Bashirul Haq

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Bashirul Haq
Bashirul Haq.jpg
Haq at studio
Born (1942-06-24) 24 June 1942 (age 76)
Brahmanbaria, Bengal Presidency, British India
Nationality Bangladeshi
Alma mater National College of Arts
University of New Mexico
Occupation Architect, educator
Awards Aga Khan Award for Architecture Three times nominated
Practice Bashirul Haq and Associates
Buildings Bhatshala House
Kalindi Apartments
Chayanaut Bhaban
ASA Head Office Building

Bashirul Haq (born 24 June 1942) is a Bangladeshi architect, planner and educator. His architectural works are known for ideological environment-responsive architectural style.

Early life[edit]

Haq was born in Brahmanbaria. His father was a Deputy Collector of Sylhet district. For the reason, Haq spent a major childhood time there. He completed his Bachelor of Architecture from National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan in 1964. He received ′John Heimrich Tuition, Scholarship′ and Teaching Assistantship at University of New Mexico, US in 1971 and completed his Master of Architecture from the university in 1975.[1]

Career[edit]

Haq (4th from right) at Architecture, SUST jury session
Haq with Ken Yeang

After completing masters degree, Haq started working for the firm Kallmann McKinnell. He was interested to go back to homeland. But, another Bangladeshi American engineer FR Khan discouraged him to return to Bangladesh, a newly independent war devastated country. Khan, the then partner of SOM instead interviewed and advised Haq to join there. Khan suggested him to visit Europe and return to USA. But Haq flew to Bangladesh from Europe and started practicing architecture. He established Bashirul Haq & Associates in 1977.[2] For several years not visiting USA, in 1989, he visited Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an invited design critic.

In his 45 years of professional career Haq has designed more than 300 buildings. He admits that, at his young age, the works of Alvar Aalto and Aldo Rossi inspired him most. Haq's architectural style is celebrated for holding cultural roots, respecting local context, urban sustainability and the use of natural light and air. His designed buildings are characterized by extensive use of tactile materials such as hand made brick, rough concrete and natural woods.

Architectural works
Chhayanaut, Dhaka 
MIDAS Tower, Dhanmondi, Dhaka 
Asra Apartments, Dhanmondi, Dhaka 
East West University, Dhaka 

Selected works[edit]

Residential[edit]

  • Architect's Family Home and Studio, Indira Road, Dhaka
  • Bhatshala House (Architect's village home), Brahmanbaria
  • Ramna Apartment Complex, Moghbazar, Dhaka
  • Century Apartment Complex, Moghbazar, Dhaka
  • Century Tower, Moghbazar, Dhaka
  • Lake View Apartment Complex, Dhanmondi, Dhaka
  • Segunbagicha Apartment Complex, Segunbagicha, Dhaka
  • Kalindi Apartment Complex, 36 Indira Road, Dhaka
  • Gulshan Pride, Gulshan, Dhaka
  • Dhanshiri Apartment Complex, 35 Indira Road, Dhaka
  • Asra Apartments, Dhanmondi, Dhaka

Office[edit]

  • 20-storied Association for Social Advancement (ASA) Head Office Building
  • 20-storied Head Office Building of Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC), Dilkusha C/A., Dhaka
  • 20-storied Head Office Building of People's Insurance Company Ltd. (PICL), Dilkusha C/A., Dhaka
  • Projects under Cyclone Related Disaster Preparedness Programme
  • Community Development Centre at Kutubdia, Moghnama and Moheshkhali and Cox's Bazar
  • German Red Cross Community Based Multipurpose Cyclone Shelters at Tolatoli, Kachubunia and Khandkar Para, Teknaf, Cox's Bazar
  • Cyclone resistant Housing in 6 Locations at Cox's Bazar district
  • MIDAS Center, Dhanmondi, Dhaka

Physical planning[edit]

  • Physical Planning of 3 Nos. Upazilas namely Katiadi, Kuliarchar & Bajitpur under Kishoregonj
  • Physical Planning of 3 Nos. Upazila namely Nagarkanda, Alphadanga and Charvadrashan under Faridpur
  • Physical Planning of Faridpur District

Institutes[edit]

  • Facilities for American International and Secondary School, Baridhara, Dhaka
  • Hostel cum-Seminar Facilities Hosted People's Health Assembly
  • Shabuj Shona Center, Manikgonj
  • Training Center for Nijerakori, Bogra
  • Chhayanaut Bhaban, Dhanmondi, Dhaka
  • Sunbeams School, Uttara, Dhaka
  • East West University, Dhaka

Consultancy[edit]

  • Central Diesel Workshop and Housing Project for Bangladesh Railway
  • US Chancery Building, Dhaka. Kallmann McKinnell & Wood, USA
  • Rail II Project for Bangladesh Railway. Dhaka, Parbatipur, Pahartali, Ishurdi. International Rail Consultant,Canada.
  • GMP Standard Factory Design at Tongi for Beximco Pharmaceutical Ltd. Tongi. CMPS&F Pty Ltd., Australia.

Awards and honors[edit]

Publications[edit]

  • 1994 “Battling the Storm – Study on Cyclone Resistance Housing“. Published by the German Red Cross, 1999.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bashirul Haq & Associates Ltd". architecturebd.com. Archived from the original on 2008-10-13. 
  2. ^ Sthyapatya o Nirman, journal published by Institute of Architects, Bangladesh, July–September edition 1992
  3. ^ Ashraf, Kazi K. (1989). "Muzharul Islam, Kahn and Architecture in Bangladesh". Worldview. The Architectural League of New York. Archived from the original on 2016-12-31. 
  4. ^ "Holcim Bangladesh launches "Holcim Green Built Bangladesh" contest". Holcim Group. Archived from the original on 2013-02-02. 
  5. ^ http://archive.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=142979