Anwar Said

Born in 1940 in Peshawar, Pakistan, Said went to study at Liverpool University. He won the Rankin Award for his third-year work and was awarded a scholarship for his design thesis. After graduating in 1964 he spent a year working in Liverpool for Weightman & Bullen, and upon returning to Pakistan in 1965 he was hired as chief design architect for the Pakistan Air Force. He became a Chartered Architect (ARIBA) in the UK in 1967. Most of his career was spent working for the Pakistani Government, although he did have a private practice known as Said Architects.

As a young architect of 27, Anwar Said was interviewed and selected in 1967 by the planner Zahir-Ud-Deen Khwaja for the job as Director of Architecture for the Capital Development Authority (CDA) in Islamabad, and later served as Director General Design; these two positions he held for over 32 years until 2000 when he retired from government service. During this period he was responsible for all the architectural projects in the capital and personally designed some 200 of them. He practiced prolifically between 1965 and 2012, when he essentially retired.


Khan, Hassan -Uddin, and Anwar Said. “Anwar Said: A Modernist of Our Time.” Introduction. In Anwar Said , n.d.

“Anwar Said - Pakistan | Professional Profile | Linkedin.” Accessed May 10, 2022.


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أنور سعيد
Anwar‏ Saʻīd,