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As a part of Pakistan Green Building Design and construction program , Green Building Council facilitates its  partner universities to enhance capabilities in areas of sustainable infrastructure development and green building design and construction in Pakistan. For the same purpose, Mrs. Marie Paule HALGALD, a Professor at ENSA Nantes (School of Architecture of Nantes)  and is also  higher education attaché at the Embassy of France in Islamabad visited Department of Architecture Lahore College for Women University. Along were Mr. Aqrab Ali Rana, CEO, Pakistan GBC and Sohaib Tahir Head ,Pakistan Green Building Guidelines Programmes, Pakistan GBC  visited  Department of Architecture Lahore College for women University on Monday 13th March 2017 from 9:30am – 11:30am.

The team arrived at LCWU campus at 9:30 am.The team along with Head of Architecture Department LCWU Ar Yasmeen Abid Maan  had a meeting session with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar.Vice Chancellor encouraged the initiatives of collaboration between Architecture Department at LCWU, Lahore Pakistan  and School of Architecture at Nantes, ENSA France . She encouraged prospects of  degree program in French language at LCWU. Exchange of opinion was also made over running energy efficient building design trends.

The students’ projects for all practical courses and design studios  were displayed for review. The projects included 2-d and 3-d representations of students’ design projects, Conservation, Landscape, Urban Design and Materials & Construction etc. After the meeting, a comprehensive presentation covering contents of Architectural education , resources in respective department and areas of collaboration was given by Ms Yasmeen Abid Maan. The team expressed appreciation for vision of Vice Chancellor LCWU Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar and progress of Architecture Department at LCWU. Professor Marie Halgald deliberated her appreciation quality teaching for female sector education in the field of Architecture at Lahore College for women  University.


Energy Efficient Building Designs Recommended in a Seminar at LCWU

Globally buildings are responsible for a huge share of energy, electricity, water and materials consumption. The building sector has the greatest potential to deliver significant cuts in emissions at little or no cost. Buildings account for 18%  of global emissions today, or the equivalent of 9 billion tonnes of Co2 annually. If new technologies in construction are not adopted during this time of rapid growth, emissions could double by 2050, according to the United Nations Environment Program.Green building practices aim to reduce the environmental impact of building. In a country like Pakistan, which is facing immense energy problem, need is apparent to construct energy efficient buildings. This was stated by speakers in a seminar organized by Archetecture Department here in Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) on Friday. Minister of Commerce and Industry Punjab Alaudeen Sheikh, Vice Chancellor University of Engineering and Technology Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid, Vice Chancellor host University Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar, Norbert Lechner Prof. Emeritus, Architect and LEED AP, Prof. Dr. Salman Azhar is a J.E Wilborn Endowed Professor and Graduate Program Chair in the McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama and senior faculty members of architecture department of UET and LCWU spoke in the seminar.

Minister of Commerce and Industry Punjab Alaudeen Sheikh said that building design should bear the balance between homebuilding and the sustainable environment. This requires close cooperation of the design team, the architects, the engineers, and the client at all project stages. The minister assured that Punjab Government will endorse all recommendations made by universities on the topic.

 Vice Chancellor LCWU Prof. Dr. Rukhsana  Kausar said energy efficient building practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. She expressed that university management will preserve its old buildings which are heritage and have natural environment.

 Vice Chancellor University of Engineering and Technology Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid said that every building should be as small as possible. An other rule is not to contribute to sprawl, even if the most energy-efficient, environmentally sound methods are used in design and construction.”The International Energy Agency released a publication that estimated that existing buildings are responsible for more than 40% of the world’s total primary energy consumption and for 24% of global carbon dioxide emissions.” He added.

Head of Architecture Department Yasmeen Abid Maan said that seminar is significant in perspective of global warming, decreasing natural energy resources and the environment concerns. It is important to focus on the reducing energy consumption in buildings which is about 55% in case of Pakistan. Pakistan is one of those countries which consume highest energy in domestic sector which is above 45%. On the other side, the energy deficiency in Pakistan is seriously affecting many sector including the economic growth of the country under these circumstances, it has become prime responsibility of building professionals, academicians and research scholar to come forward with innovative and economical solutions for energy efficient design of building and their construction with effective materials to help the country for reduction in energy burden. This 2nd International Workshop on “High Performance Energy Efficient Design and Construction” will focus on the low cost and easy-to-apply energy conscious design strategies for hot climate, design for delighting along with solar geometry, the role of traditional housing concepts for energy conservation with contemporary issues of design and construction and the state of the art technologies for construction of energy-efficient building.

Norbert Lechner Prof. Emeritus, Architect and LEED AP, an expert in energy responsive architectural design with an emphasis on solar responsive design including day lighting highlighted the significance of smart buildings as key note speaker. “On the aesthetic side of green architecture or sustainable design is the philosophy of designing a building that is in harmony with the natural features and resources surrounding the site. There are several key steps in designing sustainable buildings: specify 'green' building materials from local sources, reduce loads, optimize systems, and generate on-site renewable energy.” He explained.

Prof. Dr. Salman Azhar is a J.E Wilborn Endowed Professor and Graduate Program Chair in the McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama said that the importance of high performance energy efficient buildings is need of the hour.


B. Architecture Session 2016-21


This Visit was planned in benefit of the students’ knowledge of cultural legacy of the Lahore and also to get inspired of the Historical Mughal Architecture. The visit also developed  an insight for architectural heritage and monuments they are studying under course work of History of Architecture I.


The tour is well co-ordinated by following members:
•    Ar. Maqsood Malik  (Deputy Director Archeology Department Lahore Fort)
•    Ar. Yasmeen Abid Maan (Incharge Department of Architecture LCWU)
•    Ar. BeenishUsman (Lecturer Department of Architecture LCWU)
•    Ar. Maryam Jamil(Lecturer Department of Architecture LCWU)

Total Number of students: 59


The students were guided about the historical background of the Great Shahi Qila, different era’s it has been through, the ruling emperors and most importantly it’s Architecture. Semester -01 took keen interest in this activity by looking close into the different pavements they visited and gathered their knowledge.

Lahore Fort itself speaks for itself that would leave the listener breathless. It could tell of love, romance and adventure, of dark eyed beauties and fierce-browed warriors, of queens in flowing silks and kings in shining armour, of poets, actors, slaves and concubines, of soldiers and rebels, of revolutions and court intrigues, of coronations and assassinations, of treachery and black revenge. Extensive round were made so that students were able to gather ample information about theIslamic Architecture. Toured by coordinator from Archaeology Department, the students visited the Diwan-i 'Am,to the west of the massive quadrangle of Jehangir that was located at northeast corner of fort. The quadrangle is formed by concentric rectangles with a fountain in its centre. ,then they moved  towardsMakateebKhana. After that guide briefed students about khwabgah of Shah Jahan.Then students had a tour to Sikh museum that used to be the restroom of a Sikh Queen, there they had a look on the model of queen, weapons used by the Britishers and Sikhs in wars and keeping prisoners and also the stuffed horse of a Sikh King.

Later they moved forward towardsChakozi( hamam) side and came to know some facts about ancient  Mughal water system and observed the carved Persian inscription on marble slab relates to the construction ,the Turkish style Hammam-e-Shahi (Royal Bath), PaienBagh (Ladies Garden) constructed on the basic concept of ChahrBagh.Their visit toDiwan-i-Khas ,a hall where the Emperor would attend to matters of the state, and where courtiers and state guests were received. Then they moved to servant quarters of khowajasara employed for the ladies of haram. From where they have a skyline view of white tomb  ofMaharaja ranjeetsingh located at far corner.

Naulakha Pavilion was much enjoyed by the students as this splendor small pavilion is one of the best architectural master piece of Mughal era, made of prominent white marble, and known for its distinctive curvilinear roof. Students observed the structure that was originally inlaid with precious and semi-precious stones.Walking on the HathiPaer (Elephant Stairs)  thatends on the outer courtyard of Sheesh Mahal which is celestial looking mirror palace …very much enjoyed by the students and is one of the most majestic palaces of the Mughal period. Students were told about the Gillt work, Pietradura work; Marble perforated screens and the AienaKari.

The versatility of variegated marble stone slabs was experienced at this stage of tour by the students, the edifice.Mughal emperor Shah Jahan constructed Sheesh mahal for his wife Mumtaz.They also had observed the a unique Acoustic system at Mughal times i.e sound travel from one corner to the other through ceiling, this system was basically developed by architect of that time  MimarSinan.Group photo was made at that place to capture the memories of such an interesting visit.  After that at last but not least students visit summer Palace that is three times bigger than the winter Palace.Existing from the Shah Burg Gate student paved their way thanking the tour guide, made their way towards to buses,having view to the Greater Iqbal Park.


Architectural and aesthetic sense of Mughals is clearly be seen from such monuments, and proved to be an outstanding site of repertoire for the students. And they have a better understanding and appreciation of their rich History and Cultural Heritage.   


In accordance with teaching methodologies referred by HEC and PCATP for Architecture , Juries were arranged at Architecture Department Lahore College for Women University; where students presented  their final term projects of Architectural Design .Design projects as briefed and discussed through extensive lecturing in Studios during the term were displayed for final assessment by Jurors. Design studios are conducted by instructors and Professors at Architecture Department LCWU. Practicing architects were invited as jurors who have particular experience with whatever the building type is that the students are designing. Similarly, Senior Academicians from other institutes were also invited as external jurors.

For a student, the process of standing up in front of a group of professors and architects and presenting is a challenging part of academic training. The students of B Arch Session 2012-17 and 2013-18 performed brilliant  and particularly  well at presenting reasons for making design decisions and presentation techniques.



  • To start with, a comprehensive Design Brief for an Architecture project is shared with students. The schedule details out all prospects like lecture, references, primary and secondary data collection, field surveys, planning and design techniques and finally presentation media within the department.
  • The studio performance, model making in Model Making Lab of Architecture Department, Presentation techniques in Computer Lab and reference making in Library by all students is regularly exercised throughout the design projects and assignments of other subjects.



  • Master Plan of Housing Scheme with 500 Plots was assigned to students of VIII. Semester. Land Use, Landscaping, Ecology, Sustainability, Aesthetics  and Economics were key considerations for Design process.
  • Detail Design of Apartments Building, a 2 Kanal House design with energy efficient and sustainable features and Commercial Area.


Studio Instructors:      Prof. Dr Abdul Rahman - Email: arch.rehman@gmail.com

                                 Asst Prof Yasmeen Abid Maan - Email:Yasmeen.arch@gmail.com

Contribution of Women in Social and Scientific Development of Pakistan

The  conference was held under ISESCO-WINS 2016 at DRSM Library,Quaid-e Azam University,Islamabad on 8th March 2016. Welcome Note was presented by Prof. Dr. Javed Ashraf,VC QAU. The Inaugral Session was conducted by Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan   (Chairman,PCST) with Dr. Sania Nishtar as honorable Chief Guest.

Title of Conference: Contribution of Women in Social and Scientific Development of Pakistan
Conference Sessions & Key Note Speakers
Technical Session I (Biological Sciences)- Prof. Dr. Rabia Hussain (AKU, Karachi)
Technical Session II (Natural Sciences)- Prof. Dr. Bina Siddiqui (HEJ / ICCBS, Karachi)

Technical Session III (Social Sciences)- Dr. Rubina Saigol (Lahore)

The paper by Yasmeen Abid Maan ,Assistant Professor Head of Architecture Deptt, Lahore College for Women University as selected by ISESCO wins 2016 Committee was presented in Technical Session III.
Author & Speaker: Ar. Yasmeen Abid Maan            
Topic: Role of Women in Social Cadre of Disaster Hit Areas of Pakistan: A  Case Study of Yasmeen Lari’s Projects in Flood Affected Areas of Sindh

Abstract: The livability and rehabilitation processes in disaster-prone regions all over the world need an integrated mechanism within government and social circles. The enormity of disasters in Pakistan during last two decades has raised this need even more. Architect Yasmeen Lari-the first female architect of Pakistan a graduate of Oxford School of Architecture  (1964),Hilal-e-Imtiaz,Unesco Advisor(2003-2005) ,holds a dynamic profile for her contributions towards rehabilitation of families in disaster hit areas of Pakistan. Earthquakes and Floods in Pakistan  have provided the backdrop to much of her later practice in Architecture. She has implemented an elusive element of pride among traumatized families. Her approach for involving  local materials and techniques of construction have not only elevated legacy of cultural heritage amongst the folks yet has produced sustainable features in built environment. Women were exclusively involved in post disaster mechanism in form of local empowerment for income generation. The DRR driven methodologies of construction implemented in flood affected areas of 2010 showed resilience in floods of 2013 in Sindh.Lari’s holisitic models for training MDGS stand as standard design solution in Architecture. Lari’s works signify Architecture as design mechanism for beautifying not just a unitary building but  harmonising built and natural environments as well as cultural heritage of societies.

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Exhibition in Architecture Department

The Department of Architecture LCWU has organized an exhibition on the work of first batch (now in t semester-3).
It was held on 4th -6th November 2013 in the Department of Architecture.
The Exhibition was inaugurated by the worthy Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Sabiha Mansoor.

Students constructed landscape design in Atrium of Basement of Post Graduate Block.
Pen and Ink arrangement were displayed in the Atrium. Charcoal work and design of light Carrier was displayed in the corridor of Architecture Department.

The Department was established in 2012. It’s the first only women Architecture Department in the world. In 2013, the Department has admitted 2nd batch in almost 60 undergraduate students.

Welcome party

Welcome party was held in the department on 20th May 2013 for the students of first semester.