Experiential Architecture essay - Second prize winner | Sidra Khokhar
Sidra Sidra Khokhar
Sidra is an aspiring architect, content writer and an educator who is working towards unravelling the academic potential which the field of Art, Design and Architecture hold in Pakistan. Having a minor in Landscape Architecture, she is passionate about exploring its depths within Architectural Design primarily as literary works of art and as an actual design response as well.
1. Please introduce yourself in a personal and professional way.
My name is Sidra Khokhar and I am an architect, writer and educator by profession. I am currently teaching second year Design Studio and History of Art and Architecture at the School of Art, Design and Architecture, NUST in Islamabad, Pakistan.
2. What is your design philosophy?
My design philosophy is still in a developmental process! I strongly believe that I am on a journey of self-discovery that is reflected in my work and the way I perceive built environment, landscape, and especially literary works about architecture. However, I am deeply fascinated by the potential which Landscape Architecture has with Architectural design and consciously try to embody that in my own design process if ever I get the opportunity to design something.
3. Can you briefly explain your understanding of the topic and the source of ideas?
Experiential architecture for me, as a resident of Pakistan was meant to highlight the cultural heritage that my country brings and how it is being perceived by us today in the 21st century. The sheer monumentality of the structure paired with its materiality and unique location inspired me to pen down its beauty and share it on an international platform.
4. When and how you were first introduced to architecture?
I was first introduced to architecture and what it may possibly entail when I frequently used to visit a local park named the Fatima Jinnah Park next to my house in Islamabad. The manner in which a huge expanse of land incorporated green spaces with built forms inspired me to search for more answers about what architecture really is!
5. What does architecture mean to you?
Architecture for me is a dialogue between space and time. It is a means of invoking a sense of belonging within everyone and their everyday mundane routines. Architecture has the capability to develop a deep sense of identity due to its intangible nature and this is something I wish to further explore as an academic and writer in the field of architecture.
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