17th Annual Geoffrey Bawa Memorial Lecture
Marina Tabassum graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). She is the Academic Director of Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements.
She has taught Architectural Design in BRAC University as a visiting Faculty Member since 2005. She taught Advanced Design Studio as Visiting Professor at UTA, Texas in Fall 2015. Currently she is teaching Architectural Design at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Marina Tabassum received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2016 for her project Bait ur Rouf mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She also designed the Independence Monument of Bangladesh and the Museum of Independence during her partnership with Kashef Chowdhury in urbana. Tabassum is the principal of Bangladesh-based architecture practice MTA established in 2005. 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 – easy and quick–and works with a material palette which is carefully selected to work in the climate, the location, the culture of the people and history of the land for each project. The practice is consciously retained at an optimum size and projects undertaken are carefully chosen and are limited by number per year.