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Prof. Dr. Ali Akbar Husain Chairman Architecture & Built Environment
email: aahusain@rogers.com phone: ++922136362046-54 www.nhu.edu.pk

Following architectural studies at the University of Minnesota, USA, I taught architecture at National College of Arts, and set up my architectural consultancy, in Lahore for some 15 years, subsequently travelling to the UK to pursue an interest in landscape history through doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1996, I migrated to Canada, and accepted teaching /research assignments in various parts of the world – the Middle East (Jeddah, Beirut), Mexico, and USA (at MIT). In 2008, I returned to Pakistan to head the Department of Architecture at the Indus Valley School of Art and architecture in Karachi where I was employed until December 2014. In January 2015, I joined the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment at Nazeer Hussain University, Karachi, as Chairperson of the Department of Architecture. My research interests have been shaped by a focus on Islamic landscape architecture/history during the period of my doctoral study and by my teaching assignments, particularly courses on urban open space design and landscapes for health care.

Teaching Assignment / Subjects:

    • Architectural and landscape design studios
    • History of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
    • Urban Open Space Design
    • Healing Places and Therapeutic gardens

    Supervised Project:

    1. Supervised KPT project at Sandspit, Karachi toward proposal-forming, environmental impact studies, and a landscape management plan to maintain the integrity of the Sandspit wetlands and coastal morphology.
    2. Supervised USAID project for landscape design of Faculty of Education Extensions at 10 universities throughout Pakistan
    3. Supervised community outreach proposals at Indus Valley School, Karachi, and the planting of Nazeer Hussain University campus, among various other community-related projects
    Publication:
      • Scent in the Islamic Garden: A Study of Literary Sources in Persian and Urdu, Oxford University Press, Karachi 2000, repr. 2012
      • About 12 papers in peer-reviewed journals published in USA, UK, India, Pakistan

      EXPERIENCE

      , , Nazeer Hussain University, Department of Architecture Chairperson, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

      Feb, 2008Dec, 2014Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Department of Architecture Karachi, Pakistan Head, Department of Architecture

      Oct, 2004Jan, 2008American University of Beirut, Department of Landscape Design Beirut, LebanonAssistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture

      May, 1999Oct, 2003Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM) Mexico Professor, Department of Architecture

      1999, , Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA Visiting Scholar, Aga Khan Program

      1998, , King Abdulaziz University, Department of Landscape Architecture, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Lecturer, Department of Landscape Architecture

      EDUCATION

      1994CompletedUniversity of Edinburgh, Scotland, UKPh.D

      1974CompletedUniversity of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA B.Arch