The first woman in the country to take up architecture as a profession, and the founder of the Heritage Foundation of Pakistan, Yasmeen Lari just added another feather to her cap. She has been awarded Japan’s prestigious Fukuoka Prize in the Arts and Culture category.

The third recipient from Pakistan to receive this honour, Ms. Lari follows in the footsteps of music legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and social scientiest Dr. Uxi Mufti of Lok Virsa, who is a relentless crusader in the battle of preserving Pakistani cultural heritage.

Yasmeen Lari’s contribution to architectural design, preservation of heritage buildings, and community development were lauded in the citation of the award.

The Fukuoka Prize was established in 1990, by the Japanese city of Fukuoka. Every year since then, the awards honour outstanding work by individuals, groups or organizations who promote and preserve Asian culture. The objective of the prize is to encourage mutual understanding and learning between the peoples of Asian countries.

The Grand Prize this year went to Indian music maestro A.R. Rehman for his exceptional contribution keeping alive and promoting Eastern musical traditions.