Tabassum graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
(BUET) in 1995. The same year, with Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury, she founded
URBANA, an architecture practice based in Dhaka. In 1997, her second year into
practice, the firm won a prestigious national competition to design the
Independence Monument of Bangladesh and the Liberation War Museum.
Tabassum ended her ten-year partnership in URBANA to establish MTA (Marina
Tabassum Architects). MTA began its journey in the quest to establish a
language of architecture that is contemporary to the world yet rooted to the
place. The practice is consciously kept and retained at an optimum size, and
projects undertaken are carefully chosen and are limited by number per year.
Tabassum is the academic director of the Bengal Institute for Architecture,
Landscapes and Settlements. She has conducted design studios in BRAC University
since 2005. She taught an Advanced Design Studio as visiting professor at the University