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, […]

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 […]

Knowing Bashirul Haq – An Architect, a Thinker, a Critic and More

Architect Bashirul Haq, being one of the most critically acclaimed architects of South Asia is an unbound source of inspiration for our young architects. His works have been widely discussed and praised both nationally and internationally. On few occasions his fellows and architects got the opportunity to learn about his life and philosophy, but only to end up being more curious and want to

Life, Aspiration, Work and Contribution | Interview of Professor Khaleda Ekram

Prof Khaleda Ekram, the first woman Vice chancellor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) passed away last week. while we mourn her departure, we seek the opportunity to learn of her life and contribution more through this interview, taken some years ago.

Architecture Education in Bangladesh: Dialogue with Dr Zakiul Islam

Dr. Zakiul Islam has been teaching at the Department of Architecture in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology for more than fifteen years. He started his career at Vastukalabid under the supervision of Late Architect Muzharul Islam. He is the recipient of the Berger Best Young Architect Award in 2005 and Landscape Architecture Research Award […]

A Meet up with Nadia Khalid Tithi, the Humanitarian Architect

At the moment Nadia Khalid Tithi is working with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies-Bangladesh as the Manager of ‘Response and Preparedness for Response’ stationed at Dhaka. Completing her Masters in Disaster and Emergency Practice from Oxford Brookes University, Nadia, an architecture graduate from BUET joined Save the Children UK in their […]



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