About Us

Marvi Mazhar & Associates is an independent architecture and design studio, nestled under the shade of a Pisonia tree in Karachi, Pakistan. The studio is guided by the principles of regional architecture and specialises in restoring historic buildings, managing conservation assessment studies, and conducting social research and documentation.



Marvi Mazhar (Founder and Principal Architect)
Marvi Mazhar graduated from the Indus Valley School of Architecture (IVSAA) in 2009 and joined architect Yasmeen Lari's Heritage Foundation. After completing her masters from the University of Turin, Italy, in 2013 she established her own architecture and design studio, Marvi Mazhar & Associates.

Marvi Mazhar served as Director at PeaceNiche (T2F), and is the co-founder of (ADRL) The Architectural Design Research Lab, housed within, and affiliated with, the Department of Architecture at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture- a research laboratory devoted to projects within the fields of architecture and urban design. In 2016, Mazhar founded Pakistan Chowk Community Centre and was the Project Manager of National History Museum (Lahore, Pakistan), conceptualized by The Citizens Archive of Pakistan.

As an independent Heritage Consultant, she has collaborated on projects with Endowment Fund Trust for Preservation of Sindh, Arcop, NBCL, Shahab Ghani & Associates, Pursukoon Society, Planning, Development and Works Sindh / Culture, Tourism & Antiquities Department (PDMI).

  • 2016 Secretary to South Asia Foundation (SAF-Pakistan)

  • 2017 Outreach Committee Member of Karachi Biennale

  • 2018 elected as Treasurer for ICOMOS-PK

  • 2018 appointed as adviser to the Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, and National History & Literary Heritage Division, Islamabad, PK.

  • 2018 appointed as adviser to International Public Art Festival (IPAF), IAMKHI, Karachi, PK

  • 2019 appointed as member (Sub Committee) of Sindh Culture Tourism and Antiquities Department.

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Touseef Memon (Architect - Field Manager)
Bachelors in Architecture, 2012, from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro. Currently involved in collecting field data from various parts of Sindh. His past experience includes working with Heritage Foundation for 15 months in which he managed field research, and data recording of Makli, Thatta. He has also worked as a Field Surveyor in a collaborative program between Sindh Culture and Antiquity Department and AACHEN University, Germany.    






Mah e Neema Rao (Senior Architect)
Bachelors in Architecture, from Dawood University of Engineering and Technology in February 2017, Mah e Neema's thesis addressed the issues faced by homeless children in the streets of Karachi. Her research and design particularly focused on creating a center catering to the reintegration and rehabilitation of homeless children, focusing on their re-entry into the society.


Mariam Hanif (Project Architect)
Marium Hanif graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Pakistan in 2017. Marium strongly believes that good design should be informed by environmental conditions and programmatic needs, which is reflective in her thesis design which advocates rethinking public educational buildings to stimulate human imagination towards scientific and artistic ends.  






Arisa Samani (Junior Architect)
Arisa Samani, received a bachelor's degree in Architecture from NED University in November 2017. Her futuristic approach towards design is evident from her thesis "Re-thinking Apartment Design for Healthier Living". She analyzed and incorporated the idea of healthy living in form of middle income residential complex using demonstration effect i.e. inspiring people to healthy living.


Mohammed Mithai (Intern Architect)
Mohammed Mithai graduated in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Interior Design from Indus University, Karachi. Mohammed strongly believes that a good designer should relate the connection of spaces in design which is reflected in his thesis "Relaxation Spaces".

Past Employees

  • Arch. Ali Raza - 2016-2018

  • Arch. Yumna Javed - 2015-2016

  • Arch. Huzefah Haroon - 2015

  • Arch. Abdul Malik - 2012-2014

  • Arch. Tahir Baloch - 2014-2015

  • Arch. Ishaque Shar- 2013-2015