The winter of 2014 welcomed excitement in Islamabad and architectural circle by inviting international delegates from nineteen Asian countries including Pakistan, India, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Japan, Sri Lanka, Philippines, and Vietnam on a two day Arcasia Roundtable Conference and forum on Social Responsibility.
This year the Institutes of Architects Pakistan (IAP) Islamabad/Rawalpindi hosted the three day event in Islamabad under the flagship of Ar. Jahangir Khan Sherpao President IAP, Ar. Naveed Aslam Chairman IAP Islamabad/ Rawalpindi Chapter .The three day event included an open forum on the topic of Social Responsibility on Saturday 15th November 2014, followed by a two day roundtable conference on 16th and 17th November 2014 on initiative of inculcating the concept of Social Responsibility in designers, architects, town planners and suggesting integration of socially responsive design amongst the curriculum of architectural education in the member countries.
The three day event began with the forum on 15th November 2014, inviting international architects as delegates and speakers including Joseph Kwan (China), Engr. Rouland deSouza (Pakistan), Ar.Sudhir Balakrishanan Pillai (India), Dr. Nasreen Hossain (Bangladesh), Ar. Yawar Jilani (Pakistan), Ar. Marvi Mazhar ( Pakistan), Ar. Ramiz Baig, Honorary Secretary (IAP) Pakistan, Ar. Fauzia Qureshi (Pakistan), Ar. Syed Zaigham S.Jaffery (Pakistan), Ar. Rita Soh (Singapore), Dr. Moin Uddin (Pakistan) from the Arcasia member countries. The session also welcomed a majority of architects both international and national, as guests as well as audience in the sessions.
The first ARCASIA Roundtable on Social Responsibility was held at the Ramada Hotel on the 16th of November. It was headed by the current Chairperson of the ACSR, Joseph Kwan and comprised of representatives from ten ARCASIA member counties. A joint resolution for future actions was passed at the roundtable.
The ARCASIA Roundtable on Architecture Education was held at the Ramada Hotel on the 17th of November. It was headed by the current Chairperson of the ACAE, Dr. Chalay Kunawong and comprised of representatives from nine ARCASIA member counties. A joint resolution for future actions was passed at the roundtable.
The IAP Conference was further enriched by a research presentation and lecture by Prof. Spiro N. Pollalis on the master planning and design process of Islamabad on the evening of 16th November at Marriott Hotel. The lecture was inaugurated by a welcome note by President IAP Jahangir Khan Sherpao followed by a speech by the Greek Ambassador of Pakistan. After a brief introduction of Prof Pollalis by the convener of the 3 day event Ar. Fawad Sohail Abbasi, the lecture commenced by the architect and educationist Spiro N Pollalis.