Yasmeen Lari named 2023 RIBA Gold Medal recipient

Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari has been awarded the 2023 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Gold Medal. The medal annually recognizes an architect or firm’s achievement, and though given by RIBA, the recipient need not be British. Recent awardees include Balkrishna Doshi (2022), David Adjaye (2021), and Grafton Architects (2020).

Lari was born in Pakistan, moved to London as a teenager, and graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in architecture in 1964. She then moved back to Pakistan, setting up her firm Lari Associates, before retiring in 2000 (though she continues to work). 

Angoori Bagh Social Housing, one of Lari’s earlier projects,

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