Founder & Creative Head
A traveler by choice, a storyteller by default, Marvi Mazhar graduated from the Indus Valley School of Architecture (IVSAA) in 2009 and joined architect Yasmeen Lari's Heritage Foundation. After completing her masters from the University of Turin, Italy, she established her own architecture and design studio, Marvi Mazhar & Associates. Drawing upon methods of visual ethnography, Mazhar has been actively involved with private stakeholders and the government, in the pursuit of conservation and documentation of the Karachi Cantonment Railway Station, the intangible heritage of Thatta and documentation initiative by the name of Historical Bungalow Research (HBR).
In 2014, in affiliation with The Department of Architecture at the IVSAA, Mazhar co-founded The Architectural Design Research Lab (ADRL), a research laboratory devoted to projects within the fields of architecture and urban design. She has served as Director of PeaceNiche, a not-for-profit organization that promotes democratic and conflict resolution through intellectual and cultural engagement. PeaceNiche flagship project, T2F, works in the areas of Arts,
& Culture, Science & Technology, and Advocacy.
In 2016, Mazhar became an appointed member of the Lahore Conservation Society, Karachi Biennale (Outreach Committee) and South Asia Foundation (SAF-Pakistan). Her recent research on Funerary Architecture in Arore and documentation typology of ceramic tiles in different districts supported by the Endowment Fund Trust Preservation (EFT) completed for publication. As an independent Heritage Consultant, she has collaborated on projects with Arcop, Shahab Ghani & Associates, EFT, Pursukoon Society, Planning, Development and Works Sindh / Culture, Tourism & Antiquities Department (PDMI).
Vishal is a current high school student who is working with PCCC as an on-site coordinator. He is responsible for managing the community centre space & also helps out with management of programs at the chowk.
- Azeemah Owais (Architect Researcher-Project Lead Heritage Walk Karachi / Spoken History)
- Shaheen Nauman (Field Researcher / Guide to HWK)
- Sabahat Aziz (Cultural Manager) 2017-2018
- Saad Rabbani (Cultural Manager) 2018
- Khushbakht Memon (Cultural Representative) 2018