Architectural Pedagogy and Profession in Bangladesh: Towards Transition?

State of Architecture Education in Bangladesh during the pandemic (as of 30 June, 2020) © CONTEXT
Often considered as a discipline of ‘the society of spectacle’[1], Architecture ‘education and practice’ have been encountering massive disruption by the ongoing pandemic. Some argue that the crisis has paved the way to revisit the proprieties of the ‘previous normal’ and determines how ready we are to respond, recover and work towards ‘a new normal’ which will let the architect community sustain and thrive during this critical situation.

Confessions of a non-architect

Multiplicity | The branches and the rectangular blocks  combinedly make up the chairs, which are free from gravitational force- a visual representation of the idea that one can combine knowledge of two different areas and create something that is free from preconceived notions © Imran Hasan
More often than not, I find myself in the company of fellow architects. When that happens, I am often asked if I am an architect myself. This puts me in an awkward situation. While I have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture, I am not exactly practicing the profession itself. Years ago, I heard a writer saying in an interview, “You are not a writer if you are not writing.” Similarly, I think, you cannot call yourself an architect if you are not practicing.

Women in Architecture-Where We Stand?

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"Architecture education takes about five to seven years to reach completion. Another few years of work experience are needed before one can apply for the licensing exam. This is a time consuming process and it coincides with a woman’s childbearing years. Therefore many women have to make a choice between being a mother and being an architect."

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