A long-term understanding with the architectural institutions of Pakistan is being planned by the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA),Chandigarh-Punjab Chapter.
Architect and Councillor Surinder Bahga,who was invited to participate in the Fifth Architects Regional Council of Asia (ARCASIA) round-table meeting on Sustainable Approach to Design and Construction,held recently in Islamabad,Pakistan said,India and Pakistan already share many things in common like literature,music,films,culture,etc. IIA is aiming to develop a relationship in which both the countries can learn from each others architecture as well.
Bahga also talked to the students of architecture at the Department of Architecture and Design,COMSATS,Lahore. IIA had invited Ali Umar Alvie,an architect from Islamabad,for addressing architects from Chandigarh on September 14,which was highly appreciated by everyone. IIA will struggle to bring both the countries together through the medium of architecture, he said.
Bahga was invited with a delegation of six more architects.
He has worked as Chairman of IIA,Chandigarh-Punjab Chapter for two terms,has authored several books and established the architectural organization Saakaar Foundation in Chandigarh in 1984.