Embassy Islamabad

Islamabad, Pakistan

This project emanated from personal ties with Pakistanis and a desire to better understand the contemporary sociocultural relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan. The embassy typology was carefully selected after considering the existing intercultural building prescedents in Pakistan. 

New U.S. Embassy Islamabad is the result of a self directed year-long senior thesis project. The project consisted of a comprehensive research phase, a site masterplan phase and the design of the central building, the Chancery. Iterative concept models made from plaster, resin and wood informed the design process. 

Central to this thesis were three questions: 

1. How can material facilitate cross-cultural dialogue? 

2. In what way can the private process of diplomacy be made transparent? 

3. Can civic space be transformational in an environment of fear? 

Issues of ideology, identity, tradition, domesticity, language, value, gender, and simultaneity influenced the conceptualization and formalization of the project. The language and relationship of materials became the central focus of my research and design. 

Travel Photographs

Site Analysis

Site Plan

Site Plan

Section Perspective

Section Perspective

Lobby Rendering

Lobby Rendering

Embassy Courtyard


Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design


Undergraduate Thesis with

Professor Rachel Shade