First Pakistani female architect Yasmeen Lari won the UK’s King Royal Gold Medal for her architecture work of Zero-Carbon self-build concept for displaced populations.
The British High Commission in Pakistan tweeted about the success, “Congrats Yasmeen Lari on winning his Majesty the King’s Royal Gold Medal for Architecture !”.
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The high commission also shared images oc students from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Britain who gathered at Granny Square in London to “Live build 2 zero/low carbon structures designed by Lari”.
World’s Highest Medal for Architecture
The Royal Gold Medal is personally approved by the Monarch and awarded to person who have had a significant influence on architecture according to the rules of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
The Royal Gold Medal is presented to Balkrishna Doshi (2022), Sir David Adjaye OBE (2021), Dame Zaha Hadid (2016), Frank Gehry (2000), Lord Norman Foster (1983), Frank Lloyd Wright (1941), and Sir George Gilbert Scott (1859).
This year it will be presented to Yasmeen Lari in June.
Who is Yasmeen Lari ?
Yasmeen Lari is a successful architect having a long career and an immeasurable influence on the trajectory of Architecture and humanitarian work in country. She created a lot of accessible, enviromental friendly construction techniques to help people and communities in fighting natural diasters and climate change.
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She also co-founded the Heritage Foundation of Pakistan with her husband Suhail Zaheer Lari, creating 50,000 dwellings of self-built sustainable shelters and housing designs.