Syed Hamid Akbar holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Pakistan since 2013. He joined the Faculty of Architecture & Arts, Hasselt University, Belgium in 2017, where on a scholarship program from the government of Pakistan he completed a master’s degree in Interior Architecture: Adaptive Reuse. On the same scholarship he began his PhD research as part of the research group ‘Trace: Heritage and Adaptive Reuse’. His doctoral dissertation investigates the adaptive reuse potential of British-era protected heritage in Karachi, Pakistan. The aim is to develop a vocabulary and a theoretical frame that can be used as a critical format to revitalize these buildings, allowing them to play an active role in sustainable urban development.