Welcome to
Beaconhouse National University

Permanent Faculty

  • Dean SVAD
    Mr. Rashid Rana

    Visual Artist

    • BFA (Fine Arts), National College of Arts, Lahore
    • MA Fine Art, Massachusetts College of Art, USA
    • Studies in Fashion Design, La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, Paris, France

    Rashid Rana is widely regarded as one of the leading contemporary artists working in South Asia today. He is the founding faculty member and head of the Fine Arts Department at Beaconhouse National University. His work has been extensively showcased in various national and international exhibitions, exhibitions at Art Dubai, Dubai; Lisson Gallery, Milan; Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi; New Art Exchange, Nottingham; Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City; Singapore Art Museum; Hong Kong Art Centre; Musée Guimet, Paris; Saatchi Gallery, London; Asia Society, New York; House of World Cultures, Berlin; Institute of the Modern Art, Brisbane and others.

  • Director UMISAA (UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institute for South Asian Arts)
    Professor Salima Hashmi

    Visual Artist, Critic, Curator, Former Principal National College of Arts

    • MA Art Education, Rhode Island School of Design, USA
    • Diploma Art Education, Bath Academy of Art, Bristol University, U.K.

    A recipient of the Pride of Performance Award in 1999, Prof. Salima Hashmi is an internationally renowned Pakistani artist, writer, art historian, art curator and educationist. She taught at National College of Arts for 31 years before working as its principal for four years. She is one of the key persons who founded Beaconhouse National University and School of Visual Arts and Design. She is a reputed painter whose works have been exhibited in Pakistan and in international exhibitions. She has written extensively on the arts, and has curated exhibitions of contemporary art and traditional textile.

  • Senior Fellow
    Professor Naazish Ata-Ullah

    Visual Artist, Former Principal National College of Arts

    • B.A. Punjab University, Lahore
    • N.D.F.A. National College of Arts, Lahore
    • A.T.C. London University, U.K.
    • Post-Graduate Studies in Printmaking, Slade School of Fine Art, London, U.K.

    Profile: A recipient of the title of Knight in the Order of Arts and Literature by the Republic of France in 2010 for her services to art and culture, Professor Naazish Ata-Ullah is an internationally acclaimed artist, art educator, curator, writer, social and human rights activist who has been involved in teaching, faculty mentoring, curriculum development of studio art programs, and development of masters program in SVAD. She has been instrumental in development of the MA Art Education program at BNU, which is the first MA program in Art Education in the country.

Associate Professors

  • Ali Raza | Visual Artist

    • BFA (Fine Arts), National College of Arts, Lahore
    • MFA (Drawing & Painting), University of Minnesota, USA
  • David Chalmers Alesworth | Visual Artist

    • B.A.,Picker Fellow, A.R.B.S.
    • B.A.,Honours, Wimbledon School of Art
    • MFA (New Media Arts), Transart Institute, Berlin, Donau-Universität Krems, Austria
    • Picker Fellowship in Sculpture, Kingston University, Associate Royal Society of British Sculptors

    Profile: David Alesworth is well-known visual artist and landscape designer who is leading the Foundation Studies program at SVAD, BNU. Some of his most acclaimed works include mixed media site-specific installations made in Karachi in the 1990s. He worked with artists and crafts people to create truck paintings and shrine-like shipping containers that exceeded conventional binaries of high art and popular craft, modern and traditional, local and foreign. He has exhibited his work at Aga Khan Museum, Toronto (2014), Berlin Biennale, Germany (2014); Lines of Control, British Council, London (2011); Gardens of Babel, Rhotas-2 Gallery, Lahore (2011); and Half-Life, NCA Gallery, Lahore (2009). His work is also found in collections at the Pakistan National Collection, Islamabad; the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; and the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.

  • Huma Mulji | Visual Artist

    • BFA (Sculpture), Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi
    • MFA (New Media Arts), Transart Institute, Berlin, Donau-Universität Krems, Austria

    Profile: The recipient of the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2013, Huma Mulji works with sculpture, photography, drawing, and painting, creating material juxtapositions which are attentive to the absurd, and question notions of ‘certainty’, and ‘truth’, through the use of digital imaging, reanimating objects through taxidermy, or creating clumsy, hybrid objects. She has showcased her work at different exhibitions in New York, London, South Korea, Dubai and other places.

  • Kiran Farooq Khan | Textile Designer

    • B.Des, National College of Arts, Lahore
    • Studies in Textile Design, Accessories and Fashion Drawing, La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, France
      • M.Sc Linguistics, Beaconhouse National University

    Profile: Kiran Khan, is associate professor and is head of the Textile, Fibre and Fashion studies department at BNU. She initially did a bachelor of design from National College of Arts, Lahore in textiles where her thesis titled, "The World Beyond the Senses" was awarded a distinction. She was also awarded the prestigious, Percy Brown Award for art history and two gold medals for her performances as part of the NCA puppet team, called The Puppeteers NCA. She joined the Pakistan School of Fashion Design ( PSFD) where she taught for eight years and developed the textile curriculum. During her time at PSFD she went to Paris to pursue further studies in textile design, accessories and fashion drawing from La Chambre Syndicale De la Couture, France. She was also selected by JETRO, Japanese External Trade Organisation for further training at Bunka College of Fashion ,Tokyo. She joined BNU and established the textile design department. She has been with BNU for ten years now since its birth a decade ago. She has had training in conservation of textiles and has recently completed her Masters Degree in Linguistics which she feels is an essential link between the arts. She feels that "all textiles convey a different story and it is this story we understand through language". The department of textile is actively engaged in craft revival and was awarded an international award for a community craft Project in collaboration with Sungi and Bunyaad under the Punjab Skills Development Programme to empower women of Southern Punjab called the Humnawa Project. She also designs for the textile sector and has developed designs for Mausummery Lawn, Sitara Textiles, and Five Star Lawn.

  • Sahr Bashir | Jewelry & Accessory Designer

    • B.Des, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
    • M.Des. College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

    Profile: Sahr Bashir is the Head of the Jewelry & Accessory Department at SVAD. Having over fifteen years of experience in the Education sector, she took the lead in establishing the department, which is first of its kind in Pakistan. She has played a pivotal role in developing curricula and educational materials in addition to training faculty, professionals, craftspeople and students. As a visual artist, Sahr has represented Pakistan at many international platforms, most recently in Delhi & Beijing. She was awarded the Alumni Excellence Award for Education by the Australian Government in April 2014 for her contributions in skills training, community development and design interventions through education.

Assistant Professors

  • Aarish Ali Sardar | Multimedia Artist & Designer

    • BFA (Printmaking), National College of Arts, Lahore
    • MA Multimedia Arts, National College of Arts Lahore
    • MA Communication Design, Kingston University London, U.K.
  • Ayyaz Jokyio | Visual Artist

    • B.FA (Fine Arts), National College of Arts, Lahore
  • Faseeh Saleem | Designer, Fiber Artist

    • MFA in Fashion & Textile Design with specialization in Textile Design / Fiber Art, Swedish School of Textiles Borås, Sweden.
    • B.Des (Textile Design), Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
    • PGD, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore

    Profile: Faseeh Saleem has done Bachelors in Textile Design at BNU and specialization in Textiles at the University College of Boras, Swedish School of Textiles. He has exhibited his art works in Pakistan as well as internationally; including exhibitions at Stockholm furniture fair, IKEA Tillsammans: Design for Past, Present and Future Relations in Sweden besides holding a number of exhibitions at Lahore, Islamabad, New Delhi, Boras, Paris, UAE, and Ukraine.

  • Gwendolyn Kulick | Designer

    • Diplom Design, Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany
    • PhD Candidate, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Faculty of Art and Design, Wuppertal, Germany

    Profile: Gwendolyn Kulick has been associated with the Department of Visual Communication Design at SVAD since 2004. She teaches courses design history and design theory as well as design strategy in diverse studio courses. Occasionally, she executes print publication projects, works as a design consultant, conducts workshops and contributes and reviews writings on design education.

  • Malcolm Hutcheson | Photographer, Film Maker, Print Maker

    • BA (Honours) Photographic Arts, London College of Printing, U.K.
    • Candidate for MA Art & Design Studies, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore

    Profile: Malcolm Hutcheson is a graduate of Photographic Arts, from the London College of Printing (London Institute). He is the recipient of the Prix Pictel Award; the world’s premier photographic award in sustainability 2008. He has worked as the Director of Photography in a number of international acclaimed projects and has conducted several Photography workshops. His work has been exhibited in Paris, Dubai, Holland, London and other countries.


  • Mehbub Shah | Visual Artist

    • B.FA (Fine Arts), National College of Arts, Lahore
  • Pakeeza Khan | Fashion Designer

    • B.Des (Fashion Design) Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design
    • Candidate for M.Sc Textile Design, University of Management and Technology, Lahore
  • Dr. Razia I. Sadik | Educator & Visual Artist

    • B.Des, National College of Arts, Lahore
    • MA & PgDip., Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design, London, U.K.
    • Ed.DCT Art & Art Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA
    • PostDoc in Art Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA
  • Risham Hosain Syed | Visual Artist

    • BFA (Fine Arts), National College of Arts, Lahore
    • MA Fine Art, Royal College of Fine Art, London, U.K.

    Profile: A winner of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize 2012, Risham Hosain Syed has exhibited her work at 1st Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art, China (2013), Dhaka Art Summit, Cathedral at Atri, Italy and various other places.

  • Rohma Khan | Textile Designer

    • B.Des (Textile Design), National College of Arts, Lahore
    • Candidate for MA Art Education, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
  • Sadaf Chughtai | Graphic Designer, Photographer

    • B.FA (Communication Design) Concordia University Montreal, Canada
    • MA in Art & Design Studies, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
  • Sumaira Malik | Jewelry Designer

    • M.A Interior Design, National College of Arts, Lahore
    • Accredited Gemologist (AIGS)
    • Accredited Jewelry Professional (GIA)
  • Umar Hameed | Designer

    • BFA (Design), National College of Arts, Lahore
    • MA Innovation in Design, University of Huddersfield, U.K
    • MA Media Studies (Certificate), Sheffield Hallam University, U.K.

Visiting Faculty

Abia Nazim | Psychologist
Aiza Mahmood | Visual Artist
Ahsan Nazir | Fashion Designer
Aisha Abid Hussain | Visual Artist, Supervisor MA Art Ed
Aminah Rizwan | Jewelry & Accessory Designer
Amna Zuberi | Design Strategist
Aneeka Cheema | Art Educator
Aroosa Rana | Visual Artist
Asima Khan | Visual Artist
Ayesha Vellani | Photographer
Basir Mehmood | Visual Artist
Batur Raza | Fashion Designer
Fatima Haider | Visual Artist
Ghulam Mohiuddin | Fashion Designer
Hanan Pasha | Fashion Designer
Inaam Zafar | Visual Artist
Irfan Ali | Fashion Designer
Ismet Jawaad Khawaja | Visual Artist
Kamiar Rokni | Fashion Designer
Kamran Nawaz Malik| Textile Engineer
Mahvash Salim | Jewelry Designer
Mahrukh Malik | Visual Artist
Matt Kushan | Digital Artist
Nurjahan Akhlaq | Visual Artist
Quddus Mirza | Visual Artist
Rabbya Naseer| Visual Artist
Rabeya Jalil | Visual Artist, Art Educator
Raiha-tul-Jannah | Visual Artist
Reham Sani | Graphic Designer
Dr. Ruhi Khalid | Professor & Head Institute of Psychology, BNU
Sadaf Mahmood Butt | Graphic Designer
Safi Naeem | Designer
Saima Rana | Marketing Consultant
Sami Yasdani | Fashion Designer
Sana Aziz | Jewelry Designer
Dr. Shabnam Khan | Textile Designer, Researcher, Educationist
Tariq Habib Mirza | Sculptor, Carpet Manufacturer, Conservator
Unum Babar | Visual Artist
Dr. Tehniyat Majeed | Historian, Islamic Art and Architecture
Zaineb Siddiqui | Visual Artist
Zara Mirza | Artist
Zeb Bilal | Textile Designer
Zil-e-Batool | Jewelry Designer
Zoona Khan Kundi | Art Educator

Teaching Assistants

Ghulam Muhammad | Visual Artist
Komal Naz | Visual Artist
Pratima Thakali | Visual Artist
Reham Sani | Graphic Designer
Rida Najam | Graphic Designer
Saad Ahmad Khan | Graphic Designer
Sana Obaid | Visual Artist
Sofia Shahid | Visual Artist
Usman Hassan | Graphic Designer
Zoya Siddiqui | Visual Artist

Academic & Professional Advisors

  • Dr. Catherine Wilson, EdD

    Associate Professor, Director Art Education Programs,
    Memphis College of Art, USA

  • Shehnaz Ismail

    Dean of Design, Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi

Adjunct Faculty

Adil Khalid
Adnan Madani
Ahmed Nabeel
Akmal Cheema
Ali Moinuddin
Ali Murtaza
Amar Kanwar
Amber Sami
Amna Sharif
Asma Mundrawala
Bani Abidi
Dr. Brigitte Wolf
Danyal Rasheed
David Studwell
Fahad Hussayn
Faisal Anwar
Farhan Qamar
Farida Batool
Farrukh A. Khan
Hamra Abbas
Hassan Mujtaba
Hurmat ul-Ain
Jill Morton
Jiri Pacinek
Johanna Sasse
Dr. Judith M. Burton
Kathleen Mulligan
Madiha Noor
Mahvash Salim
Maria Hassan
Mariam Afaf
Mariam Suhail Abbasi
Maryam Hussain
Masooma Syed
Mohammad Ali Talpur
Mohammad Hanif
Mohsin Shafi
Nadeem Bashir
Naiza Khan
Omair Faizullah
Qudsia Rahim
Rafay Alam
Raheem ul Haque
Reema Shehzad
Dr. Rubina Saigol
Saba Ahmed
Saba Qizilbash
Sadia Saleem
Sajjad Kausar
Samia Mehdi
Dr. Sarah Zubair
Saroop Ijaz
Shalalae Jamil
Dr. Shyla Rao
Suroosh Irfani
Taimoor Khan Mumtaz
Dr. Virginia Whiles
Zara Idrees

SVAD Coordinators

  • Asad Maqsud

  • MA Coordinator

    Mahrukh Malik


    Profile: A graduate of SVAD, Mahrukh has been working at BNU since 2012 as MA Programs Coordinator. She is associated with the Centre for Art & Design Education & Research (CADER) and she also teaches the Foundation Year students. She is simultaneously completing her MA in Art Education.

  • Secretary To Dean

    Abdal Ahmed Jafri


    Profile: Syed Abdal Ahmed Jafri has been serving as Secretary to the Dean, Prof. Salima Hashmi at SVAD since the establishment of the department. He is currently enrolled in an M. Phil program at BNU and has also done Research and Compilation for book: "Saadat Hassan aur Manto."

Technical Supervisors & Attendants

Aasif Khan | Media Lab
Altaf Hussain | Sculpture, 3-D Studios
Amir | Textile Technician | craftsman
Asif Hamdani | Sewing Technician
Asif Hanif | Multimedia Operator
Deemas Shallum | Multimedia Operator
Farhan Rafique | Goldsmith
Farooq Ali | Assistant, 3-D Studios
Ghulam Rasool | Textile Technician, Craftsman
Imran Ahmed | Sculpture, 3-D Studios
Mohammad Farooq Mushtaq | Studio Attendant
Mubashir Salman | Incharge Foundation Lab
Munir Gill | Studio Attendant
Najam Ahmad | Jewelry Studio Attendant
Rafiq Maseh | VCD Studio Attendant
Syed Basit Hussain | Studio Attendant
Tariq Khalil | Jewelry Studio Technical Assistant
Zeeshan Iqbal | Computer Lab Assistant
Rana Faisal | Lab Attendant