Architect Yasmeen Lari is Pakistan’s first female architect. She started her career in the early 1990s, building some of Karachi’s most iconic structures. She has worked on projects such as the Taj Mahal Hotel, Finance and Trade Centre, and the Pakistan State Oil House, achieving success in a profession dominated by men.
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However, the 2005 earthquake changed the course of her career and her life. After the earthquake, she committed herself to provide homes for the marginalized. Using renewable materials, she developed a low-cost, carbon-free structure. The designs Yasmeen Lari created became one of the world’s most sustainable and resilient disaster relief structures.