MDSVAD Alumni Achievements
MDSVAD is proud to count in its alumni innovative and dynamic CEOs, artists and designers of local and global significance, visionary curators & authors committed to leading, challenging and pushing boundaries within varied scopes of their personal and professional lives. The progressive and independent vision fostered by their four-year training has led to various success stories. MDSVAD has always encouraged discipline and freedom and propelled students to explore beyond labels and expectations of traditions, professional norms and career pathways.
As a result, each student is visually articulate, conceptually mature and equipped with the ability to effectively consolidate ideas and put them to practical use. The discursive environment that encourages dialogue between diverse perspectives and paradigms encourages our students to collaborate and engage with individuals and entities beyond borders of geography and circumstances. The achievements and accolades of our alumni cannot be encapsulated in a single list. Yet, it is imperative to underscore and highlight the key accomplishments of our students in a succinct manner. Leaders at the forefront in their field, MDSVAD alumni do not just wear BNU on their sleeves, but carry its spirit in their heart & soul.
Affan Baghpati | 2018 MAADS Alumnus
Since graduating, Affan has participated in two solo exhibition “Made, Bought, Used, Consumed, Given Away, Collected, Sold and Bought Again...” at Rohtas 2, Lahore (2019) and “Once Upon A Land” at Canvas (2018). He also exhibited in two international group shows “Art for Education, Contemporary Art from Pakistan organized by Italian Friends of The Citizens Foundation – TCF Onlus, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Milano, Italy, (2018) and Studios 14, Aicon Gallery, New York, United States of America, (2018).
Ahmed Mustafa | 2011 Visual Communication Design Alumnus
After graduating with distinction from VCD, Ahmed while working as the youngest senior art director at an international advertising firm designed the world’s first ‘bill bed’ for a social responsibility campaign. The ‘bill bed’ has since gone on to win many international awards including Cannes 2015 (bronze), Spikes Asia (bronze), CLIO (gold, silver & bronze), PAS Awards, Crysrals, Asia Pacific Tambuli and Dubai Lynx (2 golds). Ahmed is the first ever recipient from Pakistan of the prestigious Grand Prix Award (gold & silver).
Aiza Mehmood | 2010 Jewellery & Accessory Design Alumna
After her undergraduate at SVAD, Aiza graduated from Hochschule Trier, Idar- Oberstein, Germany with an MA in Gems & Jewellery. Her work has been selected to be showcased at Talente (2016) and the Beijing Art Jewellery Biennale (2016). She has taught at SVAD as a visiting lecturer.
Ali Murtaza | 2010 Visual Communication Design Alumnus
Ali Murtaza is a Fulbright alumnus and holds an MFA in Industrial Design from Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), where he received the School of Design’s Outstanding Achievement Award (2015). Ali was managing Makeistan - Pakistan’s first academic maker space – while teaching at Information Technology University (ITU). He has also worked as a design consultant with clients like Dolby Labs, Grid Impact, Coke USA, Audi, the Biomimicry Institute, and Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Lab (IPAL). He is also a Rajeev Circle Fellow (2017), and is now director of the fellowship’s art-tech program.
Amina Rizwan | 2007 Jewellery & Accessory Design Alumna
Amina Rizwan was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for an MFA in Metalsmithing at the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, USA. Since her return, she has taught at BNU as visiting faculty, as well as various other educational institutions. She is also CEO of Amina Rizwan’s Designer Jewellery.
Anam Khurram | 2018 Textile & Fibre Studies Alumna
Anam Khurram Javed’s thesis project was nominated in A’ Design award in the category “Arts, Crafts and Ready- made Designs” and was awarded the Runner up prize in the final results. She was awarded the Gold medal for her performance in Bachelors of Textile and Fibre studies at SVAD, BNU. She has worked with Sapphire as a Textile designer, with Womart as a trainer for artisans and currently works as a freelance designer and Teaching assistant at BNU.
Areeba Malik | 2018 Textile & Fibre Studies Alumna
Areeba has been working at Pakistan’s leading jewellery brands Aliel as Sales Executive and Media Marketing, and is set to showcase her first solo Jewellery exhibition in New York, USA in 2019.
Ayesha Sultana | 2007 Visual Arts Alumna
Dhaka based artist, Ayesha Sultana, was the recipient of the Samdani Art Award (2014). Her recent solo and group exhibitions include ‘A Space Between Things’, Dhaka Art Summit (2016), Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka; ‘welcome to what we took from is the state’, Queens Museum, New York; ‘Immateriality in Residue’, Experimenter, Kolkata; ‘Blue Velvet’, Galleria Valentina Bonomo, Rome, ‘Outside the Field of View’, Experimenter, Kolkata.
She was artist-in-residence at IASPIS, Stockholm (2016), Delfina Foundation, London (2014) Gasworks, London (2013) and Taaza Tareen III, VASL, Karachi (2008). She is currently teaching at Pathshala South Asian Media Institute in Dhaka.
Basir Mahmood | 2010 Visual Arts Alumuns
Basir Mahmood (Visual Arts Dept) went to the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. Later, he was awarded a two years-long Research- Fellowship by the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam.
Since 2011, he has participated in several prestigious artist residencies, biennales, solo and group exhibitions around the world, including the Berlin, Mechelen, Moscow, Yichuan and Sharjah biennales; and, has exhibited widely. Most recently, Cinéma Galeries in Brussels presented the first major survey exhibition of Basir’s work. Basir has delivered talks at reputed institutions, including at the Harvard University and Goldsmiths, University of London. He contributes to
art-centered publications and has curated the Stedelijk Museum Video Club in Amsterdam. Besides being part of various private collections, his works have been acquired by the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane; Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and The Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap) in Pari.
Ehsan-Ul-Haq | 2008 Visual Arts Alumnus, Visiting Faculty
Ehsan UL Haq has shown his works at various national and international venues. His recent solo show was called “1 is older than 2: Logics of a futile action” at Felix Frachon Gallery, Brussels Belgium. He has participated in “Survival kit 2017” Riga, Latvia, “An Age of Our Own Making” Denmark (2016), “Back in 5 minutes”, Martin Van Zomeren, Netherlands, 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial, Russia (2015), “VOID”, Ginkgo Space, Beijing China, Moscow International Biennale For Young Art, Moscow (2012), and ‘The Rising Tide’ at the Mohatta Palace Museum, Pakistan (2010). He has also participated in various art residencies including Rijksakademie (2014- 2015) in Netherlands, Prohelvetia in Switzerland and Vasl international artist residency Karachi Pakistan.
Ghulam Mohammad | 2013 Visual Arts Alumnus, 2017 MAAE Alumnus
Ghulam Mohammad is the winner of one of the most prestigious awards in Islamic Art, the Jameel Art Prize 4 (2016) for his work titled “Gunjaan” (2014). The Jameel Art Prize is a biennial award for contemporary art in Islamic tradition. Ghulam Muhammad is the youngest artist and first Pakistani to receive this award. He was also invited to be on the jury panel for Jameel Art Prize 5. Ghulam Muhammad has been exhibiting his works consistently at national and international platforms. He received the Young Emerging Artist Award at LLF (2015).
Haider Ali Jan | 2008 Visual Arts Alumnus, Visiting Faculty
Haider Ali Jan has taught at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, BNU and Comsats. He has displayed his work at 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2016), Asia Triennial Pacific 8, Queensland Art Gallery (2015), Love, War and Longings, Harvard-Brown Pakistani Film Festival Cambridge (2015), Everything is Embedded in History, Lahore Literary Festival, Alhamra Art Council, Lahore, (2015), 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial, Asian Art Museum, Japan (2014). He has also collaborated with Zain Naqvi to publish their first graphic novel ‘Sparrow at Heart’ (2016).
Hanifa Alizada | 2013 Visual Arts Alumna
Hanifa is an Afghan artist and now member of the faculty of Fine Arts Department at the Kabul University. She was selected from amongst 25 winning South Asian artists to participate in World Bank’s Imagining Our Future Together exhibition, showing her work in Bangladesh, India and the USA. She is a winner of the Redirecting: East artist residency in Warsaw, Poland (2013). In 2014, Hanifa was selected as woman number seven in the series of World Bank exhibitions “Through Eyes of a Woman”. Her work was also shortlisted for the (2016) Sovereign Art Prize.
Haseeb Samee Khan | 2016 Visual Communication Design Alumnus
Haseeb Samee Khan graduated with Distinction on his thesis project. Having fashion editorials published in 30+ magazines, including international Grazia™ magazine, he has also worked as the Creative Director for the first 5 issues of TGIF magazine of The Daily Times group. He started freelance work in the year 2012, established his own design/ photography studio in the year 2014, and is currently operating a private company by the name HSK Communications Pvt. Ltd.
Fahad Hussayn | 2007 Textile & Fibre Studies Alumnus, Visiting Faculty
Fahad is a critically acclaimed fashion extraordinaire & master couturier. He has been nominated by the prestigious Lux Style Awards, in the categories of menswear, bridal & prints. Having dressed countless celebrities for various red carpet events and styled artists for multiple music videos locally & internationally, Fahad’s latest collection “Suraiya Titanic” showcases Pakistan’s first pre-patterned prints. Fahad Hussayn’s designs depict history, art, architecture & diverse cultures all meshed with modern & contemporary sensibilities. Specializing in “ Art Couture”, “Exclusive limited Edition Prints”, “Bespoke Menswear” “Custom Commission Novelty Creations” & “Bridal masterpieces” , Fahad’s signature creations use extensive design research and development. His style is known for its traditional revival hand embroideries, vintage grandeur, outstanding artistry, intricate embellishments & contemporary patchwork techniques in a ballad of epic fusion. Always head on with interesting inspiring themes, his collections range from bold, edgy & dramatic to sophisticated and elegant wear. His creations are repository for the precious memories of the special occasions they represent and the unique history behind them.
Fahad Javed | 2011 Textile & Fibre Studies Alumnus
Fahad Javed founded Northweft Sourcing Pvt Ltd. and NF Design Worx Pvt. Ltd. He is working with renowned global brands such as ZARA man, ZARA woman, Lefties, Polar bear, Tesco, Gap, Old Navy, Gap Outlet, Banana Republic, Gloria Vanderbelt, L.E.I, Jones New York and Espirit to name a few. Fahad has recently opened an office in New York, after the success of his offices in Italy, Spain and UK.
Farhan Shirazi | 2014 Visual Communication Design Alumnus
Farhan’s strong command in User experience Interface Design and work experience with Shopistan.pk as a UI/UX designer strengthened his skills to now become a part of the Core Team of Webworks.pk in a lead position. His portfolio includes working with Pakistan’s top brands like Khaadi, Sana Safinaz, Nishat Linen, Sapphire, Elan, Faraz Manan, Zara Shahjahan, Sefam, Himont and Master group.
Fatima Haider | 2007 Visual Arts Alumna
Fatima Haider received her M.F.A from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Her selected recent exhibitions include ‘Neo Moroism’ (2015) Tokyo Gallery + BTAP Beijing, of Surface (2015), Rohtas 2, White Light - Fatima Haider, Nazafarin Lotfi (2014), Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago. She is the recipient of the Eliza Prize (2011) and the M.F.A
Full Merit Trustees Scholarship, SAIC (2010). She was an Artist-in- Residence at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, (2010-12) and at Harold Washington College (2013). Haider has taught as an Assistant Professor at Rice University, Houston, City University, New York, National College of Arts, Lahore and Beaconhouse National University, Lahore.
Fatima Khalid Waleed | 2007 Visual Arts Alumna
Fatima Khalid Waleed has launched a brand ‘Koi-Home’. She employs state of the art technology blended with tradition to create utilitarian art pieces using precious and semi- precious materials.
Fatima Khan | 2017 Fashion & Fibre Studies Alumnus
Fatima has been working with different brands for styling and her keen interest has turned her into a blogger and an influencer extraordinaire. She has a very successful Youtube channel, which has been running by the name of “Glossips” and has thousands of national and international followers. Recently she had been invited by L’Oréal Dubai to present her work and to conduct a workshop.
Hira Arshad | 2017 Textile & Fibre Studies Alumna
Hira graduated from the textile department and has established her own brand “Coffer” which produces laser-cut jewellery accessories. She recently exhibited at Daachi crafts exhibition.
Iqra Tanveer | 2009 PGD Art Education
Iqra Tanveer has completed her residency at Rijksakademie Van Veeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. Iqra has shown her work extensively nationally and internationally at prestigious forums including the Kochi Biennial.
Karam Mahmood | 2014 Visual Communication Design Alumnus
After his graduation from SVAD, Karam Mahmood moved to Vancouver, Canada where he completed his Post Graduate studies from Vancouver Film School as a UI/ UX Designer in 2016. His love for design and the world of gaming got him hired at the Canadian HQ for EA Sports, a leading global and interactive entertainment game company with over $5.15 Billion net revenue each year. He joined as an Interface Designer for FIFA Mobile in 2016. Karam’s success got him promoted to work on their flagship game FIFA19 in 2018 for their FIFA
Ultimate Team. He has met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and presented his designs to Trevor Noah from the Daily Show on their visit to the Canadian HQ EA Sports.
Kubra Khadimi | 2013 Visual Arts Alumna
Kubra Khadimi, a SAARC student of Afghan origin, was awarded ‘Knight of The Order of Arts and Letters’ by the Ministry of Culture in France. She has received notable critical acclaim for her performances and has had solo and group shows in museums in Europe and the US, the most recent being “The Arrivadrifte” in Visions d’Exile festival in Musuem of History of Immigration, Paris, France.
Komal Tariq | 2014 Visual Communication Design Alumna
Komal has an MA in Design Strategy and Innovation from Brunel University London. Her expertise includes branding, marketing, and design strategy. She currently works at Social Innovation Lab as a Design and Strategy Lead. She has been associated with projects such as curating a Design Thinking workshop for UNDP and curation and marketing of multiple launch events associated with the research study on Pakistan’s startup ecosystem, ‘Beyond The Buzz’. Previously, she has headed the design department of a digital marketing agency and a social enterprise.
Madiha Hassan | 2008 Jewellery & Accessory Design Alumna
Madiha Hassan started her own brand ‘Anabia’ and has held several exhibitions in Lahore. She teaches at BNU as a visiting lecturer and has designed and conducted special courses for Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi.
Mahbub Jokhio | 2014 Visual Arts Alumnus, 2017 MAADS Alumnus
Graduating with Distinction from SVAD, BNU in Visual Arts as a UMISSA scholar, Mahbub Jokhio currently teaches at SVAD. He has worked for BBC Urdu Lahore in 2006, and shown work in a number of local and international venues. He was featured in a group show, Extra- Ordinary, 37 ideas by Rashid Rana, a commissioned project in Karachi Biennale, “Multiple Narratives” at Grosvenor Gallery, London, and “Partition Perspectives” at Crossings Gallery, Harvard University. With his first solo show “In the City of Lost Times” at The Tetley, Leeds, UK in 2018, he was awarded Gasworks Residency at London, IFTCF Emerging Artist award and residency at Villa Poggio Verde, Italy. Mahbub Jokhio was also awarded research fellowship at The Mittal Institute, Harvard University in early 2019.
Mahgul Ana Farooq | 2009 Visual Arts Alumna
Mahgul Rashid (Ana Farooq), is the creative director of MAHGUL, a critically acclaimed fashion brand, having debuted at the prestigious PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week platform in 2013. Prior to establishing her independent design label, Mahgul apprenticed at couturier Nasreen Shaikh’s fashion atelier for 6 years; her own work was first introduced as a diffusion project, ‘Mahgul for Nasreen Shaikh’ in 2013. In 2014 the stand alone MAHGUL brand was established. The brand, despite its youth, has been nominated thrice by Lux Style Awards for achievement in fashion design.
Mahwash Salim Raza | 2009 Jewellery & Accessory Design Alumna
Mahvash graduated from Hochschule Trier, Idar Oberstein, Germany with an MFA in gem and jewellery design (2016) and and completed an MA in Art and Design from Beaconhouse National University (2014). Her work was displayed in the international graduate show in Galerie Marzee (2016), NSAIO6 in Trier Museum (2016) and Design Day in Netherlands (2017).
Mehreen Murtaza | 2008 Visual Arts Alumnus
Mehreen has had a solo show at Manchester Art Gallery (2017-18) and shown extensively internationally. She has received many grants, awards and scholarships such as the 2015 Follow Fluxus Award – After Fluxus 2015; Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Germany, 2013; Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Arts Travel Scholarship; Generator Projects; Hospitalfield House; Arbroath, Scotland & London, UK 2009; Gasworks; The Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust; Rangoonwala Foundation Award, London, UK. Mehreen is a co-founder of Mantiq of the Mantis, an experimental publishing house and creative space based in Lahore.
Misha Zia | 2013 Textile & Fibre Studies Alumna
Misha started the brand ‘Klotho’, which is now being adorned by celebrities across the globe and was recently showcased at the Spanish Embassy in Pakistan. She exhibited at ISPO, Munich, Germany- a leading platform for sport businesses. She hosted the Second Convocation in University of Management and Technology, Sialkot. Misha also works as the Marketing Manager for the Bizplan Challenge, which is community service project for the young entrepreneurs in Pakistan. She is currently working on project with ORIC Chapter one in Sialkot which is associated with the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce, introducing and giving platforms for new brands and creating platforms for young entrepreneurs.
Mohammad Mainul Islam | 2017 Textile & Fibre Studies Alumnus
Mainul is a UMISSA scholar from Bangladesh and secured a distinction for his thesis project in craft revival. He has established his own studio by the name of “Mainul Studio” and is a practicing fibre artist contributing to revival of the durree. He has given talks in Dhaka at Britto Art Space and is currently part of the textile faculty at SVAD. He makes natural dyed hand-woven durrees and is currently working on a durree collection for his upcoming show. His work echoes the textile department’s vision of craft revival and community engagement.
Rabia Ajaz | 2009 Visual Arts Alumna
Rabia Ajaz received the Fulbright Scholarship (2011) & MFA (Painting/ Drawing) with Distinction at Pratt Institute (2013). She has been showing her work regularly upon her return. She has exhibited in Lahore, Karachi, Delhi, Dubai, and New York. Rabia was given an Artist’s Grant to attend a residency at the prestigious Vermont Studio Center in 2017.
Her work has been selected for a ground-breaking show at Milan’s Museo Diocesano in 2018.
Rafia Shafiq | 2014 Textile & Fibre Studies Alumna
Rafia graduated with a distinction on her project on phulkari as part of her effort for craft revival. She has established her own brand by the name of “Dhaga Art” which is a Canadian brand working towards Pakistani phulkari craft revival.
Raju GC | 2007 Visual Arts Alumnus
Raju G.C. received the prestigious Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Scholarship for foreign Artists in 2011 to Pursue an MA in Germany. He was one of nine artists who collectively conceived the public monument for “Ein Denkmal für die erste Homosexuelle Emanzipationsbewegung” and was nominated for the prestigious Respekt Preis, 2015.
Rana Farrukh | 2010 Visual Communication Design Alumnus
Rana Farrukh is a graphic designer and photographer. Rana has worked in the design industry for more
than 8 years now, focusing on identity & branding, print design, photography and web design. He has worked with exclusive brands from Bahrain, UK, Germany and USA and his portfolio includes: branding for UrbanSlice Pizza, Bahrain; website and photography for Mattar Jewellers, Bahrain; identity website for MHMK University, Germany; website for FOODit, UK; branding for NU Sports, New York. His photography work has been published in Cannes Festival, 2017. He is currently living in the Kingdom of Bahrain, working as Senior Communication Designer and Photographer at one of the leading branding agency.
Rehman Younas | 2013 Textile & Fibre Studies Alumnus
Rehman has played an active role in training artisans in collaboration with NGOs like Sungi, Daatchi and Kashf foundation. He worked for GIZ, Pakistan in collaboration with NEVTC and Tevta to develop curriculum for diploma holders which is right now being implemented. He has trained government teachers all over Pakistan, alongside working as the Head of Design in several brands. He is currently heading the pret department of Afsaneh. Rehman is also actively continuing his practice as a Fibre Artist. His recent works have been exhibited at Sanat Gallery and Main Frame in Karachi.
Rida Arif Siddiqui | 2013 Visual Communication Design Alumna
Rida Arif Siddiqui is a cultural heritage professional who began to explore and hone her passion for history and culture while at BNU, focusing on these areas for her major studio projects. Upon graduating, she joined The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, where she led the organization’s operations in Islamabad. She won a scholarship to pursue her Masters in Archaeology and Heritage Management at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Currently, she is a programme specialist at UNESCO’s Pakistan office, working on cultural projects that enhance community engagement in safeguarding Pakistan’s cultural heritage.
Saima Abaidullah | 2011 Textile & Fibre Studies Alumna
Saima graduated with an honours from the textile department and established her own fashion brand by the name of Grandeur by Saima Abaidullah. She has dressed many celebrities in several morning shows and has presented her work on television as well.
Sajana Joshi | 2007 Visual Arts Alumna
After having taught at BNU and at the Centre for Art and Design, Kathmandu University; Sajana Joshi went to Germany to pursue a Master of Arts and completed it in January 2016 from Institut für Kunst im Kontext, Universität der Künste, Berlin. Sajana and eight other artists were collectively nominated as a Group for prestigious Respekt Preis, 2015
for their contribution towards “Ein Denkmal für die erste Homosexuelle Emanzipationsbewegung”. She participated recently in Asia Contemporary Art Exhibition, 2015 at Jeonbuk Museum of Art, South Korea.
Sana Durrani | 2016 MAADS Alumna
Sana recently received Best Young Artist’s Award from the Alhamra Art Center, Lahore Arts Council 2018 and is presently working as Art Conservator & Restorer at Lahore Arts Council. She was also part of the show “Belts and Roads”, Boiling Spring Art Exhibition of Pakistan, Suzhou University Museum, China as well as “I, too, am a part of
this history”, a curatorial project by Lahore Biennale, Fakir Khana Museum, Lahore.
Sameer Khan | 2016 Fashion & Fibre Studies Alumnus
Sameer showcased his debut collection titled “High Street Savages’ in which he took inspiration from various element of fantasy, fiction, glamour, mythology, tragedy and drama. He successfully merged these elements into wearable pieces of art. His immaculate collection used intricate sewing techniques of haute couture, sharp silhouettes with the perfect blend of drapery and softness. He presented a fresh take on high fashion where one could immerse oneself completely in it.
Samra Noori Malik | 2012 Visual Communication Design Alumna
Samra Noori Malik is one of the few women who have carved out prominent places for themselves in the corporate sector at a very young age. She has previously worked as an HOD Advertising at the Nishat Group (Nishat Linen) and is currently heading the marketing department at Outfitters (Ethnic) and has orchestrated many of the brand’s campaigns.
Shehzil Malik | 2010 Visual Communication Design Alumna
Shehzil Malik is a designer and illustrator with a practice based around design for social change. She is a Fulbright scholar with an MFA in Visual Communication Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is also a part of the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) and an Australian Awards Fellow for Human Centred Design.
Her work has been featured in CNN, DW, Paper Magazine and Forbes. She has been a featured speaker at the National Digital Design Conference, TedX and the inaugural UX Pakistan Conference. She previously taught at Beaconhouse National University worked as an art director at Ogilvy & Mather, been part of the Arcade Creative Group at Sony Music in New York City as well served as the art director of a socially conscious startup, Uth Oye! in Lahore.
Tayyab Tariq | 2013 Visual Arts Alumnus
Tariq has made BNU proud through back-to-back international recognition. His project “Human Exelixi” (Human Progress) was selected for X Florence Biennale
2015. He was also listed among Top 50 artists 2014 by Bloom Award.
Umber Majeed | 2013 Visual Arts Alumna
Umber Majeed has shown in venues across Pakistan, North America, and Europe. Recent group exhibitions include; ‘Promises to Keep’, apexart, New York (2017), ‘Witness- Karachi Biennale’, Karachi, Pakistan (2017), and ‘Volumes- Queens International 2018’, Queens Museum, New York (2018). She is a recipient of numerous fellowships including the HWP Fellowship, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon (2017), Refiguring Feminist Futures Web Residency, Akademie Schloss Solitude & ZKM, Germany (2018), and the Digital Earth Fellowship, Hivos, the Netherlands (2018-19). In October 2018, Majeed had her debut solo exhibition, ‘In the Name of Hypersurface of the Present’, Rubber Factory, New York. After her BFA at SVAD, Umber graduated from Parsons the New School for Design, NY in 2016 on the Dean’s honor list.
Unum Babar | 2007 Visual Arts Alumna, Permanent Faculty
Unum Babar has exhibited in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, New Delhi, London, Cairo, Toronto, Boston, UK and South Korea. She was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship from 2011- 2013 and was featured in the Boston Globe as one of the top ten rising graduate art students (2013). She has been selected for residencies including Vasl Taaza Tareen Residency in Karachi (2009), Residency at Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, Italy (2010) and at Many Arts Studios, Glasgow (2017). Commissioned by the Lahore Biennale Foundation and British Council, she collaborated with Matt Kushan and Pidgin Perfect, Glasgow to produce a permanent public art project in the Lawrence Gardens (2016). She is the winner of the Italian Friends of The Citizen Foundation Emerging Artists Competition, 2017, culminating in a residency in Milan in May 2018. She teaches at SVAD where she is Program Head of Foundation Studies.
Waleed Zafar | 2017 Visual Arts Alumnus
Waleed Zafar graduated in 2017 with a gold medal from SVAD. After graduation Waleed has been a part of multiple group exhibitions including A River in an Ocean; a collateral event of Lahore Biennale 01, Surface 01 held at Art Buzz Studies New Delhi and Urban Agglomeraon by MyArtworld. Waleed has been a part of the Designer in Residence program at ITU and held the position of communications manager at The Last Word. Currently Waleed is part of the visiting faculty at SVAD and Roots Ivy International in Lahore.
Waqas Maqsood | 2015 Visual Communication Design Alumnus
Waqas Maqsood is an Illustrator graduated from B.DES Visual Communication Design with honours in 2014. He exhibited Seeds, an illustration series at the ING-Creative Festival Dubai (2016). His illustrations have been selected for Dubai Design Week (2016) collateral design. He is also the winner of the Twitter live young Lynx competition held at the Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity 2017.
Werda Khalid | 2015 Jewellery & Accessory Design Alumna
Werda has set up and been successfully running her own brand ‘Saphigo’. Her latest work was exhibited at X2, Lahore Pakistan displaying a range of contemporary jewellery designs.
Zafaryab Farooq | 2014 Fashion & Fibre Studies Alumnus
Zafaryab Farooq is a core member of the design team at the renowned fashion brand Elan. He conceptualised themes, ensuring artwork and fabrics embroideries. While at Elan he spearheaded Sapphire’s formals; generating the concept of using multihead embroidered fabrics which were embellished to create economical RTW formals and luxury wear.
He initiated and led the team for Sapphire’s first-ever menswear collection. This further paved the way for him to make custom-made, couture menswear under the label of Èlan; single-handedly managing and acting as the main driving force behind generating and designing new artwork and embroideries for each respective collection. 2017 brought with it the grand exposè Champs De Patchouli where he put all his creative genius into creating Elan’s most coveted and most expensive masterpiece bridal yet - the magnificent Naura. He also became the team lead for turning Elan’s Zaha unstitched lawn into Zaha formal wear.
Zeb Bilal | 2012 MAADS Alumna
Zeb Bilal, a graduate of MAADS played a key role in organizing and curating the ‘Inheriting Harappa Exhibit’ at the Lahore Museum. She was part of the core team responsible for the Inheriting Harrapa publication. Zeb an active researcher and teaches at National College of Arts and BNU as visiting faculty. She recently wrote an essay, “Craft and Beyond” for Art Now: Contemporary Art of Pakistan (March 2019). She was also a panelist in a discussion focused on the future of museology in Pakistan with Lahore Museum as a case study, “Curating Lahore’s Ajaib Ghar” at LUMS (April 2019).
Zil E Batool | 2014 MAADS Alumna
Zil was selected as South Asian Contemporary Jewellery Designer in the 52nd Sainte Marie-aux-Mines Minerals & Gems Show (2015). She participated in “The Role of Women in Fighting Poverty” at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France (2015), established a new section of product design in COMSATS University Lahore, and participated in HVH Artist Residency, Hunza, Pakistan (2014). She participated as a member of Curriculum Development Committee (CDC) at TEVTA (2009.) She has exhibited her artworks at galleries in Spain, France and Pakistan. She currently runs her jewellery Brand “Zil Jewellery & Accessory” and teaches at National College of Arts and Beaconhouse National University, Lahore.
Zoya Siddiqui | 2013 Visual Arts Alumnus
Zoya Siddiqui, a Fulbright Scholar, completed her MFA from UPenn in 2018 and is a visual artist currently based in Lahore and Vancouver, working primarily in video, performance and installation. She is represented by Shrine Empire Gallery in New Delhi and has been part of international residencies at the Vasl Artists’ Collective Karachi, Theertha Performance Platform in Colombo, In-Situ UK, Delfina Residency UK, and Triangle Arts Association New York. Her works have been shown internationally on platforms such as the Dhaka Art Summit and India Art Fair. Recent exhibitions include Parentheses in New York, Bild-Build in Philadelphia, The Edge in New Delhi and Slow in New Delhi.