Architect Kashef raises country’s image abroad: Salman

Salman Fazlur Rahman, Private Industry and Investment Adviser to the Prime Minister, congratulated architect Kashef Mahbub Chowdhury today for being awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

In a congratulatory message, he said that architect Kashef Mahbub Chowdhury has raised Bangladesh’s image before the world as the Friendship Hospital of Shyamnagar Upazila, Satkhira, Bangladesh has been recognized as the ‘Best New Building in the World’ of 2021, said a press release.

He mentioned that Kashef is an architect with unique creative ability who always thinks of doing something different. Kashef’s thinking is not limited to the construction of buildings rather his new idea has opened the door to construct environment-friendly establishments with easy ventilation facilities, he said.

The adviser said that other architects will come forward to construct new eco-friendly buildings at a cheaper cost following the footprint of

Mr Kashef’s new invention and idea.

The award is given to an organization that sets an example around the world and can have a positive impact on the society.

The jury has described Satkhira Friendship Hospital, established in a climate effected remote area in the southern part of Bangladesh, a ‘humanitarian architecture’.

The adviser also said that Architect Kashef, who has already won many accolades, including the Aga Khan Award, would upright the country’s flag many more times with his extraordinary creativity.

Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury graduated in architecture from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 1995 and, after working with architect Uttam Kumar Saha, he established the practice URBANA in partnership in 1995 and, from 2004, has continued as the sole principal of the firm. Kashef Chowdhury has a studio-based practice whose works find root in history with a strong emphasis on climate, materials and context – both natural and human. Projects in the studio are given extended time for research so as to reach a level of innovation and original expression. Works range from the conversion of a ship and low-cost raised settlements in “chars” to a training centre, mosque, art gallery, museum, residences and multi-family housing, as well as corporate head offices. Chowdhury has been a visiting faculty member at the North South University and BRAC University, both in Bangladesh. In 2006, he attended a Glenn Murcutt masterclass in Sydney, Australia. He has twice been a finalist in the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and won first prize in Architectural Review’s AR+D Emerging Architecture Award 2012.

Chowdhury takes an active interest in art and in 2004 presented a lecture series Aspects of Contemporary Art in Germany at the Goethe Institut, Dhaka. He has worked as a professional photographer and has held seven solo exhibitions. He has designed and published three books: Around Dhaka, 2004; Plot Number Fifty Six, 2009 and The Night of Fifteen November, 2011 – a photographic and recorded account of some survivors of the cyclone SIDR in the coastal areas of Bangladesh.

DHAKA, Jan 29, 2022 (BSS)

Kashef Chowdhury

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