Habib Fida Ali established the practice in 1965 as a sole proprietor. Prior to this he worked for William Perry following his graduation from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, UK.Born in 1936, Habib Fida Ali is a Pakistani national. He holds membership to Association of Royal Institute of British Architects (ARIBA) and Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners (PCATP) He travels extensively and has taught in Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and NED University. His work was recognized by Institute of Architects Pakistan (IAP) who honored him with the lifetime achievement award. His involvement in project extends from strategic planning, through concept design and construction administration.
The complex seeks to provide a permanent home for 150 children, orphans whose ages range from the newly born to the teens. The objectives of the SOS Village International organization are based on the concept of an "extended family" integrated into the local environment, both physically and culturally; the project was required to reflect these ideas.
A private, Austrian, social-welfare organisation, SOS Children's Villages provide permanent homes for orphan children worldwide. Each village consists of 15 to 20 families: a group of 6 to 8 boys and girls are raised as brothers and sisters in a home of their own. The head of each family is an SOS mother; each village is supervised by an SOS director.
The village consists of 25 single-storey buildings: 15 family houses the director's residence, a guest house, multi-purpose hall, an administration building, and five staff houses and workshop. Three groups of 5 family houses are clustered around central yards The houses are inspired by rural Bangladeshi forms, determined principally by climatic factors. Sloping roofs are projected for rain and sun protection, and the plan organisation and fenestration scheme provide cross-ventilation.