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London architect sets off on Pakistan mission

A London-based architect has set off on a trip with the aim of easing the problems currently besetting the region of Pakistan hit by an earthquake earlier this year.

The new charity Architects for Aid, together with the Pakistan Society, has announced its support for the mission undertaken by Azhar, founding partner of Azhar Architecture.

The British-trained practitioner aims to provide expertise and advice for self-build permanent housing solutions for the earthquake-affected areas of the North-West Frontier Province.

'Since the disaster of 8 October, I have been in regular contact with fellow architects and engineers in Pakistan, providing professional support,' he said.

'We have created a small group of professionals responding to questions and emerging situations and issues from Pakistan.

'The time is now right to develop this direct contact more, by going there to understand the issues on the ground, and this winter period will be an opportunity to plan for the reconstruction strategy, in spring.

'The belief that this a great opportunity for Pakistan to grasp its responsibility to energy and resources efficiency, and make a leap into creating models for future aspirations, does drive me on,' Azhar added.

Azhar is in Pakistan until 2 Janaury and can be contacted on +92 302 4011459 or by emailing> azhar@azhararchitecture.com

by Ed Dorrell

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