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Geometry & Design: Practicing Tradition in Contemporary Settings

with Taimoor Khan Mumtaz

Two Month Introductory Design Studio Program for Architecture, Interior Design & Fine Arts Students & Professionals

Course is scheduled to begin Friday, 16 March 2018; 
Application Deadline is Friday, 9 March 2018


Many of us are aware of the alienating and superficial environments we increasingly inhabit, and consciously or sub-consciously wonder why we cannot create more harmonious buildings, spaces and interiors. 


The reasons for this in our view are:

Firstly, that we have become desensitized to the principles of design which used to govern our ambiance from carpets, to utensils, to dress,  architecture, woodwork.

Secondly, that we have a tendency to uncritically accept foreign and alien forms which has its roots in a colonized mentality. 

And lastly, that our architectural and design education leaves out the relationship of design to its historical, social, material, climatic and lastly communicative contexts. This results in creating cardboard architecture whose only aim is the pursuit of imagery while ignoring all the contexts which produces art & architecture of substance. 

So there is a need to not only reconnect with the knowledge, philosophy and aesthetic principles which produced and can still produce meaningful, appropriate and harmonious environments in the contemporary context but also to inculcate a more integrated design approach.

The Two-Month Introductory Design Studio Program is designed to familiarize students with the principles, philosophy, and methods of traditional design through the medium of a live project.  The program aims to achieve this by introducing the participant to the following:

(1) Geometry as a Design Tool; as Pattern, as Tool for Form-Making and as a Tool for achieving Harmony & Proportion.

(2) Philosophy and Principles of Traditional Islamic Art and Design.

(3) Connection of Design to the Fabrication process.

The program will be conducted in Urdu/English, and will take place in Lahore.

Course Summary:


  • Geometry as Pattern


  • Vocabulary – the Arch


  • Design Studio – A project for designing elements for the Hast-o-Neest premises. This could include the design & fabrication of lattice jalis, relief carving  and related architectural elements.

Course Teachers:

Taimoor Khan Mumtaz Senior architect at KKM Architects holds an MA in South Asian Design & Architecture from De Montfort University, Leicester, UK (1999). Title of his MA Dissertation: ‘The Use and Significance of Geometry in Islamic Architecture.’ He received his Bachelor of Architecture from National College of Arts, Lahore in 1994. 

Taimoor Khan Mumtaz is also the founding director of Hast-o-Neest – Institute of Traditional Studies & Arts in Lahore. He has conducted numerous lectures and workshops on traditional architectural design at various universities across Pakistan, and abroad.

Danish Bashir A philosophy graduate from FC College Lahore, currently pursuing a career in journalism with a leading Pakistani newspaper, Danish has studied geometry in design at Hastoneest under Waleed Zaman and Taimoor Khan Mumtaz.



(1) To develop a deeper relationship with the traditional Islamic principles of design.  

(2) To learn geometric methods as well as vocabulary of forms in traditional design.

(3) Experiencing a design process which integrates material, design and fabrication.


Format: Studio/Lectures/Seminars, projects and site visits.


The program duration is two months. The class timings are 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursdays (changed from previously written Fridays) and Saturdays (Select Sundays for site visits). Course material will be provided, and students will work in a group for specified projects.




Academic Qualification: Architecture, Art, Design, Interior Design Students & Professionals

Language: Urdu, English.

Selection Interview of Interested Applicants will be held.

Fee Structure:  PKR 6000/Month.


How to Apply:  Interested applicants should send in their names, cell number and email address to hast.o.neest@gmail.com with a statement of intent explaining the reason for joining the programme. Select candidates will be called for an interview for final selection.


Queries can be forwarded on hast.o.neest@gmail.com/0300 8493170