Masood Khan is an architect trained in Pakistan and in the United States who has worked for nearly two decades in the conservation of cultural heritage. He was responsible in 1986-1988 for the World Bank sponsored study for the conservation of the Walled Study of Lahore, in Pakistan, and since 1993 has been a senior consultant for the Historic Cities Support Programme of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. In this capacity, he has been responsible for technical support in community development and cultural support programmes, and for the conservation of a series of monuments, including Shigar Fort and the Ganish Village Conservation Project. Masood Khan has also been active in architectural education and has taught at the National College of Arts in Lahore, at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard and MIT (Cambridge, Mass.), and, as a Fulbright Professor, at the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore.
Khan, Masood. "The Walled City of Lahore". In Heritage of the Mughal World, edited by Philip Jodidio, 223-228. Munich: Prestel, 2015.
The origins of Lahore are shrouded in the mists of time and legend. Tradition has it that Lahore was settled by Loh, Ramchandar’s older son. The city first appears in historical records in the second century AD" under a name associated with its mythological origins. It is mentioned in the seventh century by the Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang, in the ninth century by al-Baladhuri, in a tenth-century Arabic manuscript by an unknown Central Asian author, and in the eleventh century in the Kitab al-Hind by Abdur Rahman al-Biruni. Lahore was occupied by the Ghaznavids in the early eleventh century after their long conflict with the Hindu Shahi dynasty came to an end in 1002.
From The Walled City of Lahore in Heritage of the Mughal World (Philip Jodidio, editor)