Projects from Bangladesh shortlisted in the top 20 for the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

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.

Past Bangladesh AKAA winners (left to right): Grameen Bank Housing Programme (1989); National Assembly Building (1989); School in Rudrapur (2007). (Image credit: AKDN AKAA)
Past Bangladesh AKAA winners (left to right): Grameen Bank Housing Programme (1989); National Assembly Building (1989); School in Rudrapur (2007). (Image credit: AKDN AKAA)

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.

Source:

Dhaka Tribune | Bangladeshi projects short-listed for Aga Khan architecture award

All Images via Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) – Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA)

Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali

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