KARACHI – Architect Syed Akeel Bilgrami received the prestigious Sitara–e-Imtiaz from the President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi, honoring his lifelong contributions in the field of architecture and design since 1972.
Twice elected President of the Institute of Architects Pakistan (IAP), the national body of Professional Architects in Pakistan, Mr. Bilgrami is also the first Pakistani to be elected Chairman of the prestigious Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA), the 21-nation premier body of architects of Asia.
“It’s a great honor for me to receive this civil award but this award is not just for me, I dedicate to each and every person who has been an integral part of my wonderful journey including my mentors, my partners, my students and most importantly my family. Since 1972, my only passion has been to serve Pakistan in the field of architecture and design” said Syed Akeel Bilgrami
A pioneer of the country’s architectural landscape and industry, Syed Akeel Bilgrami has represented Pakistan at the triennial International Union of Architects (UIA) General Assembly in Istanbul (2005), Tokyo (2011) and Durban (2014) and at the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) at Dhaka (2013) and has designed over 1500 projects in Pakistan, Bangladesh and UAE. Amongst the projects designed by NBCL is the master planning of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) at the Karachi University Campus with eight new buildings added to the existing infrastructure.
Mr. Syed Akeel Bilgrami is also amongst the founding members of the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture (IVS), Karachi, a private, not-for-profit, Degree Awarding Institute set up in 1990, providing high quality education in the fields of Architecture, Textile Design, Communication Design and Fine Arts.
Syed Akeel Bilgrami has been the Principal Architect and Partner of Bilgrami & Faruque since 1972 and Chairman and Principal Architect of Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative (Pvt) Ltd (NBCL) (www.najmibilgrami.com) since 2009. His firm, NBCL, has won several national architectural design excellence awards and three international A-design awards from Italy, the only Pakistani firm to have received this honor.
Mr Bilgrami is a Trustee of several charitable, educational, environmental and social organizations.
Pakistani rupee continues recovering losses against US dollar and other currencies amid positive economic cues.
On Tuesday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.6 for buying and 286.65 for selling.
Euro slides down to 309 for buying and 312 for selling. British Pound rate inches up to 360 for buying, and 363.5 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED dropped to 77.50 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 75.90.
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||360||363.5|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.46||36.81|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||175.89||177.89|
The gold remained under pressure in Pakistan amid a huge drop in price of the precious metal despite in the international market.
On Tuesday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs218,500 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs187,330.
Single tola of 24 karat is Rs218,500, 22 Karat Gold costs Rs200,290, rate of 21 karat gold stands at Rs191,190 whereas 18k gold rate is Rs163,875.00 for each tola.
In the global market, gold saw huge drop in price, coming down to $2037 per ounce after drop of $81.79.
|Lahore||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Karachi||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Islamabad||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Peshawar||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Quetta||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Sialkot||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Attock||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Gujranwala||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Jehlum||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Multan||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Gujrat||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Nawabshah||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Chakwal||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Hyderabad||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Nowshehra||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Sargodha||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Faisalabad||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Mirpur||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|