Research student

PhD student

Amna Jahangir

1 October 2014 – present

Amna Jahangir is currently pursuing her PhD studies at Welsh School of Architecture and is the recipient of Cardiff University’s College of Physical Sciences & Engineering PhD Studentship. Prior to starting her PhD, Amna Jahangir was Assistant Professor and the Head of Department of Architecture at the University of Gujrat, a Public Sector University in Pakistan. She started teaching Architecture in her hometown Lahore in 2007, where she taught as a Lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Design, at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology. Amna Jahangir graduated with an Honours Degree in Architecture from the University of Engineering & Technology Lahore and was awarded COMSATS MS Scholarship to pursue a Masters Degree in Architectural Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK. Besides teaching, since 2010, Amna Jahangir has worked voluntarily as Honorary Secretary to THAAP, a Lahore based organisation working for the improvement of education and research in Pakistan, where she organised four International THAAP Conferences in 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 as Conference Secretary, on topics related to History, Architecture and Urbanism.

PhD details:

Colonial Impact on Urbanism of the West Punjab: Town Morphology as an Imperial Imperative

Canal irrigation schemes introduced by the British during the 19th century in the West Punjab marked a new phase in the urbanism of this region with the development of new towns and expansion of old towns. However, the urban history of this significant time is largely underexplored with the few studies conducted so far related mostly to the socio-economic history of the canal irrigation schemes. In Post-colonial times, whereas the big cities of the West Punjab captured the attentions of both scholars and developers alike, the towns and villages did not enjoy the benefit of either the scholarship or the development. With a growing population, the urban problems in the towns of the West Punjab are exacerbating and it is becoming difficult to develop a rational understanding of the situation without a historic perspective of the town development. The proposed study responds to this gap in scholarship by studying the development of towns in their immediate past.

The main aim of the study is to trace and explain the historic development of old and new towns of the West Punjab in the context of the British Rule in the Punjab, considering the role of power, economy, defence and planning ideology in shaping the town form and social order. The research will be conducted through the study of literature review including the primary sources together with field surveys across the West Punjab.

Keywords: Colonial, Punjab, Towns, Urbanism, Power, Economy, Defence, Planning, Morphology, Social.


  • Amna Jahangir, ‘Diplomacies in Architecture during the British Raj: Responses of Lahoris to Colonial Culture’, in Portrait of Lahore – Lahore nu Salam, ed. by Pervaiz Vandal (Lahore: THAAP Publications, 2012), pp. 187-196.

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