MSA is an Architecture Studio of Architects, Interior Designers, Visualizers and thinkers based in Lahore, Pakistan. It is an award winning practice recognized as one of the most influential names in Architecture Design for 2016 by Architectural Digest, India. From Modest beginning with two people, MSA has grown to an office with a three-tier management structure. The Inter disciplinary approach at MSA results in an uncommon level of refinement to the architectural work, generating an opportunity to create spaces imbued with experiences. MSA’s interdisciplinary approach has a lot to do with the diverse academic background of its principals. Coming from backgrounds of Philosophy and Psychology, the principals at MSA are usually in a strong position to negotiate with the design issues both in and outside the realm of Architecture. Apart from contributing to the interdisciplinary approach that MSA has, this further allows the firm to look at the problem from multiple perspectives and really get in to the design process. For MSA, the issue is more about how to approach an issue, rather than just to gear for its resolution.
In order to further strengthen the approach, MSA has gone a step ahead to create a separate division of its own, with designated resources, known as MSI-RI i.e the research initiative. This is an independent research engine that fuels the research, which then becomes part and parcel of what MSA produces on its own. The collaboration between MSA and RI itself gives rise to interesting opportunities that allow the firm to explore novel ideas that inform their design. The nature of rigorous collaboration between MSA-RI & MSA gave rise to a novel idea of MSA COLLABORATIVE. It is an initiative that brings professionals from other disciplines on board keeping in view the nature of the projects, in order to develop a cohesive perspective to address the issues posed by the project. This has taken MSA as a firm beyond an ‘Architecture Only’ thinking and has truly developed them as thinking architects, for whom, it is all about asking the right questions!
It is a counterpart of MSA. This was conceived in the early years of the establishment of our practice. This endeavor enables us to achieve an interdisciplinary approach. MSA-RI works on the research projects initiated either by the MSA or by individual clients. The research conducted by MSA-RI in areas beyond architecture helps augment our architecture projects.
MSA-Collaborative is a very recent initiative of the studio, where MSA collaborates with professionals from various disciplines. This platform further strengthens the interdisciplinary approach of MSA practice and encourage cross disciplinary thinking at the same time. These collaborations also result into projects of varied natures that widen the scope of MSA practice and indulge into discourses that are generally not part of architecture
Syed Fawad Hussain
FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT MSA
Syed Fawad Hussain is an architect and philosopher with an academic background in both fields. He is the founder and Principal Architect at Metropolitan Studio of Architecture and also heads the works of MSA-RI and MSA Collaborative. Prior to establishing a full-time practice in 2009, he worked as an independent architect and educator. He has been part of prestigious Architecture Design institutes of Pakistan throughout his career. He is currently an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the School of Architecture Design and Urbanism at proposed University of Culture & Art (UCA) and Associate Professor at Interior Design Department at the National College of Arts (NCA). Apart from playing an active role in academia, Syed Fawad Hussain is also editor of the newsletter and journal of Institute of Architects of Pakistan (IAP). He is currently serving as vice president of Institute of Architects of Pakistan, Lahore chapter. He has also been honored to represent Pakistan and IAP internationally as a member of ARCASIA committee on Green and Sustainable Architecture (ACGSA).
Syed Fawad Hussain is a regular visitor to the schools of architecture for architectural crits and also served as a jury member for various prestigious awards. Recently he had been the part of the jury for the international student competition named Nippon Young Designers Award (NYDA) as platinum judge at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
PRINCIPAL INTERIOR DESIGNER MSA
Leena Hassan is an Interior designer and an accomplished painter with an academic background in Interior design and Psychology. She is the co-founder and Principal Interior Designer at Metropolitan Studio of Architecture. She has been part of significant interior design projects, most notably corporate interior, where she has overseen projects from inception to completion, whilst rigorously supervising construction to the minutest details. Renowned for corporate interiors, Leena Hassan also boasts a significant profile in Furniture design. She has a reputation for her tailor made furniture solutions that cater to needs of her interior spaces and her clients. Accompanying a significant standing as an Interior & Furniture Designer, Leena Hassan is a well-known Color Consultant, who has presented her ideas at numerous forums on the subject.
Leena Hassan’s multi-disciplinary interests are not limited to Interiors and Furniture. She is an active researcher and an important part of Metropolitan Studio of Architecture’s Research initiative (MSA-RI), with interests in interior lighting design, object design and in exploration of textiles as construction material.