The Long and Winding Road – A Conversation with Shaheen Choudhury Westcombe MBE

Architect Shaheen Choudhury Westcombe was one of the three pioneering female students, graduating from the Faculty of Architecture in Dhaka (established in 1962).  Ms. Westcombe began her career as an educator teaching architecture students in Dhaka. She further studied for a Masters in Architecture, from Kyoto University in Japan. Ms. Westcombe started her professional career […]

A Trip Down Memory Lane with Nazma Anwar— One of the First Female Architects of Bangladesh

Architect Nazma Anwar was one of the three pioneering female students of the Faculty of Architecture in Dhaka established in 1962.   Born in 1943 in Rajshahi, architect Nazma Anwar spent her childhood in different places due to her father’s engineering job in the Roads and Highways. Her professional career began with Bangladeshi master architect […]

Architecture Pathways in Bangladesh and Beyond: A Talk with Nubras Samayeen

Nubras Samayeen is an architect, who has excelled both in teaching and professional practice. She has worked at internationally acclaimed US based architecture firms like Eisenman Architects and HOK, and has also received numerous accolades including the United States Green Building’s Natural Talent Award (USGBC) for three consecutive years. As an academic, she served as […]

Architects’ response to COVID-19 crisis: An interview with Nurur R Khan

Architect Nurur Rahman Khan, a renowned educator and practicing architect, speaks with Context team about challenges brought by COVID 19 pandemic to the built environment professionals in Bangladesh. Architect Khan is a Partner of Tanya Karim N R Khan and Associates and has taught in various universities like BUET, BRAC University, UAP, NSU, Stamford University, […]

How architects are coping with COVID-19 pandemic: An interview with Mamnoon Murshed Chowdhury

ContextBD team talked with architects to learn how architecture offices are coping with COVID 19 outbreak in Bangladesh. The following interview features architect Mamnoon Murshed Chowdhury who his currently the Vice President [National Affairs] in the Institute of Architects Bangladesh – the professional body of architects in the country. Ar. Chowdhury is one of the […]

Dhaka in between the formal-informal: A conversation with Kim Dovey

Kim Dovey is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and Director of the Informal Urbanism Research Hub InfUr–. His research on social issues in architecture and urban design has included investigations of urban place identity, creative clusters, transit-oriented urban design and the morphology of informal settlements. He is a distinguished scholar in Urban Design and […]

Social Engagement, Architectural History, and We | Conversation with Farhan Karim

Farhan Karim is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Kansas. He worked as an architect, interior designer and furniture designer in Bangladesh and Australia. His first book, Of Greater Dignity than Riches: Austerity and Housing Design in India (2019) studies the discourse of low-cost industrial housing. His […]

A Global Architect’s Perspective|Talk with Ar Wong Mun Summ from WOHA

WOHA is one of the critically acclaimed contemporary architectural practices that earned reputation for it’s climate responsive sustainable architecture. Working over different continents and (therefore)in diversified climatic conditions WOHA received numerous awards for their skillful implementation of technological aspects while respecting the context. culture and humanity. Ar Wong Mun Summ, being one of the founders […]

Harmony of Architecture and Sculpture | Talk with Hamiduzzaman Khan

Renowned sculptor Hamiduzzaman Khan has achieved acclaim both locally and internationally for his metal-based sculptures, with his main focus lying on forms and geometrical shapes. He is also a prolific artist, excelling in water colour and painting. He has taught sculpture in Fine Arts Institute, Dhaka and at multiple architecture schools for more than 35 […]

Architecture for All | Conversation with Professor Fuad Hassan

Dr. Fuad Hassan Mallick is the Pro Vice Chancellor of BRAC University. His contribution in architecture education and research is well appreciated in the community. He is the founder of the Department of Architecture of BRAC University and also the founder director of the university’s Post Graduate Programs in Disaster Management, the first of its […]