Razia Hassan School of Architecture (RHSA)

At RHSA, we merge academic knowledge with professional goals, producing visionary thinkers who excel in inquiry, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Emphasizing interdisciplinary collaboration, we explore beyond traditional design boundaries, remaining sensitive to cultural contexts. Our mission centers on sustainability and environmental preservation, preparing students to tackle contemporary challenges with innovative, culturally relevant solutions. Our curriculum incorporates diverse technologies, supported by advanced labs like the Emerging Technologies Lab and a state-of-the-art wood workshop, fostering experimentation and modern craftsmanship.

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At RHSA, we aim to train professionals in comprehensive planning and design skills, integrating history, theory, aesthetics, and practical building technology. Collaboration with engineers, understanding building economics, and prioritizing natural resource optimization are key focuses.
DEAN’S MESSAGE

Inspiring excellence,

Here at the Razia Hassan School of Architecture, we are committed to fostering creativity, innovation, and excellence in architectural education. Through our rigorous curriculum, dedicated faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities, we strive to empower our students to become thoughtful, responsible, and impactful architects who will shape the built environment of tomorrow. Whether you're a prospective student, a current member of our community, or a visitor to our website, we invite you to explore all that the Razia Hassan School of Architecture has to offer and join us in our pursuit of architectural excellence.

Mr. Omar Hassan,

Dean, Razia Hassan School of Architecture

RHSA PROGRAMS

Empowering Lives Through Diverse Programs of Study

RHSA Undergraduate Programs

RHSA provides undergraduate degrees in Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) and Bachelor in Interior Design (BID), fostering the growth of aspiring architects and designers with innovative education.


FACULTY AND STAFF

Our team,

Mr. Omar Hassan

Mr. Omar Hassan

Dean of the RHSA with extensive experience in architecture and design education.

Dr. Syed Gulzar Haider

Dr. Syed Gulzar Haider

Consultant at RHSA, with more than 50 years of experience and expertise in architecture and structural optimization.

Mr. Muhammad Omar Farooq

Mr. Muhammad Omar Farooq

Head of the Department at RHSA with extensive experience in architecture and design. Published author and experienced in national and international architecture projects.

Mr. Ejaz Ahmad Mehboob Malik

Mr. Ejaz Ahmad Mehboob Malik

Experienced professor with over 30 years of experience in architecture and design education. Established various departments and conducted workshops on heritage and tourism.

Mr. Sajjad Kausar

Mr. Sajjad Kausar

Experienced professor with over 40 years of experience in architecture, conservation, and heritage. Presented at conferences and workshops on heritage conservation and historical buildings.

Ms. Saman Malik

Ms. Saman Malik

Experienced architect with qualifications from BNU and Glasgow.

Mr. Junaid Alam Rana

Mr. Junaid Alam Rana

Urban planner and designer with qualifications from Stockholm and NCA Lahore.

Ms. Zara Amjad

Ms. Zara Amjad

Skilled architect with 12 years of experience, recognized for contributions to the field and academic achievements.

Mr. Zeeshan Sarwar

Mr. Zeeshan Sarwar

Zeeshan Sarwar has 12 years of experience and is a member of PCATP. He has been published as an author in various conferences and has won awards in national design competitions. He has also worked on projects related to urban design and architecture, showcasing his expertise in these fields.

Ms. Aabidah Shujaat

Ms. Aabidah Shujaat

Aabidah Shujaat is an architect, academic, writer, text editor and an aspiring landscape architect. She graduated from University of the Punjab in 2009 with a Bachelor of Architecture. She has completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture from Institute for Art and Culture in 2021. She has worked in the field for eight years and has worked on educational and public buildings. She has been in academia for the last five years and has co-developed the curriculum for undergrad programs of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. She has also co-organized several international conferences, talks, seminars and photography exhibitions on architecture and urbanism and also assisted in the editing and publications of several research journals. Her area of research focuses on landscape architecture, history and theories of architecture.

Mr. Ghammaz Husnain

Mr. Ghammaz Husnain

Ghammaz H. Sandhu is a PCATP licensed Architect & Urbanist. He completed his undergraduate in B. Arch from RHSA at BNU and received his MSc. degree in Urban Planning & Policy Design from Polytechnic of Milan. His research primarily focuses on Belt & Road Initiative/ CPEC, Transnational Institution Building, Climate Resilient Infrastructures, & Urban Equity. His areas of interest are Governance, Territorial Policies, & Climate Change.

Mr. Fahad Mehmood Mayo

Mr. Fahad Mehmood Mayo

Fahad Mehmood is an architect with a B.Arch degree from Beaconhouse National University in Lahore. He is a member of PCATP with registration number A-06677. His professional journey includes roles such as Visiting Lecturer at the Institute for Art & Culture (SADU), Studio Architect at Beaconhouse National University's Razia Hassan School of Architecture, and Set Designer at MSA (Metropolitan Studio of Architecture) Lahore, among others. Notably, he served as the Art Director and Set Designer for Nescafé Basement Season 5 at Trigram Studio. Fahad's expertise extends to various projects, including the Incubation Center for Start-ups at Fatima Ventures and Villa S & T. He has also contributed to workshops such as the Second Zero Carbon Workshop for Astana, a collaborative project between PCATP and the Heritage Foundation of Pakistan for World Architecture EXPO Astana 2017.

Mr. Muhammad Aarez Ali

Mr. Muhammad Aarez Ali

Muhammad Aarez Ali, a BNU-RHSA alumnus, has held teaching positions at NFC-IET Multan, and IAC. He is the Lead Project Architect at Noor Khan Design and works independently under Aarez Ali Atelier. Ali's diverse academic and professional background allows him to bridge academia and practice, integrating structural thinking into design processes.

Mr. Usman Saqib Zuberi

Mr. Usman Saqib Zuberi

Usman Saqib Zuberi has 6 years of experience as an architectural photographer. He has worked on various projects and his photographs have been published in national and international articles. He has also attended workshops and exhibitions related to architecture and design, showcasing his dedication and skills in the field.

Ms. Sara Assad

Ms. Sara Assad

Sara Asad's professional journey includes serving as a Job Architect at Kalim Siddique & Associates. She has also participated in conferences such as the DCA Conference 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia, where she presented papers titled

Zoya Gul Hasan

Zoya Gul Hasan

Zoya Gul Hasan has a strong academic background in architectural history and design. She has graduated with honors and distinction and has received awards for her academic achievements. Her work experience includes research, writing, and exhibition design in architectural history and related fields.

Syed Ahmed Hasan Gilani

Syed Ahmed Hasan Gilani

Syed Ahmed Hasan Gilani has experience working on projects related to architecture and design. His work includes projects such as Maryam Zamoni Mosque, Golden Arrow Coffee Shop & Lodge, and others. He has also been involved in architectural internships and has been a visiting lecturer at various institutions.

Ms. Humna Syed

Ms. Humna Syed

Humna Syed has worked as a junior architect and has participated in competitions related to zero carbon design and urban forest design. She has also been involved in exhibitions and publications related to architecture, showcasing her skills and contributions to the field.

Mr. Ahsan Fazal

Mr. Ahsan Fazal

Ahsan Fazal, a graduate of the National College of Arts, has contributed significantly to academia and creative industries. Over nearly a decade, he has observed, designed, and delivered Studio and Theory courses at the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design. His role involves developing course content and conducting ongoing research to enhance the curriculum. Throughout his academic career, he has conducted extensive research on materials, form, and techniques. Additionally, he has excelled in administrative responsibilities and showcased his talents as a set designer and writer for music videos, short films, and theatrical productions.

Ms. Shajeea Shuja

Ms. Shajeea Shuja

Shajeea Shuja has been part of Pakistan's academic landscape since 2013 and currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the Razia Hassan School of Architecture, BNU, Lahore. A versatile design polymath, she seamlessly integrates principles from civil engineering, interior design, architecture, and conservation into both her academic and professional pursuits. With nearly two decades of experience, Shajeea has engaged in diverse projects as an interior designer and architect across Pakistan and Australia. Her dedication to preserving cultural heritage is evident in her role as a conservationist, actively contributing to safeguarding Pakistan's built heritage. Shajeea's pedagogy, rooted in critical thinking, favors the Socratic method to foster intellectual inquiry among her students. Additionally, she holds a keen interest in social sustainability and environmental psychology, subtly integrating these aspects into her academic endeavors

Jawwad Nakai

Jawwad Nakai

Jawwad Nakai is a a practicing architect and interior designer with a Master of Architecture from the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, University of Michigan and Bachelor of Architecture from the National College of Arts, Lahore. Prior to pursuing his graduate studies, he was affiliated with BNU-RHSA as a lecturer. Since 2015, he has been practicing in NewYork City across a range of residential and hospitality projects. His design interests include a focus on digital design and emerging technologies.

ALUMINI

Straight from the Source

RHSA TODAY

Breaking limits:

NEWS | All News
RHSA Hosts Inspiring Exhibition: 'Embracing Paradoxes'

The Razia Hassan School of Architecture (RHSA) at Beaconhouse National University proudly presented an engaging exhibition, "Embracing Paradoxes". The event, co-curated by esteemed faculty members M Awab Nouman and Zara Amjad, showcased a diverse array of exceptional works by talented architects. The exhibition was a testament to the creative prowess of Umm e Laila, Sahyr Sayed, M Awab Nouman, Zara Amjad, Usman Saqib Zuberi, and Fatima Zahra, all of whom contributed their unique perspectives to the theme of embracing paradoxes. The faculty co-curators, M Awab Nouman and Zara Amjad, played a pivotal role in curating a collection that not only captivated visitors but also encouraged reflection on the inherent contradictions and complexities within artistic expressions. The event served as a platform for the School of Architecture to celebrate the creativity and innovation of both its faculty and students. Attendees were treated to an immersive experience that highlighted the depth and breadth of artistic talent within the Razia Hassan School of Architecture. The exhibition not only demonstrated the School's commitment to fostering a vibrant artistic community but also provided an opportunity for students, faculty, and art enthusiasts to engage with thought-provoking works that challenge conventional perspectives. The "Embracing Paradoxes" exhibition undoubtedly stands as a testament to the dedication and artistic excellence upheld by the Razia Hassan School of Architecture at Beaconhouse National University.

Dean Invited as Juror for American Institute of Architects Design Excellence Award

Mr. Omar Hassan, the esteemed Dean of the Razia Hassan School of Architecture & Design at Beaconhouse National University (BNU), has been accorded a prestigious honor. He has been invited to serve as an international juror for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design Excellence Award. The AIA Design Excellence Award is one of the most prestigious accolades in the field of architecture, recognizing projects that demonstrate exceptional design quality and innovation. Mr. Hassan's participation as an international juror underscores BNU's commitment to fostering excellence in architecture and design education. This invitation stands as a testament to Mr. Hassan's outstanding contributions and remarkable expertise in the field of architecture and design. With his wealth of knowledge and experience, he will be a valuable addition to the esteemed panel of jurors evaluating projects for excellence in architecture across various categories.

RHSA Hosts Thrilling Inaugural Street Sports Fest

The Razia Hassan School of Architecture (RHSA) at Beaconhouse National University (BNU) witnessed a burst of energy and excitement as it hosted its inaugural Street Sports Fest. This one-day event brought together architecture students, small businesses, and sports enthusiasts for a memorable celebration of athleticism and creativity. The event, held within the vibrant campus grounds, showcased a dynamic fusion of sportsmanship, talent, and entrepreneurial spirit. From thrilling futsal matches to innovative stall setups, the fest offered a diverse array of activities for participants and spectators alike. A standout feature of the event was the comprehensive coverage provided by the Society for Architectural Photography (SAP).Through the lens of SAP, the vibrancy and energy of the Sports Fest were immortalized in stunning detail. As the first chapter of what promises to be an enduring tradition, the inaugural Street Sports Fest served as a testament to the collaborative spirit and boundless talent within the RHSA community. It set the stage for future celebrations of athleticism, creativity, and innovation, uniting students and stakeholders in a shared passion for sports and architecture.

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RHSA International Advisory Council

Mr. Hasan-ud-din Khan

Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation, Roger Williams University, USA

Mr. Hasan-ud-din Khan is a distinguished figure in the field of architecture and historic preservation, currently serving as the Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University in the USA. With a background as a graduate of the Architectural Association (AA) and previous tenure as the Head of Architecture Activities at the Secretariat of HH the Aga Khan in the 1980s, Mr. Khan brings a wealth of expertise to his role. He has also imparted his knowledge at renowned institutions such as MIT and the University of California, Berkeley, and is the author of several acclaimed books on architecture.

Web: Hasan-ud-din Khan LinkedIn: Hasan-ud-in Khan

Mr. Yahya Jan

President and Design Director, NORR Group of Consultants International Limited, UAE

Mr. Yahya Jan holds the prestigious position of President and Design Director at NORR Group of Consultants International Limited in the UAE. A graduate of Princeton University, Mr. Jan is recognized as one of the foremost Muslim architects globally. He serves as a Designated Expert of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and is currently overseeing the design and engineering of the world's tallest hotel under construction in Dubai, among other notable projects.

LinkedIn:Yahya Jan

Ms. Olga Mesa

Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Architecture Program, Roger Williams University, USA

Ms. Olga Mesa serves as an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Architecture Program at Roger Williams University in the USA, as well as a Research Associate at MaP + S, Graduate School of Design. With design degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and the Graduate School of Design (GSD) at Harvard, Ms. Mesa brings a multifaceted perspective to her role. She has shared her expertise through teaching positions at RISD, MIT, Northeastern University, and the Universidad Tecnologica Equinoccial (UTE), and has contributed to leading architectural firms including Gensler, 3six0, and Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects.

LinkedIn:Olga Mesa Web:Olga Messa

Mr. Aaron Brode

Owner/Designer at 2Storydesignbuild.com, USA

Mr. Aaron Brode is the visionary Owner/Designer at 2Storydesignbuild.com in the USA, where he applies his expertise as both a sculptor and architect. With degrees from Tyler University and the Rhode Island School of Design, Mr. Brode has held influential design leadership roles at prominent firms such as Gensler, Marmol Radziner, and 3six0. He is a staunch advocate of the "design-build" philosophy, overseeing design and fabrication across all projects, and has shared his knowledge as a teacher at institutions like RISD and Roger Williams University.

LinkedIn: Aaron Brode

International Advisory Council

RHSA has created an International Advisory Council as advised by the VC and as per BNU’s Vision-2030, to enhance the quality of education and bring it at par with international best practices. The focus of the group will be on the following:

  • B.Arch Program
  • B.ID Program
  • R-COD

    • Heritage Center
    • CURE-Center for Rural and Urban Environments
    • Emerging Tech Lab

The main idea for creating this advisory council is to get active input from international experts and to uplift the quality of education at RHSA, while considering the following objectives:

  • Review existing curriculum and how to connect theory courses with design studios
  • Connect theory and studio courses with RHSA Lab initiatives
  • Capacity building of faculty in academics
  • Understanding future challenges and opportunities in the academic and professional field of architecture
  • How to implement international best practices within the local context which may have different priorities.
  • How to use low-tech solutions to compensate for the lack of cutting-edge technology (locally) in the field of architecture: To get maximum out of minimum, from available teaching resources and technology.
  • To understand the dynamic and changing nature of the profession, so that students can work nationally and internationally in fields that are directly or indirectly related to the field of architecture.
  • Online lecture series
  • To visit international practices and affiliated universities/ organizations connected to advisory council members by designated RHSA faculty members for capacity building
  • Develop a professional network for graduating students
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