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.
This multi-functional sports building forms the northernmost point of the university campus. It takes inspiration from Lahore’s old walled city in its form and construction, with an octagonal main hall surrounded by sixteen alternately double and single height wings. This gives the relatively simple plan form a rich complexity, continuing the tradition of reflecting Lahore’s creative history through architectural expression. The concrete frame structure is in-filled with exposed brickwork and steel trusses support the profiled metal roof deck. The main hall is suitable for conferences as well as sports and the smaller wings accommodate gyms, squash courts and support facilities.