Maria Aslam is Founder and Chief Editor of the premier magazine ADA- Architecture Design Art from Pakistan; which highlights, promotes and spreads the creativity of Pakistan in the field of architecture, design and art. Ms. Asla, serves as Director and Principal Architect of ARCHWORKS Karachi Pakistan; a design studio involved in small to medium sized projects of private developments all over Pakistan. She is a speaker, juror and critic in a number of architectural platforms; with a passionate agenda of promoting Pakistan and its creativity in a positive stance to the world rooted to vernacular, context and local methodology and crafts. She is a part-time faculty, assessor and adviser to a number of Architectural Institutes in Pakistan and an active member of the Institute of Architects Pakistan, (IAP) Chairperson Karachi Chapter (2007-09).
Aslam, Maria. “Design of Silence" in Architecture Design Art (Issue 50, Volume XII), Maria Aslam, editor. Karachi: Architecture Design Art, 2019, pp. 56-64.
Medical institutes, research laboratories, and hospitals are structures that are unlikely to cross one’s mind as a space to visit for recreation or even as a curiosity. However, there are some significant medical facilities that overpower the landscape with their poignant architecture. The embalming nature of the edifice humanizes the pain, suffering, and the alleviation that resonates within the walls of such structures.
This project is located in the Bamyan Valley in the Hazarajat region of Central Afghanistan. A rugged mountain terrain, that dictates the lives of its inhabitants in severity and stringent access to many life amenities. A landscape where the eye is used to the high mountains and rolling rocky grounds, but the heights reconcile with the energy and spirit of the landscape.