ADA, Pakistan’s premier magazine for architecture design and art launched their awards for excellence in the fields of art and its associated disciplines, to showcase Pakistani talent on a global level.

The details were revealed by Maria Aslam, founding editor ADA and lead, at an impressive ceremony held at Claremont House, Karachi. Guest speakers included Hameed Haroon and senior architects Gulzar Haider and Shahid Abdullah. The event was well-attended by members from the professional, social and media fraternities of Pakistan. The event concluded with an interactive conversation with the Chairs for all three disciplines – Shahid Sayeed Khan for architecture, Saima Zaidi for design and Sameera Raja for art.

“ADA Awards is the first of its kind in Pakistan”, says Maria. “It is the first step in our journey in recognizing and celebrating excellence in architecture, design and art. ADA extends its portfolio towards the inclusive recognition of great works in all disciplines and the creative minds behind it. The awards aim to place Pakistan in the global arena with works aligned towards international recognition, and in parallel, to recognize celebrities from creative fields who make an impact on lives, inspire generations and leave a legacy of exceptional works.”

The call for submission is open to all Pakistan and Pakistani diaspora – located anywhere geographically, national firms and design studios and individuals engaged in the disciplines of architecture design and art. The aim is to identify and celebrate excellence in architecture, interiors, design and art manifestations as well as individual architects, designers, artists and studios producing the most outstanding work.

The Award is a biennial program and will be held in a different city every cycle. The inaugural awards ceremony will be held in Karachi in January 2019.

ADA Awards provides an opportunity for the region’s creative talent to present innovative and original works to be considered by a jury of leading figures from the world of architecture, interiors, art and design. Assisted by the editors of ADA, a panel of international experts drawn from each of the disciplines will meet together to review the submissions and choose the winners. The work submitted needs to have been completed by December 31, 2017 for the 2018-19 ADA awards cycle


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