Dr. Suneela Ahmed


Suneela Ahmed is an Associate Professor and Head of Department at the Department of Architecture.She holds a Doctor of Philosophy of Urban Design from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK, a Masters of Urban Management from the University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia, and a B. Arch from IVS, Karachi

Her interests lie in analyzing the everyday adaptations of architectural and urban spaces at the grass root level of the global south. She dwells into the mitigation processes through the challenges of globalization, localization and informalization which gives shape to everyday spaces within an urban setting. She is the author of the book “Urban Architecture and Local Spaces in Pakistan’ by Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.

Zohaib Zuby

Faculty Researcher

Zohaib is an Assistant Professor and holds an MA in Muslim Cultures from The Aga Khan University International, London, UK and a B.Arch from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan.

At ADRL Zohaib’s research and practice centers around Affordable Housing, focusing on customized interventions to assist low income households, and has most recently completed Wallah’s House and Fozia’s House in Karachi, Pakistan.

He has also co-founded and launched a meditation and mindfulness platform, Be-khudi, which is the first to produce Urdu and English guided meditations; and is working on the design of an MBSR program for low-income schools in Pakistan, with the support of the John Fell Funded Grant.

Durreshahwar Alvi

Faculty Researcher

Durreshahwar is an Assistant Professor and holds an MSc, Urban Management and Development from the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies, Rotterdam, The Netherlands and a B.Arch from National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan

Durreshahwar Alvi currently pursues her interest in transdisciplinary knowledge and research to document, understand and bridge the gap between the biosphere and human development. Her area of focus within this is urban land management and development to work towards increasing the biodiversity of cities.

Mehmooda Maqsood

Faculty Researcher

Mehmooda has a bachelor degree in Architecture Design from the National College of Arts Lahore, and a joint M.sc in Regional Planning Development and Management from Technical University of Dortmund, Germany and University of Austral Chile. Her research interests lie in assessing the socio-spatial quality of life in informal settlements of South Asia and Latin America. She has been published in Habitat International, and Revista Urbanismo.

At ADRL she has initiated collaboration with research and development organizations, conducts studios to bridge the architectural discourse with research practice, promotes student’s research, and supports faculty with their research projects.

Ira Kazi

Faculty Researcher

Ira is an Assistant Professor at the department of Architecture at IVS. She has an M.Arch in Urban and Regional Planning, New York Institute of Technology, USA and a B.Arch from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan.

Ira’s research intersects between urbanism and landscape design. At the core of her work are values of participatory action for community development. Her research seeks to understand design issues and create methodologies for developing and maintaining green open breathable spaces in an otherwise concrete jungle.

As the principal partner at Kazi Landscape Design, Ira has worked on numerous residential and commercial landscape design projects exploring sustainability through parks, schools, residential gardens, restaurants, and urban spaces. Enthusiastic about passing her knowledge, she has taught landscape, urban, and rural environment design to students of various levels at IVS over the past decade.

Arooba Azad

Research Assistant

Arooba Azad, a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Technology and Construction Management from Copenhagen, Denmark, brings a unique blend of international exposure and hands-on experience. Having delved into the intricate world of Building Information Modeling (BIM), she has explored diverse architectural designs across various European countries. Arooba has honed her skills by working with renowned firms in Denmark and further enriched her expertise at Coalesce Design Studio in Pakistan.

Her professional journey reflects a passion for both research frameworks and real-life architectural practice, showcasing a dynamic approach to the field. Beyond her formal education and professional endeavors, Arooba is a self-taught illustrator and an artist, demonstrating a creative spirit that extends beyond the boundaries of traditional architectural roles.


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