Lahore - The Cultural Heart of Pakistan

  • January 31, 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom virtual meeting

Shermeen Beg

Shermeen Beg completed her undergraduate degree in architecture from the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan and her graduate degree in architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has practiced architecture in the United States, Pakistan and Italy. Prior to moving to Canada Shermeen was an Assistant Professor at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture and taught design studio and theories of architecture courses to undergraduate and graduate students. 

For the past 5 years, Shermeen has been a regular instructor at the LIFE Institute at Ryerson University and has been a guest speaker at the Vaughan Library, Rotary Club, Elspeth Heyworth Centre and Aga Khan Museum amongst others. 

 Shermeen likes to describe herself as a storyteller, combining her passion for architecture, history and travel in each of her talks.

Lahore - The Cultural Heart of Pakistan

The city of Lahore is nestled in the Punjab, the land of the 5 rivers, in present day Pakistan. Named after the Hindu god Lava, it has been home to the Mughals, the Sikhs, and ultimately became a British province.  

We will begin our journey with an introduction to the Mughals and the construction of the Lahore Fort under Emperor Akbar. By 1707, with the Mughals significantly weakened, the Sikh army led expeditions against them and ultimately gained control of the city. Following Ranjit Singh's death in 1839 the empire was severely weakened once again due to internal divisions and mismanagement providing an opportune time for the British to establish a Lieutenant Governorship in Lahore.

This illustrated talk will focus on architectural projects from each of these time periods to showcase a city with architecture as diverse as its people. 

This event is part of the Winter 2022 Speaker series. 

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