Mukhtar Husain has been practicing architecture in Pakistan since 1973. He was Chief Architect of the Jinnah Terminal Complex at Karachi Airport from its concept stage in 1985 up to its completion in 1992. He was later the Executive Director of the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi. He has also been associated with the Aga Khan Award for Architecture as a Technical Reviewer for two cycles. He set up this practice in 1997.
Besides his involvement with buildings, interiors and planning projects, he has been teaching and writing for over thirty years. His work and writings have been published in local and foreign professional journals, magazines and newspapers, and he is frequently sought after as a commentator on architecture in Pakistan for television as well as the print media. He is the author of a popular coffee-table book 100+1 Pakistani Architects and their own Houses (2006).
He received a Bachelor's degree in architecture from the Middle East Technical University in 1971, and a Master's degree in 1972. He also holds a certificate in “Housing in Islamic Cultures” from Harvard/MIT.