With several projects from Bangladesh shortlisted for the 13th cycle of Aga Khan Award for Architecture and 3 projects that have won in previous cycles, architecture seems to be a domain that bodes well for Bangladesh.
“Bangladesh has global standard architectures that can work in any international projects … There are some good architect schools in Bangladesh.”
– Farrokh Derakhshani, Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA), Director
Bangladeshi projects short-listed for Aga Khan architecture award
By Sheikh Shahariar Zaman Published February 21, 2016: Derakhshani, who recently visited Dhaka to attend the Dhaka Art Summit, said: “I do believe [that they have international standard] and that’s why we hired a Bangladeshi architecture to do the project titled Aga Khan Academy.”
The Aga Khan Development Network is going to build the high profile and international standard academy on 20 acres of land in Dhaka and its design is still underway, he said.
Derakhshani reminded that Parliament Building and Grameen Bank Housing project won the award in 1989 while another project in which two Austrian and German architects built a house with earth and bamboo in Dinajpur got the award in 2007.
Referring to famous architects Mazharul Islam and Bashirul Haque, he said: “There are some good architect schools in Bangladesh.”
Architecture is important to improve quality of life as the children who live in good house, and good neighbourhood and better building schools are better educated than those who do not enjoy those facilities, he added.
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Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali