Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture

Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture

We're one of the leading institutions for art, architecture and design education in Pakistan.

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09/01/2024

Team Wakhri is coming to IVS!

Filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal alongside actress Faryal Mehmood and producer Abid Aziz Merhcant are coming to IVS to talk to students about Wakhri. The talk will be led by LA Faculty Shalalae Jamil who is teaching the course Women in Film: New Iranian Cinema and the Gendered Wave.

Wakhri is the latest release of Pakistani-American filmmaker and activist Iram Parveen Bilal. She’s also the co-founder of Qalambaaz, Pakistan’s first scriptwriting fellowship program that provides young filmmakers the opportunity to work with professional mentors from international platforms. Iram is known for writing thought-provoking films with the intention of making a lasting social impact — her film Wakhri is no different! Premiering this year at the Red Sea Film Festival in Saudi Arabia, Wakhri has received rave reviews for its bold take on human struggles and societal taboos.

Making her film debut as the leading lady, Faryal Mehmood, has been lauded by critics for her daring portrayal of Noor as a fearless widow, mother and school teacher fighting against all odds.

Wakhri is co-produced by Abid Aziz Merchant, founder of the Sanat Initiative. He’s produced films like I’ll Meet You There (also written and directed by Iram Parveen Bilal), and other short films that have featured in SXSW, Locarno, Sundance and Venice film festivals.

The team will be at IVS at 1PM on Wednesday 10th January at the Chroma Room. We hope to see you all there!

Photos from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture's post 06/01/2024

We are thrilled to announce that the Agha Hasan Abedi Computer Lab at IVS has gotten a complete upgrade thanks to a generous donation from the Infaq Foundation.

When students come in at the start of the new Spring 2024 semester, they will find the lab equipped with 43 brand-new, state-of-the-art PCs available to them in the teaching and end-user labs.

An inauguration ceremony was held to commemorate the occasion, with members of the IVS and Infaq Foundation management and Boards present. We are deeply grateful to Infaq for their continuing support of our quest for excellence in our educational mission.

Photos from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture's post 04/01/2024

Welcome to the Class of 2027!

Here's a glimpse of this year's Orientation.

03/01/2024

Class of 2027, we can't wait to meet you tomorrow at the Orientation!

Thought you can use some advice from last year's Foundies.

Hope you're as excited as we are for your first year at IVS!

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Photos from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture's post 29/12/2023

More photos from Alumni Qawwali Night!

Photos by Vision.ivs

23/12/2023

Alumni Qawwali Night is happening tonight. If you haven't gotten your tickets, they will be available at the gate.

See you tonight!

Photos from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture's post 22/12/2023

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22/12/2023

Alumni Qawwali Night with the Saami Brothers is happening tomorrow, 23rd December!

Doors open 7PM
Dinner will be served at 8PM
Qawwali starts at 8:45PM

Get your tickets now if you haven't already.

Ticket prices for alumni/faculty/staff: Rs.4000
Ticket prices for guests of alumni/faculty/staff: Rs 5000

If you're not an alumni/faculty or staff member, you simply have to mention the name of an IVS alum, faculty or staff member to purchase a guest ticket.

22/12/2023

We're happy to announce State Life Insurance Pakistan () as a sponsor for Alumni Qawwali Night.

We are grateful for their contribution.

21/12/2023

We're happy to announce NEO by Kaizen () as a sponsor for Alumni Qawwali Night.

We are grateful for their contribution.

19/12/2023

We’re delighted to announce as our official Event Partner for the upcoming Alumni Qawwali Night. The Circus Events is owned and run by our alumna Mashaell Akhter Noman who has established herself as one of the city’s most sought-after event designers.

Mashaell was integral in making our previous Alumni Reunion an unforgettable night for everyone who attended. We’re so excited for you to see what she’s planned this time.

If you haven’t gotten your tickets already, do so now! Head to the link in bio for ticket information.

18/12/2023

We're all set for Alumni Qawwali Night!

Join us for a special evening of food, music, and fun with friends and family.

Tickets are going fast, gets yours now if you haven't already!

Tickets can be purchased at the IVS Reception from 9AM-4:30PM or online via bank transfer. Go to the link in bio for information.

Event Partner: The Circus Events

16/12/2023

Alumni Qawwali Night is right around the corner! Have you bought your tickets yet?

Join us at the IVS Garden for an evening with friends, delicious food and melodious qawwali by the Saami Brothers.

You can buy tickets at the IVS Reception or purchase them online.

Tickets for IVS Alumni (UG and GP), Faculty, Staff and Students: Rs. 4,000/- each
Tickets for Guests of Alumni, Faculty and Staff: Rs. 5,000/- each

THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO BUY TICKETS. Read below or go to link in bio to copy bank details.

OPTION 1:
Buy tickets in person at the IVS campus
Tickets are available at the IVS Reception, 9am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday. Make payment by cash or credit card and collect your tickets. You'll need to give your name and year of graduation if you're an IVS alum, or information about the IVS alum whose guest you are.

OPTION 2:
Buy tickets online

1. Calculate the total amount and make an online transfer to the following bank account:

Bank Name: HBL
Account Title: Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture
Bank Account Number: 24857900102901
Branch Name: Bilawal Chowrangi Branch, Karachi (2485)
IBAN: PK17 HABB 0024857900102901
Swift Code: HABBPKKA

2. Email the payment receipt to [email protected] and specify how many alumni and guest tickets you are getting. Make sure to include your name and year of graduation if you're an IVS alum, or information about the IVS alum whose guest you are.

3. Your ticket(s) and serial number(s) will be emailed to you.

12/12/2023

We are so grateful that accepted our invitation to be a keynote speaker at our 30th Convocation.

Thank you for delivering such a heartfelt speech, for sharing all the highs and lows of your life, for reminding us there's beauty in vulnerability, and lastly for being so courageous to bare your soul like this and inspiring us to be the same.

12/12/2023

Remember all the fun you had at the Alumni Reunion earlier this year? Let's do it again!

Tickets for Alumni Qawwali Night with the Saami Brothers are available on campus and online!

Dates and time: 23rd December at 7pm-11pm

Tickets for IVS Alumni (UG and GP), Faculty, Staff and Students: Rs. 4,000/- each
Tickets for Guests of Alumni, Faculty and Staff: Rs. 5,000/- each

THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO BUY TICKETS. Read below or go to the link in bio to copy bank details.

OPTION 1:
Buy tickets in person at the IVS campus
Tickets are available at the IVS Reception, 9am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday. Make payment by cash or credit card and collect your tickets. You'll need to give your name and year of graduation if you're an IVS alum, or information about the IVS alum whose guest you are.

OPTION 2:
Buy tickets online

1. Calculate the total amount and make an online transfer to the following bank account:

Bank Name: HBL
Account Title: Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture
Bank Account Number: 24857900102901
Branch Name: Bilawal Chowrangi Branch, Karachi (2485)
IBAN: PK17 HABB 0024857900102901
Swift Code: HABBPKKA

2. Email the payment receipt to [email protected] and specify how many alumni and guest tickets you are getting. Make sure to include your name and year of graduation if you're an IVS alum, or information about the IVS alum whose guest you are.

3. Your ticket(s) and serial number(s) will be emailed to you.

Photos from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture's post 11/12/2023

We want to congratulate Yusra Tanveer from the Dept. of Textile Design for winning the first Ruby Ghuznavi Award for outstanding research in sustainable textile design practice!

We also want to thank Mrs Noorjehan Bilgrami, Koel Gallery and the Ghuznavi family for allowing us to honor Ruby Ghuznavi’s legacy through the award. Ruby revived the art of of natural dyes in Bangladesh, and set up Aranya Crafts in Dhaka to test the market for naturally dyed cloth. Over the years Aranya introduced 30 basic colourfast dyes that can be mixed to produce a range of colours. Her dyes were incorporated into block prints and other craft techniques to create beautiful fabrics.
Ruby worked tirelessly to showcase Bangladeshi crafts on the global platform, which is why Yusra made the perfect recipient of the first Ruby Ghuznavi Award.

“Unfortunately, carpet knotting has become a dying craft in Pakistan due to various reasons - such as the lack of income provided to the artisans, the use of machine-made carpets, the quality of materials available in the country, and the unwillingness of the younger generation to learn the skill. Most of the workshops have shut down due to financial concerns and the artisans have either abandoned this craft or have passed on. In this project, I attempt to fully understand the skill and all its various stages of processes in order to intervene with the technique in terms of the imagery, colour palettes and materials. Working with artisans helped motivate them to stay with this craft as the craft relies deeply on the artisans who hold in their hands the skill. My knowledge of weaving helped me incorporate experimental techniques along with carpet knotting.” – Yusra Tanveer

We are so proud of you Yusra and are excited for what the future holds!

Photos from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture's post 09/12/2023

Congratulations to the Class of 2023! We look forward to what you'll do next.

A big thank you to Mrs. Noorjehan Bilgrami and Bilal Maqsood for delivering the keynote speeches this year and making our 30th Convocation one that we won't forget!

04/12/2023

We're holding open cinema style film screenings to celebrate the amazing films made by our Communication Design, media design majors.

The screenings will happen over two night; 5 films will screen each evening.

Join us to celebrate these young filmmakers!

Posters designed by .studio

Photos from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture's post 04/12/2023

We're holding open cinema style film screenings to celebrate the amazing films made by our Communication Design, media design majors.

Since we have longer films this time around, we will be holding screenings over two nights, the 6th and 7th of December.

Because we had a big audience last year, we will be screening the films at the IVS Garden stage area. We hope to see you all there to support our filmmakers!

Posters designed by .studio

04/12/2023

You’re invited to the Alumni Qawwali Night with the Saami Brothers on the 23rd December at 7pm-11pm
TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE

Tickets for Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Students: Rs. 4,000/- each
Tickets for Guests of Alumni, Faculty and Staff: Rs. 5,000/- each

THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO BUY TICKETS. Read below or go to link in bio to copy bank details.

OPTION 1:
Buy tickets in person at the IVS campus
Tickets are available at the IVS Reception, 9am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday. Make payment by cash or credit card and collect your tickets. You'll need to give your name and year of graduation if you're an IVS alum, or information about the IVS alum whose guest you are.

OPTION 2:
Buy tickets online

1. Calculate the total amount and make an online transfer to the following bank account:

Bank Name: HBL
Account Title: Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture
Bank Account Number: 24857900102901
Branch Name: Bilawal Chowrangi Branch, Karachi (2485)
IBAN: PK17 HABB 0024857900102901
Swift Code: HABBPKKA

2. Email the payment receipt to [email protected] and specify how many alumni and guest tickets you are getting. Make sure to include your name and year of graduation if you're an IVS alum, or information about the IVS alum whose guest you are.

3. Your ticket(s) and serial number(s) will be emailed to you.

Photos from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture's post 03/12/2023

Here's the schedule for thesis films screenings at the Degree Show.

This year 10 films made my Media Design majors from the Department of Communication Design will be showcased every day of the Degree Show.

These short films cover a range of topics and genres. You don't want to miss any of them!

We will also be holding special evening screenings next week. Details coming soon.

Posters designed by: .studio

28/11/2023

The Graduate Programme is pleased to announce the next talk for this semester's lecture series entitled "Other Spaces" by Raza Ali Dada.

Date: Thursday, November 30th, 2023
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Graduate Studio, IVS

"We seem to have found ourselves in an altered default position, one where traditional design knowledge must be paired with new paradigms to reconnect socio-political concepts to our environment and spaces - urban or otherwise - to overcome the glaring disconnect from our cities. Through our limited scope of work we strive to find value within our own built environment in the context of history, culture, and the arts. Discovering layers of learnings and their essence, one can reconfigure their tools to create the appropriate message for times to come. We have embraced the challenge of creating or identifying opportunities where the public/s must, on their own, discover their relationship with their environment. The current urban state has given us an overbuilt, over-commercialised environment with a skewed value system in the name of real estate. The idea to re-place areas for flexible and creative use in our environment must inspire us to think further about the health of our relationship with space, land, and the environment."

Managing partner at Nayyar Ali Dada & Associates, Raza Ali Dada is interested in urban and ecology related issues. Having education and design experience in New York, he has contributed to landmark buildings in Lahore while engaging with design institutions as a visiting lecturer. He is a board member of the Lahore Conservation Society, and also the co-founder of the Lahore Biennale Foundation. Its "Green schools program" and "Afforestation Lahore" campaign have added over two million trees in Lahore. Raza’s design interests and contributions include Architecture, Interiors and Industrial design as he pursues to set up new collaborative methods of working with artists, designers and research institutes.

We look forward to your participation!

27/11/2023

We’re excited to invite all of you to our 30th Degree Show!

This year, over 160 students from the Department of Architecture, Department of Interior Design, Department of Communication Design, Department of Fine Art, and the Department of Textile Design will exhibit their thesis projects.

The Degree Show is an excellent opportunity for school students, prospective employers and admirers of art to visit the campus, engage with students and see what they do.

Visitors can view thesis exhibits, screen thesis films, interact with students and faculty, and obtain admissions information. THE DEGREE SHOW IS OPEN TO ALL. ENTRY IS FREE.

We hope to see you all there.

Degree Show 2023 Timings:
4th-8th December, 10AM-5PM
9th December, 2PM-5PM

Degree Show Invite designed by: .studio





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25/11/2023

To commemorate 30 Years of IVS Graduates, we are inviting all our alumni back on campus for a night of Qawwali. If you graduated from an undergraduate or graduate programme at IVS between 1994 and 2023, this one's for you.This time friends and family are also invited!

TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE FROM NEXT WEEK. There will be an option to purchase online and in-person.

This is the first in a series of events to mark the milestone of 30 years and to honour our alumni.

Photos from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture's post 23/11/2023

PROJECT AWESOME

This is the final project for students of the Dept. of Architecture's second year studio which focuses on "Building and Construction". Students were asked to design and make an element which offers utility at their home or work place.

The project took them through the process of dreaming, sketching, drawing, drafting, making and finally finishing their work. The project offered opportunities to connect design thinking with technical exploration.

The end result offered solutions as diverse as games and lamps, to cabinetry and retractable drafting boards.

23/11/2023

The Graduate Programme is pleased to announce the next talk for this semester's lecture series entitled "The Lightness of Mass" by Seher Shah.

Date: Friday, November 24th, 2023
Time: 1730 PKT I 1230 GMT
Location: Zoom

Please send an email to [email protected] to register with the Zoom link.

"The Lightness of Mass" will share Seher Shah’s practice working across drawing, printmaking, sculpture and writing. Her work explores the poetics of how we perceive the landscape around us; through the historical and intimate, and in between the architectural, political, and personal. The work will explore the abstraction of space through states of absence, fragility, and fragmentation. Her studies into absence explore architectural perspective traditions, fragile histories of objects and their erasure, alongside marks that retain the traces of time through real and imagined spaces.

Shah received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998. Her works can be found in collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; and the Art Jameel Collection, Dubai amongst others.

We look forward to your participation!

22/11/2023

IVS CEP in collaboration with Sabeen Mahmud Foundation is holding a session on Contemporary Challenges in Parenting with Natasha Jafri (Counsellor, child protection, social worker and teacher). This session will focus on parenting for mental health in today's fast-paced and technologically focused society. It is open to the public. Outsiders are required to present a photo ID at the gate.

Date: 23rd November 2023
Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Location: Lecture Hall 4, IVS Campus

21/11/2023

We want to congratulate Maha Sheikh for winning the Kausar Bashir Award by the IAP Board of Architecture Education. The Jury for the IAP Kausar Bashir Ahmad Award (11th Cycle) was held on the 15th of November. Thirty entries were reviewed and assessed by the jury comprising Ar. Zulfiqar Ali (President IAP), Ar. Umar Saeed (Chairman BAE-IAP), Ar. Mansoor Ahmad (Nominee IAP), Ar. Khadija Jamal Shaban (Nominee KBA CARE) and Ar. Shabnam Nigar (Nominee KBA CARE).

Maha graduated from the IVS Dept. of Architecture in 2022. Her thesis topic was ‘An Abode of Safety for the Maalha and Maathi Riverbed Communities’.

We’re very proud of her!

Photos from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture's post 18/11/2023

It's our 30th Convocation and we're going all out to make it extra special!

This time we have not one, but TWO keynote speakers, both of whom are icons of the IVS Family.

To commemorate the occasion we decided to invite one of the Founders who envisioned and helped make IVS a reality, along with a graduate from the very first batch who took a chance and enrolled in the brand new art school in the early 90s. 

Class of 2023, your keynote speakers are Noorjehan Bilgrami and one our most celebrated alumni, Bilal Maqsood!

We can't wait to see you all on the 9th of December!

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