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
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.
Award Recipients: Community (Friendship Centre) in Architecture and Plurality. Edited by Mohsen Mostafavi. Zurich: Lars Muller Publishers, 2016.
This publication features the winners and shortlisted projects for the 13h cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
This book brings together a diverse range of exemplary architectural projects from across the globe. Carefully selected and examined by a team of experts, these projects demonstrate innovative approaches that respond to the challenges and potentials of contemporary conditions and contexts.
One guiding principle of this 13th Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is the importance of plurality. Since its inception the Award has aimed to be inclusive and to embrace the engagement of a diverse group of users. But equally, it has sought projects that explore a plurality of methods and architecture in achieving that goal.
Here, the authors of the essays use that productive tension between architecture and plurality not only to provide a framework for the examination of the projects but also to explore the intellectual and projective means by which architecture are plurality can find other common grounds in the future.