Nayyar Ali Dada
Nayyar Ali Dada (architect)
|Born||11 November 1943|
|Awards||Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence) Award in 2018|
Pride of Performance Award in 1992
Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1998
Early life and education
Nayyar Ali Dada was born on 11 November 1943 in Delhi, British India. His family migrated to Lahore, Pakistan in the 1950s. After finishing his basic education at the University of Punjab, Lahore in 1957, he enrolled in the National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore as a student. In 1964, he graduated from NCA but chose to remain attached with it by working there as a teacher. The principal of NCA Shakir Ali and Dada became friends. According to Overseas Pakistanis Foundation website, "The relationship with Shakir Ali (the principal of NCA) grew, and the two became close friends. As a token of friendship, Nayyar designed Shakir Ali's house in Garden Town, Lahore (now the Shakir Ali Museum)."
Buildings associated with Dada include:
- Shakir Ali Museum (Lahore) 1982
- Grand Jamia Mosque, Lahore valencia town
- Grand Jamia Mosque, Karachi Bahria Town
- Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore in 1981
- BCCI Bank (Colombo, Sri Lanka)
- Beaconhouse National University, Tarogil Campus (Lahore)
- Faisalabad Arts Council
- Gaddafi Stadium (Lahore)
- Serena Hotel (Islamabad)
- Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore (restored the historic garden)
- Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre
- Vogue Towers (a shopping mall in Lahore, Pakistan) (2010)
- Lahore Zoo
- Quaid-e-Azam Library, (Lahore)
- The Defence Revelation, (Lahore) 
- According to the Illustrated Dictionary of the Muslim World, a GoogleBooks website, "Dada is best known for bringing modern architecture to Pakistan."
- Dawn (newspaper) calls him, "....one of the celebrated architects..." of Pakistan.
Awards and recognition
- Pride of Performance Award by the Government of Pakistan in 1992
- Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1998
- Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) Award by the President of Pakistan in 2003
- Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence) Award by the President of Pakistan in 2018
- Reference, Marshall Cavendish (1 September 2010). 'Illustrated Dictionary of the Muslim World' on GoogleBooks. Marshall Cavendish. pp. 93–. ISBN 978-0-7614-7929-1. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
- Profile of architect Nayyar Ali Dada on Overseas Pakistanis Foundation website Retrieved 11 December 2019
- "Nayyar Ali Dada's role in design of the hospital". Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre (SKMCH&RC). Archived from the original on 4 July 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
- 'Heritage lovers petition 'public court' for Lahore preservation', Dawn (newspaper) comments about architect Nayyar Ali Dada, Published 30 October 2015, Retrieved 11 December 2019
- President to confer civil awards today Dawn (newspaper), Published 23 March 2003, Retrieved 11 December 2019
- Awards conferred on 58 military, 73 civil personalities Dawn (newspaper), Published 24 March 2018, Retrieved 11 December 2019