Mehdi Ali Mirza

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Mehdi Ali Mirza (1911, Hyderabad State - 27 October 1961)[1] or M. A. Mirza, was amongst the first generation of formally trained architects in Pakistan.[1] He laid the foundation for the establishment of the profession in the new country.[2] He was also the prime mover behind the Institute of Architects, Pakistan (IAP) which was established in the 1950s.[1] In 1962, he was awarded the Pride of Performance Award after his death.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Mirza was born in 1911 to an officer of the forest service in Hyderabad State, British India.[3]

He taught at the Delhi Polytechnic's department of architecture till 1947, then he migrated to Pakistan.[3]

Mirza was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright.[1][4] After arriving in Karachi at independence, he started his career with the Public Works Department in 1947.[1]

In the 1950s, he along with 10 other practising architects including two foreigners; M. A. Ahed, Tajuddin Bhamani, Minoo Mistry, Pir Mohammad, R. S. Rustumjee, H. H. Khan, Abdulhusein M. Thariani, Zahiruddn Khawaja, Bloomfield and Peter Powell., formed the Institute of Architects, Pakistan.[1][2][3]


Mirza died of cancer on 27 October 1961 in England.[1]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  • Mankani, Zain and Shikoh, Murtuza(eds), "Pioneer of Architecture in Pakistan - Architect Mehdi Ali Mirza. Karachi: Arch Press. 2013 978-969-9803-00-0 (monograph)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Chapter 8: Architecture after independence Archived 2 October 2018 at the Wayback Machine website, Retrieved 3 Dec 2016
  2. ^ a b Book Review Archpress Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Mumtaz, K. K., "Modernity and Tradition" Karachi: OUP 1999 pg. 121
  4. ^ Mumtaz, K. K., "Modernity and Tradition" Karachi: OUP 1999 pg. 120