Pakistan’s leading architects and interior designers Zayd Bilgrami, Akeel Bilgrami, Sarah Najmi-Bilgrami and Ahsan Najmi of the prestigious Najmi-Bilgrami Cooperative (Pvt) Limited [NBCL] have been honored by one of the world’s most significant authority on design and architecture, the magazine Architectural Digest, India at their second annual coveted list of the “50 Most Influential Names in Architecture & Design for 2015.” Sarah Zayd and Ahsan are also the creative forces behind premium home couture brand YOCA in Pakistan.
The honour was conferred upon the team in a special celebratory ceremony held on 24th March 2015 at the JW Marriott Aerocity New Delhi. The final 50 honoured were selected from over 200 firms. They are honored to have been included in the top architect names in the subcontinent.
Speaking about their success, Zayd, Sarah, Akeel and Ahsan said, “We are ecstatic to have been chosen by a publication (Architecture Digest, India) that is considered to be the foremost authority on architecture and design. To be able to represent Pakistan on a global forum is truly a humbling experience. Hopefully this will open the door to international interest in the incredible amount of talent present in Pakistan.”
Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative (Pvt.) Ltd. was incorporated in 2006 through the collaboration and pooling of the expertise, experience and resources of two very old and established Architectural practices of Pakistan, viz., Misbah Najmi & Associates (MNA), formed in 1975 and Bilgrami & Faruque (B&F), formed in 1972. The two firms have collectively designed over 3000 projects.
NBCL was conceived as a consulting firm specializing in Corporate, Institutional, Medical and Educational Sectors.
Established in 2006, YOCA, or Young Collective Artists, is a premium Home Couture brand that surfaced from the synergies between three artists; Zayd Bilgrami, Ahsan Najmi and Sarah Najmi Bilgrami who together, bring with them a combination of inspirational creativity, seasoned industry exposure and academic design credentials from the coveted Rhode Island School of Design. The three artists represent a second generation of experts, whose predecessors have to their credit the 35 year architectural practice, Najmi Bilgrami Collaborative Ltd (NBCL), where all three team members are also partners. YOCA’s products are inspired by high-end design where each piece is uniquely conceived from universal inspirations be it with whom YOCA’s artisans interact, the places they visit, the evolving art world, fashion, music; or indeed something as simple as a conversation with a loved one.