| Ismat Hossain, NSU |

The Thesis Jury of Spring 2015 was held recently at the Department of Architecture at North South University. A total of twenty seven students presented their final projects in front of an eminent panel of jurors. The students displayed a multifaceted range of interests in selecting their thesis projects. Backed by a dissertation that they submitted last semester, many of the projects displayed an in depth analysis of the specific design problems as well as unique and aspiring solutions to urban and architectural programs. Many of the students this year chose projects that were not only atypical but pertaining to issues that they personally felt needed to be addressed by architects. Projects such as the Kirtankhola Riverfront Revitalization at Barisal, the Redevelopment of Gulistan Sports Complex at Gulistan, the Rethinking of Dhaka New Market and the Re-developing of Hajaribag posed questions for very contemporary urban issues. Many projects also provided solutions for issues regarding protection of the habitat and wildlife such as the Bird Sanctuary and Research center at Chittagong and the Redesign of Mirpur Zoo at Dhaka. The projects that were done this year can be found here.

The two day long jury that was held on the 13th and 14th of June was adorned by the presence of renowned Architect Bashirul Huq, prominent architect and part-time Faculty N. R. Khan, Professor Roxana Hafiz of BUET, Architect Masum and other full-time and part time faculty members of the department. Many of the alumni and present students were also there to embrace the joyous moment. The jury ended with a note of thanks by the studio tutors Professor Haroon Ur Rashid and Architect Muzaffar Chowdhury.