Nayyar Ali Dada

Nayyar Ali Dada

Nayyar Ali Dada (Urdu: نیر علی دادا) (born November 11, 1943 in Delhi, India) is an architect, who is renowned in Pakistan.[1]


Early life and Education

Born Nayyar Ali Zaidi, he was given his commonly recognized last name by a teacher for his painting and drawing skills. His family were originally Indian Muslims, but migrated from Delhi to Lahore in the 1950s, where he, in 1957, enrolled into Punjab University. Two years later, he entered Pakistan's National College of Arts, where he graduated in 1964 and stayed as a lecturer. The institution named Dada a Fellow of the College in 1976.


In the early 1970s, Dada entered the professional world, setting up a small practice in Lahore. He became well-known in Pakistan after designing the Al-Hamra Arts Complex in Lahore, an example of modern architecture in Pakistan. He later designed the adjacent Al-Hamra Open Air Theatre, for which he received a Building of the Decade award in 1989.[citation needed]


In 1992, Dada received the President's Pride of Performance award for his services to architecture and conservation in Pakistan.[citation needed] To date, he is also the only Pakistani architect to receive the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which he received in 1998 for Al-Hamra Arts Complex.[citation needed]


Buildings associated with Dada include:[citation needed]

  • Al-Hamra Arts Complex (Lahore)
  • Al-Hamra Open Air Theatre (Lahore)
  • Serena Hotel (Islamabad)
  • Saudi-Pak Tower (Islamabad)
  • Punjab House (Islamabad)
  • F9/Fatima Jinnah Park (Islamabad)
  • Expo Centre (Lahore)
  • Bagh-e-Jinnah (restoration) (Lahore)
  • Quaid-e-Azam Library (restoration) (Lahore)
  • Habib Bank Provincial Headquarters (Lahore)
  • MCB Bank Provincial Headquarters (Lahore)
  • EFU Insurance Building (Lahore)
  • Gaddafi Stadium (Lahore)
  • Shakir Ali Museum (Lahore)
  • Emco Industries Complex (Lahore)
  • Habib Bank (Quetta)
  • Industrial and Agricultural Investment Co-operation Limited(addition/restoration)(Lahore)
  • Sheraton Hotel (Lahore)
  • Parliament Building (Maldives)
  • BCCI Bank (Colombo, Sri Lanka)


  1. ^ Reference, Marshall Cavendish (2010-09-01). Illustrated Dictionary of the Muslim World. Marshall Cavendish. pp. 93–. ISBN 9780761479291. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 

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