Marina Tabassum

Aga Khan Design Critic in Architecture

Marina Tabassum is the principal of Marina Tabassum Architects (MTA), a practice 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. MTA stands against the global pressure of Industrial materials; thus the material palette – the climate, the location, the culture of the people, history of the land. The practice is consciously kept and retained in an optimum size and projects undertaken are carefully chosen and are limited by number per year. The projects done and at hand are varied, ranging from Master Planning of Eco Resort to twelve story residential blocks.

Marina is the Academic Director of Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements. She has conducted design studios at BRAC University since 2005. She taught Advanced Design Studio as Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.

With Kashef Chowdhury, Marina designed the Independence Monument of Bangladesh and Liberation War Museum during her partnership in URBANA from 1995 to 2005. She was a 2016 recipient of Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the project Bait ur Rouf Mosque. Her project A5, Pavilion Apartment was a finalist of Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004. The same year she received the Sirswa Das, Top Ten Women of Bangladesh Award. She received Architect of the Year Award from India for the project NEK 10 in 2002.

Marina Tabassum has lectured and presented her works and ideas of Architecture in various prestigious international architecture forums and events that include Roros Seminar in Norway, National Conference of Royal Australian Institute of Architects in Perth, Architecture Foundation of Australia in Melbourne, Cite de l’Architecture in Paris, Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel, Architecture League of New York.