Shahid Abdulla

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Principal, CEO

Shahid Abdulla is the principal and founding partner of Arshad Shahid Abdulla (Pvt.) Ltd. He oversees the Interior Design and Residence Departments at the firm.

Shahid Abdulla received his Bachelors in Architecture degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. After completing his studies he worked for Richmond Manhoff & Marsh and Miller & Associates for a year. He returned to Pakistan in 1975 where he joined Pyarali A. Merali Associates.

In 1979, together with Arshad Abdulla, he formed Arshad Shahid Abdulla (Pvt.) Ltd.He is a member of Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners (PCATP) as well as Institute of Architects Pakistan (IAP). He was also the founding chairman of Pakistan Institute of Interior Designers, established in 2001 for the development of the profession.

In 1990, along with a group of concerned individuals, he founded the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture.  It was his initiative to relocate the 100 year old Nusserwanjee building from its premises in Kharadar to the new school in Clifton thereby saving it from demolition and preserving it as part of our cultural heritage. He was part of the initial teaching faculty of the school and taught here for several years. Here he also served as a member of the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee.

In 2008, he helped found The Hunar Foundation (THF), a non-profit organization with the objective of finding a solution to the problems of livelihood for the youth, by provision of quality vocational training which is in demand both locally and abroad.

To date, Shahid Abdulla is actively involved with the design processes at ASA, giving his valued guidance not only to vast ranging projects of all typology but also nurturing the new and fresh inductees into the profession with his experience, wit and wisdom.