ISLAMABAD: The Institute of Architects Pakistan (IAP) Rawalpindi-Islamabad Chapter held an opening ceremony of IAPEX 2019 – building material and products exhibition at Tulip Marquee here on March 15, 2019.
Scheduled from March 15 to 17, this three-day mega event was based on the theme Jashn-e-Mimaar that aimed at celebrating the extensive roles architects play in shaping their built environment through a series of interactivities comprising of an expo, forum, architect’s portfolio exhibitions, design competition and photography exhibition.
Moreover, it tried to channel ways in increasing collaboration between key stakeholders of building industry such as architecture students, practising architects, academic researchers, real-estate developers, government officials and the general public.
The function was inaugurated with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony by chief guest Naeemul Haq, Adviser to the Prime Minister.
More than 35 leading brands of the building industry had displayed their materials and products, such as Brighto Paints who were the main sponsors of the event. New product displays by ZRK, who was the expo sponsor and co-sponsors like Kale, Master Tiles and Master Offisys were also exhibited. Apart from this, the exhibition also showcased works of more than 15 architecture firms of Islamabad and Rawalpindi to appreciate the efforts of both young and experienced architects and to provide an insight into the evolving architecture trends in Pakistan.
In continuation of today’s event, tomorrow there will be an exciting forum where both local and international academics and practitioners will share a dialogue to create synergies between academia and building industry. Notable International keynote speakers and recipients of various architectural awards will be speaking at the event.
Moreover, as the event will proceed, highly informative papers will be shared by renowned local architects, shedding light onto the future of architecture in Pakistan. In order to broaden the discussion, the forum will be open to the general public and would encourage their take on the subject.