Ahmed Mian

Founder, Studio Subtractive

Ahmed Mian received his Bachelors of Architecture from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi in 1996 and a Masters of Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute, New York in October 2002. After receiving his bachelor’s degree and working as a fulltime architect, in 1999 he relocated to New York City to gain a master’s degree and professional experience abroad. In the ten years he spent practicing in the US, he had the opportunity to work on single and multi-family residences, as well as retail and commercial developments in the United States. He specially gained expertise in large scale public projects and educational institutions (K-12) in both architecture and interiors. He returned to Karachi in 2009 as one of the few LEED® accredited practitioners in the country.

Ahmed has been an Executive Committee Member of the Institute of Architects, Pakistan– Karachi Chapter (IAP-KC) for the years2011-2013. He collaborated with the IAP in developing a Green Building Manual for sustainable design construction and practices for the emerging Pakistan Green Building Council. He also helped develop recommendations for the Government Of Sind in formulating Universal Accessibility Standards for built environments. He has also been a part-time design studio faculty at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi.

In 2011 he founded Studio Subtractive, as a platform for likeminded creative individuals to forward their investigations into meaningful and sustainable design solutions for the built environment. Subtractive is an award winning interdisciplinary studio based in Karachi. We operate in the field of architecture, interior + environmental, industrial design and LEED®consultancy services. Through the design and execution of a diverse set of projects, we have conceived strategies that integrate sustainable and modern features into the built environment. From designing workplaces to commercial buildings, restaurants to residential, the diversity of projects gives us the knowledge and prowess to work at any scale and in any context.

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