The Principals

NBCL’s family comprises of two generations of Architects and Designers forming our Core Team. In addition our extended design family includes strong individuals from varying fields of Architecture and Design. Together we form an energetic and innovative design Company.




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Ar. Misbah Najmi (1944-2009), Founding Chairman

Born in Meerut, India, Misbahuddin Najmi received his early education from German Model School. He decided to be an architect when he was in 9th Class. He proceeded to US for higher studies and received his bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 1971 from the University of California and became a member of AIA.

After having worked in California for a few years, Ar. Misbah moved back to Pakistan in 1975 to start his own practice under the name Misbah Najmi & Associates (MNA). Over the years, this office has attracted and nurtured many young architects most of whom subsequently started out on their own and are running successful practices. He was a mentor to scores of students and young architects.

In 2006, Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative (Pvt.) Ltd. (NBCL) was established with the pooling in of resources of Misbah Najmi & Associates and Bilgrami & Faruque. Ar. Misbah Najmi became the first Chairman of the new firm. Ar. Misbah Najmi has been deeply involved with professional organizations in Pakistan.

A fellow of the Institute of Architects, Pakistan (IAP), he was at various times a member of the National Council, Hon. Secretary, Vice President and also twice Chairman of the IAP Karachi Chapter. He was an Alternate Council member of the International Union of Architects (UIA) during 1985-91 representing the Asia Pacific Region. He was a life registered member of the Pakistan Council of Architects & Town Planners and was elected Chairman PCATP in 1995-97.

A successful architect, whose practice extended to the Middle East, he represented a particular style that is evident in the vast number of buildings designed by him. His architecture has a certain charm that makes it belong to this particular part of the world. He has to his credit projects of all scales and types, from housing schemes and individual homes, to institutional and public buildings and corporate interiors. He was the recipient of the IAP Award for Architectural Excellence in the first award cycle in 2005 for Masjid-e-Faran in Karachi.

Ar. Syed Akeel Bilgrami, Chairman

Born in Hyderabad, India, in 1944, Ar. Syed Akeel Bilgrami received his early education at the St. Georges Grammar School and then at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai and the College of Fine Arts & Architecture, Hyderabad, from where he graduated in 1967 and moved to Karachi the following year.

From 1968-72 he worked with Naqvi & Siddiqui and thereafter started his own practice, first as Bilgrami & Associates and then as an AE firm, Bilgrami & Faruque, in partnership with Eng. Faruque Sultan. In 2006, Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative (Pvt.) Ltd. (NBCL) was established with the pooling in of resources of Bilgrami & Faruque and Misbah Najmi & Associates.

A Fellow of the Institute of Architects, Pakistan, and Life Registered Member of Pakistan Council of Architects & Town Planners (PCATP), he has long been closely associated in the affairs of both these organizations. He was twice elected President of IAP, 1983-86 and 2004-06 and served as the Vice Chairman of PCATP in 1989-91. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Architectural Education. He has represented Pakistan on numerous occasions at different international architects’ forums across the world. He was also the first Pakistani architect to be elected Chairman of the seventeen nation Architects’ Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA) in 1990-92.

Ar. Akeel Bilgrami is one of the founders of the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture (IVS), Karachi, established in 1990 and has been on the Board of Governors and twice served as Chairman of the Executive Committee. During 1997-2000, he was the Executive Director of IVS and taught as adjunct faculty from 2000-08. In addition, he has been a member of the Academic Council of University of Karachi, member of the Executive Committee of DCET and member of the Board of Studies at other architecture schools. He has served on the jury, also as Chairman, of over 30 national and international design competitions and awards.

Throughout his architectural practice, Ar. Akeel Bilgrami has promoted sustainable design solutions and has shown strong commitment to employing indigenous technologies in his varied work, particularly in the residential sector. His projects have been showcased in national and international architecture journals and on the electronic media.

Ar. Ahsan Najmi, CEO

Director / Principal Architect

ACADEMIC
1998-2003 B.Arch, B.F.A, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION
Associate, Institute of Architects, Pakistan (IAP)
Registered Architect, Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners
Vice President, American Institute of Architecture Students
President, South Asian Students Association

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2001 AXI OME Design, Providence, RI, USA
2003 Misbah Najmi & Associates, Karachi
2006 Established Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative (Pvt) Ltd

 

 

Following his graduation from Karachi Grammar school, Ahsan Najmi went on to follow his passion at the well-recognized Rhode Island School of Design where he received a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts and a Bachelors Degree in Architecture in 2003. Ready to explore the Pakistani architectural scene, Ahsan moved back to Karachi, Pakistan where he joined Misbah Najmi & Associates as Partner. Three years later, Ahsan established Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative (Pvt) Ltd., alongside late Misbah Najmi, Syed Akeel Bilgrami, Syed Zayd Bilgrami and Sarah Najmi Bilgrami. He is the current C.E.O of Najmi Bilgrami. He also runs and maintains an Interior design Studio at YOCA.

Ahsan is grateful to be an associate of the Institute of Architects, Pakistan, a member of Pakistan Institute of Interior Designers and a life registered member of Pakistan Council of Architects & Town Planners. He served as Vice President of the American Institute of Architecture, RI Chapter (AIAS) and President of the South Asian Students Association, RISD Chapter, in 2003. Ahsan is also honored to be a board member of The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP).

Ar. Sarah Najmi-Bilgrami, Director

Director / Principal Architect

ACADEMIC
1996-2001 B.Arch, B.F.A, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION
Associate, Institute of Architects, Pakistan (IAP)
Registered Architect, Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners
Member, American Institute of Architecture Students
Member, Boston Society of Architects

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2001-2005 Payette Assocaites, Boston, BA
2005 Misbah Najmi Associates
2006 Established Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative (Pvt) Ltd.

 

 


After completing her early education at Convent of Jesus and Mary, Karachi, Sarah Najmi Bilgrami set out to conquer her dreams at the Rhode Island School of Design, USA, where she received a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts and a Bachelors Degree in Architecture in 2001. Upon graduation, Sarah joined Payette Associates in Boston, where she worked as a team member on the design of a new campus for the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Aga Khan University, Education City, Karachi up until 2005. In 2005 she made the journey home to Karachi, Pakistan, where she joined Misbah Najmi & Associates as partner. She later went on to establish Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative (Pvt) Ltd. An Architecture Practice she co-owns with her partners. Sarah designation is President of YOCA and is among the Board of Director/ Partner at Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative (NBCL), she also keeps herself in practice by running and maintaining a design Studio at NBCL.

Sarah is proud to be a member of the Institute of Architects, Pakistan, a member of Pakistan Institute of Interior Designers and a life registered member of Pakistan Council of Architects & Town Planners. She also had the pleasure to partake as a member in the American Institute of Architecture Students, RI Chapter, as well as the Boston Society of Architects.

Ar. Syed Zayd Bilgrami, Director

Director / Principal Architect

ACADEMIC
2000-2005 B.Arch, B.F.A, Rhode Island School of Design,
Providence, RI, USA

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION
Associate, Institute of Architects, Pakistan (IAP)
Registered Architect, Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners
Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Boston Society of Architects
2002 Nakamura and Associates, Tokyo, Japan, Summer Internship
2005 Perry Dean Rogers and Partners, Boston, MA, USA
2006 Established Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative Pvt. Ltd.

 

 

After graduation from Karachi Grammar School, Syed Zayd Bilgrami traveled to the USA to begin his journey as an architect at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design in 2005, where he received a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts and a Bachelors Degree in Architecture. In 2005 Zayd worked as project architect on the design of Norwich University Housing with Perry Dean Rogers and Partners, Boston. Following this experience he travelled home to Karachi, Pakistan where he joined Bilgrami and Faruque and then later established Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative (Pvt) Ltd., of which he is a Partner. Zayd worked alongside with late Misbah Najmi, Syed Akeel Bilgrami, Ahsan Najmi and Sarah Najmi Bilgrami. He is the CEO of YOCA and is among the Board of Director/ Partner at Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative (NBCL), he also runs and maintains a design Studio at NBCL.

Zayd is pleased to be a Member of the Institute of Architects, Pakistan, a member of the Pakistan Institute of Interior Designers, and a life registered member of Pakistan Council of Architects & Town Planners. Zayd is also affiliated with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and serves as a member of the Boston Society of Architects (BSA).

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