is a social phenomenon that demands total accountability.
The triangular relationship among the architect, the client
and the society is complex but the ultimate challenge of the
architect is to remove the complexity and bring in a harmony
among the three, says Rafiq Azam, an architect who has been
making waves both at home and abroad.
has been awarded with some of the most prestigious national
and international awards for his projects in Dhaka. The young
architect who graduated from BUET in 1989 won the Cityscape
Architectural Review Commenda-tion Award 2004" for the
project Khazedewan apartment building in the old part of Dhaka.
Azam became the first ever Bangladeshi to win such an award
in an international design competition jointly administered
by the London based Architectural Review and Cityscape 2004,
Dubai. In the same year Azam was one of the 23 finalists in
the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, one of the highest architectural
awards in the world.
that the triangular harmony generates a place, which can influence
shaping a healthy social behavioral pattern. Every object,
including a tree, a pavement, a car, a structure, a boundary
wall represents dialogues that reflects upon the mind of a
passerby. For instance, a high boundary wall is an instant
symbol of rejection, distrust and disrespect, which eventually
ends up forming a fragile society."
would always need buildings but the designs must help develop
a friendship between the people and environment. From a friendly
environment children, the future generations could learn to
talents in the field of architecture was put beyond question
when he won the "South Asian Architecture Commendation
Award in 1997", "Focus Countries' Young Architect's
Award in 1999, and Focus Countries' Commendation Award"
in 2003. These awards were instituted by J K Cement, India.
No Bangladeshi architect had ever won J K Cement awards thrice
before. Azam also won Institute of Architect Bangladesh Design
Award 1996 when the institute started the award for the first
professional feat of Azam started back in 1987, when he fetched
the first award in an Architectural competition organised
by the M.I.T Harvard University, USA and CHETNA, Dhaka.
artist, Azam as a child and a young man between the years
1975 and 1989 won three international awards for his artworks,
including the Jawharlal Nehru Memorial Gold Medal from Shankar's
International Children's Competition in India. Nationally,
his artworks won six prestigious awards.
there was no better news when in 2004 he heard from Architect
Glenn Murcutt, a world famous Pritzker award winner (considered
Noble Prize for Architecture) to attend "Glenn Murcutt
Master Class" in Australia. Azam was one of the thirty
globally selected architects to attend the class conducted
by Glenn Murcutt himself.
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