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Department of Architecture


Yasmeen Lari was the first female architect in Pakistan and winner of the Jane Drew Prize 2020. She trained as an architect in the UK and opened her practice in Pakistan at the age of 23, over the next 40 years firmly establishing herself as one the regions leading design architects with a series of startling brutalist buildings. Retiring from mainstream practice she has spent the last twenty years focused on humanitarian architecture, focusing on low cost solutions to regional problems and the role of women in leading change. She will be resident in Jesus College for the academic year and hopes to use the Professorship to promote discussions of how humanitarian relief can be most efficiently used in Pakistan, engaging with students, politicians, NGOs and the UN to further these aims.

“We are hugely excited that Yasmeen has agreed to be the Marshall Professor this year. Her presence gives us a real opportunity as a Department and as a University to actively engage with the issues she represents.” Professor James Campbell.

Watch a PBS interview with Professor Yasmeen Lari, Sir Arthur Marshall Professor of Sustainable Design for 2022/2023, about building climate-resilient homes in the aftermath of the devastating floods in Pakistan

Exhibition: Yasmeen Lari: Architecture for the Future