©Department of Architecture, AIUB
©Department of Architecture, AIUB

On the eve of its 10th anniversary, Architecture Department at American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) is pleased to host an Architecture Student Design Competition in association with Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) for young Architecture students envisioning Bangladesh Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai UAE.


Expo 2020 will be held in the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), under the theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ and has three subthemes – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. Expo 2020 will also be the first World Expo to be hosted in the region of Middle East, Africa and South Asia; and the festival will mark the UAE’s 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee celebrations as well.  This design competition aims to look at Bangladesh Pavilion in 2020 Dubai Expo as a successful ‘Nation Branding’ symbol, keeping in relation with the expo’s main themes. The pavilion will celebrate the journey of Bangladesh and its recent economic escalation to a middle-income country in the global community. The pavilion might talk of the glorious past of the Bengal, rich culture and traditions of its people, the uniqueness of the landscape as well as that of its prosperous future ahead. Bangladesh Pavilion in Dubai 2020 Expo might express the country as a technologically advanced nation through large and small-scale display areas- taking visitors on wonderful, interactive journeys of imagination through the pavilion.

Theme and program for designing the pavilion is up to the designers. Site area of the pavilion is limited to 4000 Square meter (80mx50m).


This international competition is open for individual undergraduate architecture students or a group of max. 2 students from Architecture Schools. Only one submission is allowed from one student or one group. As per IAB policy, local participants must be students from Architecture schools that have IAB accreditation (or currently in the process of IAB accreditation).


REGISTRATION IS FREE. A printed copy of the attached registration form should be submitted along with the final submission, on the submission date. Posted entries must reach the submission venue before deadline.



Submission Date       : Sunday, January 3, 2016.

Time                            : 10.00 am – 2.00 pm

Venue                          : Department of Architecture, AIUB, FASS Building [Campus -7]

View detail SUBMISSION FORMAT here


Ar. Francis D.K. Ching | Author, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Dr.  M. Saleh Uddin |Professor of Architecture, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Ar. Mustapha Khalid Palash | FIAB, International Association AIA ; Member, Tall Building Council (CTBUH)

Ar. Mahmudul Anwar Riyaad | Associate Professor, BUET;  Secretary, Education, IAB.

Ar. M. Arefeen Ibrahim | Sr. Asst. Professor & Head, Dept. of Architecture, AIUB.


First Prize : BDT 50,000/-  [eqv. 650 USD]

Second Prize: BDT 30,000/-  [eqv. 350 USD]

Third Prize : BDT 20,000/-  [eqv. 250 USD]


Competition result will be announced on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, in a ceremony.

For more info Contact, Invoice: +8801711458102, Email: archaiubcompetition@gmail.com