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Guest Lecture Series: Marina Tabassum

Marina Tabassum

Works by Marina Tabassum

Thursday 7th October

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Marina Tabassum is the principal of Marina Tabassum Architects, a practice established in 2005 based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. MTA began its journey in the quest of establishing a language of architecture that is contemporary to the world yet rooted to the place.

Tabassum graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1995. The same year, she founded URBANA where she was a partner for ten years. Most important project of the partnership is the Independence Monument of Bangladesh and the Museum of Independence designed in 1997 and completed in 2013. She is the Academic Director of the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements. She has taught at TU Delft, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, University of Texas and in BRAC University. In 2020 Technical University of Munich conferred her with an Honorary Doctorate for her contribution in architecture practice, research and academics. Marina Tabassum served is a member of the Steering Committee of Aga Khan Awards for Architecture. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Prokritee, a guaranteed Fare Trade organization that has empowered thousands of women artisans of Bangladesh through export of handcrafted objects.

Marina Tabassum was listed among the top ten thinkers of the world in 2020 by the Prospect Magazine, UK. She won the Jameel Prize in 2018. She is also a recipient of 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the Bait ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka. Her project the Pavilion Apartment was shortlisted for Aga Khan Award in 2004. Tabassum received AYA Award from India in 2004 for the project NEK10 located in Dhaka. She is a recipient of 2005 Ananya Award, which recognizes women of Bangladesh with exceptional achievements.


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