Yasmeen Lari is the chief executive and co-founder of Heritage Foundation of Pakistan. She is an architect, architectural historian, heritage conservationist and humanitarian aid worker. She graduated from Oxford School of Architecture (now Oxford Brookes University), and was elected Member of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 1969. She was appointed UNESCO’s National Advisor for work on World Heritage Lahore Fort (2003-2005). UNESCO has published her profile among 60 women who have contributed the most towards its objectives. She has devised several DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) methodologies based on heritage and vernacular traditions for disaster affected areas, due to which Pakistan is in the lead as the largest zero carbon footprint shelter program in the World.
Her present work at World Heritage Makli, Thatta, includes conservation of important monuments as well as application of Lari-Emergency Preventive Intervention (L-EPI) methods, based on the use of unfired clay, lime and bamboo, which provide low-cost, reversible first aid against degradation and collapse of historic assets.
Yasmeen Lari is the author and co-author of several books, concept papers and reports. She has served on several national and international boards and committees.