Events The Working Paper – Lecture Series – Vol. I/Fall 2023

The Working Paper – Lecture Series – Vol. I/Fall 2023

The Working Paper, an initiative sponsored by SADA Faculty members – Ar./Lec. Anam Tariq, Ar./Lec. Hamza Aziz, and Ar./Asst. Prof. Yusra Alvi – intends to create a literary assemblage consisting of speculative works adjacent to the field of design that are inherently inquisitive in nature. Guest Lecturers from a variety of academic disciplines were invited to SADA this year and initiated fruitful discourse on a plethora of critical topics. While not mandatory, they will be requested to submit an article reminiscent of the topics presented in their lecture, which will become part of the first edition of The Working Paper magazine. These lectures incorporated various pedagogical discourses alongside interdisciplinary dialogue in an effort to instigate more informed discussions by highlighting the intuitional blindness of architecture as a discipline, as it generally disengages itself from the broader socio-political and economic repercussions of design.

The following is a detailed list of the scheduled lecturers, alongside their academic background and lecture topics:


Name Date Title Affiliation Speaker Bio
Marcelo Lima 17th Oct-23 The Brazilian Republic under the aegis of progress Habib University

Marcelo, an Assistant Professor at Habib University, is currently writing his Ph.D dissertation in History and Political Cultures at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. His research analyzes how anti-communism influenced the relations between the Brazilian military regime and the government of Chiang Kai-shek in the Republic of China from 1964 to 1974. Marcelo’s research interests include fascism, Nazism, fascist ideas in interwar Brazil, Brazilian authoritarian nationalism, Brazilian foreign policy, history of international relations, right wing movements in Brazil, Brazilian military regime, military regimes in Latin America and Asia under a comparative approach, and post-colonial history.


Tane Moleta (online) 26th Oct 23 Mixed Reality in Architecture Victoria University of Wellington

Tane Moleta specialises in developing and utilising mixed reality tools within the field of architecture. His research and practice focus on enhancing the immersive experience by integrating real-time real-world phenomena with digital space. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.


Zulifkar Ali Bhutto & Wajhat Malik 16thNov 23 The Indus Stories

Wajahat Malik is a filmmaker who has extensively documented the Indus River and its myriad cultures. ZAB, an artist and curator, founded the Bhulan Foundation to understand the cultural, ecological and social history of the Indus River through the eyes of one of Pakistan’s most elusive animals, the Indus River Dolphin. He has shown work, curated exhibitions globally, and spoken at Columbia University, UC Berkeley, NYU, Stanford and the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture.


Ahmad Rafay 20thNov 23 Ravi Urban Development Authority Pakistan Environmental Law Associates

Ahmad Rafay Alam is an environment lawyer, Yale World Fellow, and Partner at Saleem, Alam & Co. Mr. Alam currently serves as the Chairman of the Lahore Waste Management Company, Vice Chairman of the Urban Unit and Member of the Punjab Environment Protection Council.

Zahra Hussain


12thDec 23 Architecture Otherwise; thinking through etho-ecologies Founder and director Lajverd

Dr Zahra Hussain is an Architect and Cultural Geographer based in Pakistan. Her research focuses on architecture and sustainable development particularly in the mountain landscapes of Northern Pakistan. She has designed and curated community heritage museums in post conflict area of Kashmir and Laspur in North West Pakistan. She leads the ‘Academy for Democracy’ project exploring forms of engagement with changing landscapes. She has been involved in several UKRI (United Kingdom Research Institutes) funded projects committed to exploring forms of resilience in times of climate crisis affecting the cultural landscapes in South and Central Asia. Currently, Dr Hussain has received an IIAS Fellowship to spend a period of ten months (May 2023 – March 2024) doing research at IIAS.


Tayeba Batool 6th Mar 24 Spontaneous Spring and the Uncertain City: Politics and Expertise of Arboreal life PhD Scholar at University of Pennsylvaia

Tayeba Batool is an academic and writer from Rawalpindi, currently based in the United States. She is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the politics and practices of urban and environmental governance in Pakistan. In her writing, she draws upon creative ways of understanding agency and justice among human and nonhuman worlds.

Jehanzeb Shoaib


16thApr 24 Critical Cartography Faculty at Rhode Island School of Design

Jehanzeb Shoaib is currently an Adjunct Faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). His research-led creative practice investigates the agency of design to highlight spatial-temporal boundaries, which lie at the intersections of geography and critical infrastructure. His practice employs decolonial design narratives, counter-mapping and speculative worldbuilding as tools across various mediums and scales to advocate for social and environmental concerns.

Aasim Sajjad Akthar


9th May 24 A tale of two cities: Katchi abadis, gated communities and the crisis of urban planning. Faculty at Quaid-i-Azam University and Scholar at School of Oriental and African Studies

Aasim Sajjad Akhtar is an Associate Professor of Political Economy at the National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University. He was previously at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). ASA works on diverse subjects such as state theory, informality, colonial history, and social movements. He has published widely in journals such as Third World Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Journal of Peasant Studies and Critical Asian Studies. He is also the author of three books, most recently The Politics of Common Sense: State, Society and Culture in Pakistan (Cambridge, 2018). ASA also writes a syndicated column for Pakistan’s newspaper-of-record, DAWN.