Pakistan’s first woman architect Yasmeen Lari, has bagged prestigious British Gold Medal, won only by “iconic” architects from across the globe previously. The award was presented to Lari, 81, by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), which is given in recognition of a lifetime’s work. Lari received the medal for her work related to zero-carbon self-built houses for displaced populations.
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According to RIBA, the monarch personally approves the medal for individuals or groups of people who have had a “significant influence either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture”.
Lari said since it is the first time that a woman architect from Pakistan was awarded the highest of honors in the field of architecture, it came as a “total surprise” to her.
Source: Arab News PK