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November Talks Zoom lecture 03.12.20 — Marina Tabassum

Join Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum on Zoom where she will be discussing what influences and inspires her, how she designs and what forms her practice.

The lecture will take place on Zoom at 6pm, Thursday 3 December. RSVP is essential. Sign up here

Marina Tabassum

Marina Tabassum is the principal of Marina Tabassum Architects, a practice established in 2005 based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. MTA began its journey in the quest for establishing a language of architecture that is contemporary to the world yet rooted to place.

Marina graduated from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1995. The same year, she founded URBANA where she was a partner for ten years. The most important project of the partnership is the Independence Monument of Bangladesh and the Museum of Independence designed in 1997 and completed in 2013.

Marina is the Academic Director of the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements. She has taught at TU Delft, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, University of Texas and in BRAC University. She has served as a member of the Steering Committee of Aga Khan Awards for Architecture. Marina is also a member of the Board of Directors of Prokritee, a guaranteed Fair Trade organization that has empowered thousands of women artisans of Bangladesh through the export of handcrafted objects.

In 2018 Marina won the Jameel Prize 5. She is also a recipient of 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which she won for the Bait ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka. Another project, a Pavilion Apartment, was shortlisted for Aga Khan Award in 2004. Marina also received the AYA Award from India in 2004 for the project NEK10 in Dhaka and the following year, was a recipient of 2005 Ananya Award, which recognizes women of Bangladesh with exceptional achievements.

November Talks

The November talks is a series of lectures starting in mid-November and running through to early December. Made possible by the Sto Foundation, this series focuses on how the world’s foremost designers go about designing and what inspires their practice.