Salma Bano

Salma Bano

Claremont, CA, US



Born in a remote village- Hunza, raised in a small town-Gilgit. Received under grad degree in Architecture from the renowned National college - National College of Arts Lahore Pak. Got first hand experience in conservation project as Project Architect  for a 900 years old Fort. That received UNESCO's "Award of Distinction" in year 2011. Earned Fulbright Scholarship in 2009 and did my Ms in Urban design from one of the top Universities of US-Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Later served as a Project Manager for the Land Use Plan of a Town in a Mountainous regions of Pakistan.     



Aga khan Cultrual Services Pakistan, Gilgit, PK, Architect-Planner

Project Manager

i. Complete layout and development plan for Cluster Housing, develop master zoning and housing tissue plan for areas around the AKCSP site.
ii. Managed and carried out three surveys : Quality of Life Survey, Topographic Survey and Building Survey in order to produce a comprehensive document that can be used as a reference for settlement planning and disseminated across AKDN as well as other stakeholders in the rapidly developing built environment context. The document may take into account the concept as first articulated including the Karimabad conceptual development plan, leading on to the various events and activities that have gone on since 1995 up to the present

May 2011 - Dec 2012

Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan, Gilgit, PK, Project Architect

I have been involved with AKCSP∗ on Conservation and Restoration
project in the Northern Pakistan. One of the major projects is working
as Project Architect on the Restoration of 900 years old Altit Fort Complex
(Fort, Garden and Café) in Northern Pakistan.

Also worked on
• The beautification of Karimabad bazaar project (Documentation and
Design proposals)
• Restoration of two Historic Houses in Altit Settlement
• Designing and execution of Community Resource Center – Altit, Hunza
• Designing and execution of a community Building in Aliabad Hunza
• Daldas Housing Scheme (Master Planing)– Karimabad, Hunza
• Baltit Fort Café
• Presentation Drawings for site surveys

Jan 2006 - Aug 2009


Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, US, MS Architecture-Urban Design

Non Thesis Program
Studios: Richard Dagenhart-Macon, Peachtree City, Augusta, Ga (Fall)
David Green-Peachtree street corridor-Atlanta, Georgia (Spring)

Aug 2009 - Dec 2010

National College of Arts Lahore, Lahore, PK, BArch, Achitecture

Jan 2001 - Dec 2005


Mehdi Ali Mirza Student Excellence Award 2009, Award


Principal candidate for Fulbright/USAID Masters Program 2009-2010, Scholarship


Honors in Undergrad Thesis Projec, 2nd Place


Areas of Specialization 


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