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.
Located in the old, established residential suburb of Pechs, this former private residence has been remodelled to serve as a restaurant. The residence was converted as a result of a governmental decision, in 1967, to create "Hill Park" on this the highest hilltop of Karachi. The site offers panoramic views over the city of Karachi.
The conversion utilises the original frame structure of the three-bedroom house, and an extension accomodates an indoor dining room, snack bar, kitchen, stores, toilets, and an outdoor eating area. A canopy frame, in the form of a concrete grid, covers the outdoor eating terrace. The frame is cantilevered from four central columns. Each grid module is covered with a timber-slatted pyramid that creates slowly changing shadow patterns during the day and allows hot air to escape at night. Decorative elements in the interior include murals made of discarded wooden blocks used in traditional cloth printing.