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Modern architecture in Bangladesh finds it roots in numerous influences, including the pioneering Bangladeshi architect Muzharul Islam, numerous western architects such as Paul Rudolph and Stanley Tigerman, and the iconic Louis Kahn-designed National Parliament House and its surroundings, among others. This coincided with development of the first school of architecture in Dhaka, which then saw a rise of local architects in the mid-to-late 20th century who designed increasingly noteworthy buildings; now, local architects are gaining international recognition on award-winning projects. However, these works exist in a landscape beset with troubles such as rapid population growth and environmental disasters worsened by climate change. Bangladeshi architects are increasingly working for disadvantaged populations who were previously unserved by modern architecture, which provides a promising insight into how the next generation of architects can provide solutions to everyday and longstanding problems facing the country and its people.

Featuring Fuad H. Mallick, Professor and Dean of the School of Architecture and Design, BRAC University 

Moderated by Rahul Mehrotra, John T. Dunlop Professor in Housing and Urbanization, Harvard Graduate School of Design


Fuad Hassan Mallick is the Professor and Dean, School of Architecture and Design at BRAC University. He has been teaching and researching architecture for the over 30 years in Bangladesh and abroad. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and MPhil. in Housing studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and a PhD in Environment and Energy Studies Program, Architectural Association Graduate School, London, UK.