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Yasmeen Lari + Heritage Foundation of Pakistan

Karachi, Pakistan


Pakistan’s first woman architect, Yasmeen Lari is also an architectural historian, heritage conservationist and humanitarian aid worker. She graduated from Oxford School of Architecture (Oxford Brookes University), and was elected to the Royal Institute of British Architects (1969), retiring from architectural practice in 2000. Her work is included in 20th Century World Architecture (Phaidon Press UK, 2012). She is among 60 women who have contributed the most towards UNESCO’s objectives. Since 2005 she has implemented DRR-compliant strategies for post-disaster communities under ‘Heritage and Tradition for Rehabilitation and Development’, ‘Build Back Safer with Vernacular Methodologies’ (BBSVM), and ‘Women centred Community Based Disaster Risk Management’ (W-CBDRM), forming the basis for the World’s largest zero carbon footprint shelter program (40,000 units). Her present work at World Heritage Makli, includes implementation of ‘Lari-Emergency Preventive Intervention’ (L-EPI), which has provided low cost reversible relief using earth, lime and bamboo, to numerous heritage sites against degradation.

CAB 1 Contribution

Project Overview

Barefoot Architecture

The City is the Site