Jawaid Haider

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April 5, 1951 -- De­cem­ber 7, 2018

Jawaid Haider, 67, of

State Col­lege, passed away peace­fully early this morn­ing at Mt. Nit­tany Med­i­cal Cen­ter. At his side were his wife, Talat and their twin boys, Shuja and Asad.

Born April 5, 1951 in Karachi, Pak­istan, he was the son of SyedAkram Hus­sain and Amna Sul­tan. Dr. Haider is sur­vived by hiswife, TalatAzhar, who re­mains at home in State Col­lege. In ad­di­tion to his wife, he is sur­vived by his sons Shu­jaHaider, liv­ing in New York, and AsadHaider, liv­ing in State Col­lege. He is also sur­vived by his two sis­ters and three brothers, and was pre­ceded in death by one brother and one sis­ter. He was beloved by fam­ily, friends, neigh­bors, col­leagues, and stu­dents alike.

Dr. Haider, a Pro­fes­sor of Ar­chi­tec­ture at Penn State,re­ceived his Ph.D. in In­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary Stud­ies at the Penn­syl­va­nia State Univer­sity. His re­search in­ter­ests in­cluded ar­chi­tec­tural is­sues rel­e­vant for chil­dren, in­ter­gen­er­a­tional de­sign, pub­lic space, ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign ed­u­ca­tion, and com­par­a­tive the­o­ret­i­cal per­spec­tives in ar­chi­tec­ture. More re­cently his re­search in­ter­ests ex­panded to in­clude ac­tive liv­ing strate­gies in parks and re­cre­ation sys­tems. His re­search ex­plored how the de­sign of an en­vi­ron­ment or space could be child-friendly and el­der­friendly, and he sought to make spaces for all gen­er­a­tions to share, and to al­low peo­ple to bet­ter form re­la­tion­ships.

He re­ceived many awards and recog­ni­tions, most no­tably the Ful­bright Se­nior Scholar Award to Aus­tralia, the Col­lege of Arts and Ar­chi­tec­ture Fac­ulty Award for Out­stand­ing Teach­ing, and the In­au­gu­ral Award for Fac­ulty Out­reach, “in recog­ni­tion of ex­em­plary lead­er­ship in ap­ply­ing schol­ar­ship in sup­port of so­ci­ety.” He was in­volved at ev­ery level of ed­u­ca­tion, re­search, schol­ar­ship, and ser­vice. Most re­cently, he won the 2018 Dis­tin­guished Teach­ing Award from the Col­lege of Arts and Ar­chi­tec­ture Cen­ter for Ped­a­gogy in Arts and De­sign, which "rec­og­nizes fac­ulty mem­bers who have con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to the in­tel­lec­tual and artis­tic life of the col­lege through their teach­ing."

He was a sought-af­ter teacher and ad­vi­sor for both de­sign stu­dio teach­ing and the­ory. As Prin­ci­pal In­ves­ti­ga­tor of a ma­jor re­search project, "Plan­ning and De­sign Strate­gies for Healthy Liv­ing, Parks and Re­cre­ation in Pottstown Area," he in­flu­enced both com­mu­nity de­sign and healthy liv­ing. He pub­lished ex­ten­sively and re­ceived ma­jor fund­ing for his re­search, in­clud­ing grants from the Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Arts (NEA) and the Gra­ham Foun­da­tion. Dr. Haider lec­tured and of­fered work­shops through­out the world – in Asia, Aus­tralia, Europe, and the United States. As a fac­ulty mem­ber and cur­ricu­lum de­signer, Dr. Haider­was in­stru­men­tal in shap­ing the rep­u­ta­tion of ex­cel­lence held by the Depart­ment of Ar­chi­tec­ture at Penn State, es­pe­cially in ad­vanced ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign and re­search of the the­sis year of the Bach­e­lor of Ar­chi­tec­ture pro­gram. He was the Co­or­di­na­tor of the the­sis year level for many years and was in­flu­en­tial in de­sign­ing and de­vel­op­ing the grad­u­ate pro­grams in Ar­chi­tec­ture.

More re­cently, he served as Dean of In­dus Val­ley School of Art and Ar­chi­tec­ture for two years. For his con­tri­bu­tions to ar­chi­tec­tural ed­u­ca­tion in Pak­istan, he re­ceived the Life­time Achieve­ment Award from the In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects of Pak­istan. Lo­cally, he had a rich in­volve­ment with Global Con­nec­tions, the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Univer­sity Women and was the con­sul­tant for the de­sign of the Dis­cov­ery Cen­ter for Kids in State Col­lege. Dr. Haider’ scol­leagues and friends re­call his quick wit, wry hu­mor, his abil­ity to un­pack any the­sis topic, and his readi­ness to nur­ture a grad­u­ate stu­dent to en­dure long hours and fin­ish strong.

He loved spend­ing time with his fam­ily, and vig­or­ous dis­cus­sion of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional pol­i­tics. He was known for spar­ring with the best on the ten­nis court, where he was fa­mous for his strate­gic drop shots. He man­aged to teach up to the last week of his life and, re­al­iz­ing a wish he ar­tic­u­lated to col­leagues as, "to ei­ther die in the class­room or on the ten­nis court." He en­joyed eat­ing Szechuan food, watch­ing the movies of Mel Brooks, and lis­ten­ing to Urdu ghaz­als. He had a sweet tooth and he was a rock. Steady and un­flap­pable, he shook all of his friends and col­leagues the year he shaved off his mus­tache. Jawaid will be missed wholly and re­mem­bered fondly.

Rel­a­tives and friends will meet for burial at Spring Creek Ceme­tery across from the Cen­tre Hills Coun­try Club at noonon Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9, 2018. A cel­e­bra­tion of his life will fol­low from 1-3 pm, at the Nit­tany Lion Inn, 200 W. Park Ave, State Col­lege.

Ar­range­ments are un­der the care of Koch Fu­neral Home, State Col­lege. On­line con­do­lences and sign­ing of the guest book may be en­tered at www.kochfu­ner­al­home.com.

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