Arif Hasan is a Pakistani architect and planner, activist, teacher, social researcher and writer. He studied architecture at the Oxford Polytechnic, worked in Europe in architect’s offices, and on his return to Karachi in 1968, established an independent practice which slowly evolved into dealing with national and international urban planning and development issues. He has taught at Pakistani and European universities and lectured widely both in the North and the South. His current and previous involvements are listed below.
Current Selected Involvements:
- Architect and planning consultant in private practice
- Documenting Karachi’s history and development issues and the process of social change in Pakistan
- Visiting professor, Department of Architecture and Planning, NED University, Karachi
- Chairperson, Orangi Pilot Project-Research & Training Institute, Karachi
- Chairperson, Urban Resource Centre, Karachi
- Member of the Executive Council of the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, Bangkok
- Member of the Advisory Board of “Environment & Urbanization”, the journal of the International Institute for Environment and Development, UK
- Member, Board of Studies for Architecture at the NED University, Karachi; Karachi University Visual Arts Department; and at the Department of Architecture and Planning, Dawood College, Karachi.
- Member, UN’s Advisory Group on Forced Evictions
- Member, Sindh Cultural Heritage Technical and Advisory Committees of the Culture Department of the Sindh Government
- Member, Governing Body of the Karachi Public Transport Society
- Member, Board of Karachi Infrastructure Development Company Limited, Ministry of Communications, Government of Pakistan
- Member, Board of House Building Finance Corporation (HBFC), Government of Pakistan
- Member, Academic Committee of the Architecture Board of Studies at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi
Some Previous Involvements:
- As Consultant in the 1970’s to the Appropriate Technology Development Organisation (ATDO) of the Government of Pakistan, developed models for sanitation, housing and the conceptual framework for research on low cost building materials and environmental issues.
- As Principal Consultant of the Orangi Pilot Project (1981-2000), applied and modified the models developed for the ATDO to the self-help philosophy of Akhtar Hameed Khan, documented them and their social and physical impacts and promoted their expansion in different areas of Pakistan and abroad
- Promoted the ATDO/OPP concepts with modifications for different urban and rural contexts as consultant and advisor to different multilateral and bilateral development agencies, government institutions and policy issues, national and international NGOs, and the Aga Khan Network. This led to the establishment of a number of development organisations such as Thardeep
- Was a member of the Governing Boards of the International Institute for Environment and Development, UK; Karachi Water & Sewerage Board; Karachi Development Authority; National Fund for Mohenjodaro; Pakistan Institute of International Affairs, Karachi; Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research, Karachi; Karachi Metropolitan Transport Authority; Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund; Thardeep Rural Development Project
- Member of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goal’s Task Force 8 (2003-2004); Drafting Committee of the National Housing Policy of the Government of Pakistan (1989); Government’s 2007 Task Force on Pakistan Vision 2030.
- Member of the External Review Committee for the Aga Khan Programme for Islamic Architecture at MIT and Harvard; Senior Fellow of the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics; and chairperson of the Federal Government’s Task Force on Urbanization.
- Member, Editorial Board of “International Development Planning Review”, Liverpool University, UK
- Chancellor, Textile Institute of Pakistan, Karachi
Awards and Honours
- Celebrity speaker at the 16th Union of International Architects Congress in Brighton, UK (1987)
- Member of the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (1990-1996) and of its Master Jury (1995-1998), Geneva
- Member, INTBAU (International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism), India Committee of Honour (2007)
- Received the following awards: Life Time Achievement Award of the Institute of Architects Pakistan (2003); Hilal-e-Imtiaz for Public Service of the Government of Pakistan (2001); Prince Claus Award for contribution to architecture and development (2000); International Year for the Shelterless Memorial Prize of the Japan Housing Association (1990); Best Building Award of the Karachi Development Authority (1983); World Habitat Award of the British Housing Foundation was conferred on the Orangi Pilot Project-Research & Training Institute (2000)
- Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan Memorial Award of the Council of Social Sciences Pakistan, on the best book on social sciences in the area of Rural / Urban development, 2010