The UNESCO Chair in Management of Historic Towns and Urban Centers was inaugurated at National College of Arts in 2009, and has continued to thrive since then. It is NCA’s honor that UNESCO has renewed the title till 2025 and approved the appointment of Dr. Arfa Sayeda Zehra as a new UNESCO Chair holder.


Dr. Arfa Sayeda Zehra is one of those rare individuals who combine thought, real vision, passion, intellect and charm. A creative person that reflects in her thinking, writing, speaking, and innovation in interdisciplinary studies rooted in history, literature and culture. As an academic, researcher, analyst and critical thinker she has contributed immensely towards the discourse on literature and cultural heritage of Pakistan and especially Lahore and its Walled City. A living legend in the field of cultural heritage, literature discourse, and oral historical discursive practices Dr. Sayeda has further developed a vista of heritage archival material for Pakistan Television. NCA welcomes Dr. Sayeda as UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage.

Dr. Arfa Sayeda Zehra
UNESCO Chair Holder



Unearthing Heritage

A series of seminars on the cultural history of Lahore based on intellectual reflections. The series aims to bring together renowned academics and artists on one platform, initiating a dialogue exploring the intricacies ...

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Cultural/Heritage Management

Researching and developing museum exhibitions around narratives that are erased and excluded from public spaces. The project aims to encourage students to identify and engage with marginalized communities ...

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