A FORMER Oxford Brookes University student, who is Pakistan’s first female architect, has been awarded the Jane Drew Prize 2020 for her work in highlighting the role of women in architecture and design.

Yasmeen Lari joins an esteemed group including Zaha Hadid, Amanda Levete and Elizabeth Diller, who were previous recipients of the prize.

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The Jane Drew Prize, presented by the Architects Journal, recognises an architectural designer who, through their work and commitment to design excellence, has raised the profile of women in architecture.

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The award is named after the modernist architect, Jane Drew, who was an outstanding voice for women in the male-dominated field of architecture in the 20th century.

Yasmeen Lari is renowned for her distinctive buildings in Karachi and she is considered among the pioneers of Brutalistic Architecture.

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She set up her practice in the city after graduating from the Oxford School of Architecture (later Oxford Brookes) in 1964.

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Her designs include large scale projects, such as the Finance and Trade Centre (1983-89) and Pakistan State Oil House (1985-91). She has retired from architectural practice and has since concentrated on humanitarian work.

Commenting on her award, Ms Lari said: “I am touched and humbled to be included among the galaxy of architects who have received this prize.”