Architect Rustom Sohrab Rustomji passed away

Rustomji passed away

Rustom Sohrab RustomjiOne of the founding members of IAP, Ar. Rustom Sohrab Rustomji, has passed away. Rustomji was born in Karachi on 30th August 1917, He studied at the BVS School in Karachi and in 1936 joined the J.J. School of Arts in Bombay. He received his diploma in 1946 and was elected Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1952. Towards the end of 1943 he was appointed State Architect of Bikaner (Rajasthan), on the recommendation of Prof. Batley, Head of the Architecture Department at the J.J. School. Thus at the age of 26 he has the opportunity to design and execute various important state projects, as well as interact with senior officials and heads of state.

After the partition of India was announced, he was offered a job in Karachi at the D.H, Daruvala & Co. He joined the firm as a working partner in 1947 and stayed with it even after the demise of Mr. Daruvala in 1976.

During this period he designed a number of office buildings in Karachi, which are well-known landmarks today, as well as apartment buildings and private residences.

Rustomji was a founding member of the Institute of Architects Pakistan (IAP) and has served as President and Vice-President of the Institute.

He was also one of the founders of the Government School of Architecture and taught Construction and History at the institute.