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Beaconhouse National University

Permanent Faculty

  • Dean SVAD
    Mr. Rashid Rana

    Visual Artist

    • BFA (Fine Arts), National College of Arts, Lahore
    • MA Fine Art, Massachusetts College of Art, USA
    • Studies in Fashion Design, La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, Paris, France

    Rashid Rana is widely regarded as one of the leading contemporary artists working in South Asia today. He is the founding faculty member and head of the Fine Arts Department at Beaconhouse National University. His work has been extensively showcased in various national and international exhibitions, exhibitions at Art Dubai, Dubai; Lisson Gallery, Milan; Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi; New Art Exchange, Nottingham; Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City; Singapore Art Museum; Hong Kong Art Centre; Musée Guimet, Paris; Saatchi Gallery, London; Asia Society, New York; House of World Cultures, Berlin; Institute of the Modern Art, Brisbane and others.

  • Director UMISAA (UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institute for South Asian Arts)
    Professor Salima Hashmi

    Visual Artist, Critic, Curator, Former Principal National College of Arts

    • MA Art Education, Rhode Island School of Design, USA
    • Diploma Art Education, Bath Academy of Art, Bristol University, U.K.

    A recipient of the Pride of Performance Award in 1999, Prof. Salima Hashmi is an internationally renowned Pakistani artist, writer, art historian, art curator and educationist. She taught at National College of Arts for 31 years before working as its principal for four years. She is one of the key persons who founded Beaconhouse National University and School of Visual Arts and Design. She is a reputed painter whose works have been exhibited in Pakistan and in international exhibitions. She has written extensively on the arts, and has curated exhibitions of contemporary art and traditional textile.

  • Senior Fellow
    Professor Naazish Ata-Ullah

    Visual Artist, Former Principal National College of Arts

    • B.A. Punjab University, Lahore
    • N.D.F.A. National College of Arts, Lahore
    • A.T.C. London University, U.K.
    • Post-Graduate Studies in Printmaking, Slade School of Fine Art, London, U.K.

    Profile: A recipient of the title of Knight in the Order of Arts and Literature by the Republic of France in 2010 for her services to art and culture, Professor Naazish Ata-Ullah is an internationally acclaimed artist, art educator, curator, writer, social and human rights activist who has been involved in teaching, faculty mentoring, curriculum development of studio art programs, and development of masters program in SVAD. She has been instrumental in development of the MA Art Education program at BNU, which is the first MA program in Art Education in the country.

Associate Professors

  • Ali Raza | Visual Artist

    • BFA (Fine Arts), National College of Arts, Lahore
    • MFA (Drawing & Painting), University of Minnesota, USA
  • Kiran Farooq Khan | Textile Designer

    • B.Des, National College of Arts, Lahore
    • Studies in Textile Design, Accessories and Fashion Drawing, La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, France
      • M.Sc Linguistics, Beaconhouse National University

    Profile: Kiran Khan, is associate professor and is head of the Textile, Fibre and Fashion studies department at BNU. She initially did a bachelor of design from National College of Arts, Lahore in textiles where her thesis titled, "The World Beyond the Senses" was awarded a distinction. She was also awarded the prestigious, Percy Brown Award for art history and two gold medals for her performances as part of the NCA puppet team, called The Puppeteers NCA. She joined the Pakistan School of Fashion Design ( PSFD) where she taught for eight years and developed the textile curriculum. During her time at PSFD she went to Paris to pursue further studies in textile design, accessories and fashion drawing from La Chambre Syndicale De la Couture, France. She was also selected by JETRO, Japanese External Trade Organisation for further training at Bunka College of Fashion ,Tokyo. She joined BNU and established the textile design department. She has been with BNU for ten years now since its birth a decade ago. She has had training in conservation of textiles and has recently completed her Masters Degree in Linguistics which she feels is an essential link between the arts. She feels that "all textiles convey a different story and it is this story we understand through language". The department of textile is actively engaged in craft revival and was awarded an international award for a community craft Project in collaboration with Sungi and Bunyaad under the Punjab Skills Development Programme to empower women of Southern Punjab called the Humnawa Project. She also designs for the textile sector and has developed designs for Mausummery Lawn, Sitara Textiles, and Five Star Lawn.

  • Sahr Bashir | Jewelry & Accessory Designer

    • B.Des, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
    • M.Des. College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

    Profile: Sahr Bashir is the Head of the Jewelry & Accessory Department at SVAD. Having over fifteen years of experience in the Education sector, she took the lead in establishing the department, which is first of its kind in Pakistan. She has played a pivotal role in developing curricula and educational materials in addition to training faculty, professionals, craftspeople and students. As a visual artist, Sahr has represented Pakistan at many international platforms, most recently in Delhi & Beijing. She was awarded the Alumni Excellence Award for Education by the Australian Government in April 2014 for her contributions in skills training, community development and design interventions through education.

  • Omair Faizullah | Designer, Broadcast Designer & Strategic Communication Specialist

    • BFA (Communication Design) National College of Arts, Lahore
    • MFA (Design & Technology), Parsons School of Design, New York, USA

Assistant Professors

  • Aarish Ali Sardar | Multimedia Artist & Designer

    • BFA (Printmaking), National College of Arts, Lahore
    • MA Multimedia Arts, National College of Arts Lahore
    • MA Communication Design, Kingston University London, U.K.
  • Ayyaz Jokyio | Visual Artist

    • B.FA (Fine Arts), National College of Arts, Lahore
  • Mehbub Shah | Visual Artist

    • B.FA (Fine Arts), National College of Arts, Lahore
  • Pakeeza Khan | Fashion Designer

    • B.Des (Fashion Design) Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design
    • Candidate for M.Sc Textile Design, University of Management and Technology, Lahore
  • Risham Hosain Syed | Visual Artist

    • BFA (Fine Arts), National College of Arts, Lahore
    • MA Fine Art, Royal College of Fine Art, London, U.K.

    Profile: A winner of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize 2012, Risham Hosain Syed has exhibited her work at 1st Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art, China (2013), Dhaka Art Summit, Cathedral at Atri, Italy and various other places.

  • Rohma Khan | Textile Designer

    • B.Des (Textile Design), National College of Arts, Lahore
    • Candidate for MA Art Education, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore

Visiting Faculty

Aamina Karim Malik | Jewellery Designer
Ahmar Iqbal | Computer Consultant
Aisha Abid Hussain | Visual Artist
Aiza Mehmood | Jewellery Designer
Ali Kamal | Marketing Consultant
Amar Alam | Writer
Ammar Faiz | Visual Artist
Ammar Shahid | Fashion Designer
Sana Aziz | Jewellery Designer
Aroosa Naz Rana | Visual Artist
Arsalan Sarwar | Textile Designer Daud Randle | Marketing Specialist, Musician
Dr Nasreen Rehman | Historian, Playwright
Dr. Samina Iqbal | Artist, Educator
Faheem Ahmed | Animator, Creative Director
Farwa Ali | Fashion Designer
Haider Ali Akmal | Artist, Illustrator
Haider Ali Jan | Visual Artist
Hala Bashir | Architect, Researcher
Hamra Abbas | Visual Artist
Hamza Rana | Visual Artist
Hifsa Farooq | Visual Artist
Ismet Jawad Khawaja | Visual Artist
Jaffer Hussain | Designer, Creative Director
Kamran Nawaz Malik | Textile Technologist
Mirela Peerzada | Puppeteer, Sculptor
Nabeeha Khan | Designer
Nauman Abid | Visual Artist
Nausheen Saeed | Visual Artist
Raiha tul Jannah | Visual Artist, Educator
Salima Hashmi | Visual Artist, Educator
Shiza Chaudhry | Visual Artist
Tariq Habib Mirza | Sculptor, Carpet Manufacturer, Conservator
Waqas Ahmed | Fashion/Jewellery Designer
Zain Naqvi | Illustrator, Designer
Zaineb Siddiqui | Visual Artist, Interdisciplinary Researcher
Zarmina Rafi | Writer
Zeb Bilal | Researcher, Textile Designer
Zoya Hasan | Architect, Researcher
Zunaira Iftikhar | Fashion Designer

Academic & Professional Advisors

  • Dr. Catherine Wilson, EdD

    Associate Professor, Director Art Education Programs,
    Memphis College of Art, USA

  • Shehnaz Ismail

    Dean of Design, Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi

Adjunct Faculty

Abdul Waheed
Adil Khalid
Adnan Madani
Ali Moinuddin
Ali Xeeshan
Amar Kanwar
Amber Sami
Amna Sharif
Aneeka Cheema
Asima Khan
Asma Mundrawala
Attiq Ahmed
Ayesha Vellani
Babar Baig
Danish Jabbar Khan
Danyal Rasheed
David C. Alesworth
David Studwell
Dr. Brigitte Wolf
Dr. Farida Batool
Dr. Judith M. Burton
Dr. Rubina Saigol
Dr. Virginia Whiles
Fahad Hussayn
Faisal Anwar
Farhan Qamar
Farrukh A. Khan
Faseeh Saleem
Fatima Haider
Gwendolyn Kulick
Hashim Ali
Hassan Mujtaba
Hurmat Ul-Ain
Iftikhar Dadi
Iram Sana
Irfan Ali
Jill Morton
Jiri Pacinek
Julien Columeau
Kamiar Rokni
Kathleen Mulligan
Madiha Noor
Madyha Jan Leghari
Mahrukh Malik
Mahvash Salim
Malcolm N. Hutcheson
Mariam Afaf
Mariam Suhail Abbasi
Maryam Hussain
Masooma Syed
Max Kruger
Mohammad Ali Talpur
Mohammad Hanif
Mohsin Shafi
Nadeem Bashir
Naiza Khan
Nurjahan Akhlaq
Prof. Nazish Attaullah
Quddus Mirza
Qudsia Rahim
Rafay Alam
Raheem ul Haque
Rameez Umar
Reema Shehzad
Saba Qizilbash
Sajjad Kausar
Samia Mehdi
Sana Obaid
Saroop Ijaz
Shalalae Jamil
Shoaib Iqbal
Suroosh Irfani
Taimoor Khan Mumtaz
Ubaid Khan
Uzair Usman
Zara Idrees

SVAD Coordinators

  • Academic Coordinator

    Abdal Ahmed Jafri


    Profile: Syed Abdal Ahmed Jafri joined BNU as Secretary to the Dean, Prof. Salima Hashmi at SVAD in 2004 and currently serving as Academic Coordinator, SVAD.
    He holds a post-graduate degree in Urdu Language and Literature and has also done research and compilation for book: "Saadat Hassan aur Manto" by Nigarshat Publishers in 2012.

  • Admin & Finance Coordinator

Technical Supervisors & Attendants

Altaf Hussain | Senior Technical Lab Assistant
Amir Ali | Loom Technician | craftsman
Ghulam Rasool | Studio Technician (Textile)
Mubashir Salman | Lab In-Charge
Najam Ahmad | Studio Attendant (Jewellery)
Rafique Masih | Studio Attendant (VCD)
Syed Asif Abbas | Sewing Technician
Syed Basit Hussain | In-Charge Studio Fashion and Design
Tariq Khalil | Senior Technical Assistant (Jewelry Studio)
Shaukat Hanif | Studio Attendant (3-D Lab)
Pervaiz Masih | Studio Attendant (Photography)


Manzoor Masih | Peon - Dean's Office
Munir Ahmed | Peon
Usman Masih| Peo

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