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Bashirul Haq

Bashirul Haq
Bashirul Haq at studio
Born (1942-06-24) 24 June 1942
Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh
Nationality Bangladeshi
Alma mater National College of Arts
University of New Mexico
Occupation Architect
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, Bhatshala, Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh) is a Bangladeshi architect, planner and educator. He is undoubtedly one of the most critically acclaimed contemporary architect of South Asia, known for his ideological environment-responsive architectural style.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Selected works 3
    • Residential 3.1
    • Office 3.2
    • Physical planning 3.3
    • Institutes 3.4
    • Consultancy 3.5
  • Awards & Honors 4
  • Publications 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7

Early life

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

Bashirul Haq was born to a respectable family in Brahmanbaria. His father was the Deputy Collector of Sylhet district. For the reason, Haq spent a large span of childhood 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]


Fazlur Rahman Khan, partner of SOM requested Haq to join there. But he returned to Bangladesh and established Bashirul Haq & Associates in 1977 and started practising architecture.[2] 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 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 characterised by extensive use of tactile materials such as hand made brick, rough concrete and natural woods.

Selected works


  • 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


  • 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

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 & Honors

  • Aga Khan Award for Architecture, shortlisted in 1980, 1992 and 2001[3]
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Fazlur Rahman Khan Foundation, Dhaka[1]
  • Became part of an International Exhibit Entitled 5000 years of Pakistan
  • Chairman of the jury board, Holcim Green Built Bangladesh Award[4][5]


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

See also


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  2. ^ Sthyapatya o Nirman, journal published by Institute of Architects, Bangladesh, July–September edition 1992
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