind the knowledge which comes from different strands. UCA believes in integration with Community and building long term Industrial Linkages and National and International partnerships. By incorporating a tri-lingual approach, which includes English, Urdu and Punjabi, the students recognize culture and art education as not a foreign stimulus but one which is inherently connected to them. UCA has a purpose-built campus with state of the art facilities spreading on 15 acres fronting on the main Raiwind Road, Lahore. The program and curricula of UCA has been prepared in concurrence with the guidelines of HEC as well as the criteria of the licensing professional bodies of the country, and researching the top universities globally. To begin with UCA has four Schools i.e, School of Culture and Language (SCL), School of Digital and Cinematic Arts (SDCA), School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism (SADU) and School of Art (SOA).



The Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) - Robert Matthew Award 2016 Presentation Ceremony


CAA-Robert Matthew Award 2016, Presentation Ceremony took place in Lahore on 4th March 2016 in conjunction with IAPex 2016 which was attended by IAP members, guests and members from the CAA Council and other dignitaries. Ar. Rukhshan Widyalankara from SriLanka (CAA President 2013-2016) presented the CAA-RM Award 2016 in presence of Convenor CAA-ROBERT MATTHEW Award Event (Ar. Ahmed Parvez Mirza), Convenor IAPex (Ar. Azhar Swalehe), Chairman Robert Matthewan IAP-LC (Ar. Sajjad Kausar), President IAP (Ar. Ali Zafar Qazi), VP CAA-Asia (Ar. Kalim A. Siddiqui), SVP CAA (Ar. Vincent Cassar), President CAA (Ar. Rukhshan Widyalankara), CAA-ROBERT MATTHEW Award Jury Member (Dr. Arfa Syeda) and Chief Guest – Senior Architect Irshad Ahmed Burney.



It is an honor for Pakistan that M/s Pervaiz Vandal & Associates is the

First Pakistani Firm to receive Robert Matthew Award since its first  Award cycle in 1983



It is also a proud moment for the CAA Council, since from 2016 it has revived the

Robert Matthew Award after 13 years which shall now take place

once in every 03 years with each elected CAA Council





UCA is formed with its focus on imparting quality education through its initiatives/activities. The main initiative undertook by UCA is establishment of a university, which will be functional by the end of 2017.

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