ICON Wins “Excellence in Architectural Design 2005” Award


L to R: Hanif Daud and Saman Mahmood

ICON, a subsidiary of Art & Technologies Inc. USA, has won the “Award for Excellence in Architectural Design 2005”, which is Pakistan's most prestigious Architectural Award. A ceremony hosted by the Institute of Architects (IAP) Pakistan marked the conclusion of IAPEX 2005 Conference and exhibition held in Karachi.
The Institute of Architects (IAP) Pakistan was founded in 1956 and is celebrating its golden jubilee this year. The Conference and exhibition was attended by several international delegates including delegates from USA, Thailand, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt.
Art & Technologies Inc. is a California-based consulting firm. Its architectural wing “ICON” is managed by MIT alumni architects Hanif Daud and Saman Mahmood. Architect Hanif Daud of ICON received the award in the category of architectural interiors for the project of Mr. Hameed Haroon’s Library (owner and publisher of DAWN, Pakistan's most widely circulated English language newspaper).
Architect Hanif Daud AIA, AIAP is a graduate of Dawood College of Engineering and Technology/NED University, and a Fellow of Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Hanif has been a faculty member at Dawood College of Engineering and Technology/NED University since 1991. His other recent notable work is Lahore's Gawalmandi Food Street. This project was the topic of a presentation at Modern Asian Architecture Network’s 4th International Conference “Safeguarding and Revitalizing Local Heritage” held at Tongji University, Shanghai, China from October 28-30, 2004. Urban Bus Stands for Karachi was another national award wining project. Recently Hanif’s work has been profiled on CNBC Pakistan and other trade publications.
Architect Saman Mahmood AIAP is Graduate of Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and MIT. Saman has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. Her research work at MIT was cited in World Bank development report 1999/2000. During her undergraduate studies in Pakistan Saman was awarded Salimuzzaman Siddiqui Award and Mehdi Ali Mirza Award for her thesis and research work. She is also the Nominator of Architecture & Planning Projects for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. She is also a visiting faculty member at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture
The other significant work by ICON includes Master Planning and Development Guidelines for Karachi Zoo, private residences and interiors in US and Pakistan, several multinational institutions, radio stations, restaurants such as Karachi's BBQ Tonight, a Pakistani themed Restaurant in Moscow, Russia, and restoration of the famous colonial building the Killarney Hotel and historical Memon Masjid. Among notable exhibition designs was Mohatta Palace Exposition on Karachi entitled “Jewel in the Crown”.

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