Thursday, 1st October, 2020

‘In Conversation with Yasmin Lari’.

Time: 5.45 pm (to avoid congestion attendees will be admitted from 5.45 pm) for a 6.00 pm start.
Duration: One hour approximately including a short Q&A session.
Venue: Online Zoom webinar.
Admission: This online event is open to Members of The Pakistan Society and their guests.
Registration: Register in advance for this webinar by replying to the email sent to members dated 21st September 2020.

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Yasmeen Lari, co-Founder and CEO, Heritage Foundation of Pakistan will be in conversation with Harriet Wennberg, Executive Director of INTBAU, about the path towards a future where heritage leads development, and where architecture provides security and dignity for all.

As Pakistan’s first female architect, she has built several landmark contemporary buildings, and is also known for her humanitarian work and heritage conservation. After retiring in 2000, she has been engaged in heritage management and humanitarian architecture. She has conserved several heritage monuments at the Makli World Heritage site as well as 19th c. buildings in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar. She is among 60 Women who have contributed the most towards UNESCO’s objectives. She is the founder of Barefoot Social Architecture devised to empower marginalized sections of society. She is best known as a proponent of zero carbon footprint conceptions that are drawn from vernacular traditions and incorporate tenets of social and ecological justice.The initiatives she has led for housing, skills training, and community-led heritage regeneration have provided livelihoods and improved the lives of thousands in Sindh and throughout Pakistan – and all since retirement!

Yasmeen Lari is the recipient of several national and international awards that include; Hilal-i-Imtiaz (2014), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (2006), Jane Drew Prize 2020 and Fukuoka Prize 2016.

Harriet Wennberg is Executive Director of INTBAU, a global network founded by HRH The Prince of Wales dedicated to creating better places to live through traditional building, architecture, and urbanism.  In November 2019, INTBAU’s Pakistan chapter hosted a conference and workshops in Karachi and Makli. These events included the inauguration of the INTBAU Training & Resource Centre at Makli by the President of Pakistan, HE Dr Arif Alvi, and built through the support of HRH The Prince of Wales.


You will of course be aware of the problems arising from the Coronavirus contagion and the need for everyone to take particular care and observe the restrictions on movements and assembly that the Government has announced. It seems safe to assume that these restrictions will remain in being for many weeks and possibly several months.

With this in mind, the Executive Committee of the Pakistan Society has decided that all further meetings of the Society should be online only for the time being. This includes the Annual General Meeting which was planned for 16 April and now will take place at the end of July. The Annual Dinner is currently postponed. Given the uncertainties over the duration of the restrictions we cannot say whether it will be possible to stage any dinner this year. Just as soon as we know when the restrictions are lifted, and we judge it prudent to resume normal service, we will inform you.

It hardly needs stating that the Executive Committee hopes that this dreadful pandemic can be swiftly overcome and that in the meantime all of the Society’s members and their families and friends, wherever they may be, remain safe and free of infection.

If you have any questions about this, we will do our best to answer at

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