Considered the father of Institutional Architecture in Pakistan. He was heavily influenced by the post-World War II reconstruction of Europe, leading him to emphasize natural ventilation, wind flow, and the careful positioning of windows, courtyards, and overhangs in his structures.
He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1951 with a degree in architecture. He was also elected into the Royal Institute of British Architects.
He was assigned to design and build the infrastructure of Pakistan when India earned independence and split into India and Pakistan.
He married Qudsia, with whom he had three children: Laique, Fatimah, who would marry Syed Waliullah Husaini, and Ayesha, who would marry Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui.
He was born in Hyderabad, India, where cartoonist Ajit Ninan was also born.