ARCHITECT MUZHARUL ISLAM
FULL NAME : Muzharul Islam
DATE OF BIRTH : 25 December,1923
DIED : 15 July, 2012
FATHER'S NAME : Late Professor Omdatul Islam
MOTHER'S NAME : Late Mrs.Zakia Khatoon
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1942 : Bachelor of Science, Calcutta, University, Calcutta.
1946 : Bachelor of Engineering, Calcutta University, Calcutta.
1952 : Bachelor of Architecture, Oregon University, USA .
1957 : Post Graduate3 Certificate in Tropical Architecture, A.A. School of
Architecture London, UK.
1950-52 : Scholarship under Post-War Development
1956- 57 : British Council Scholarship for studying
Tropical Architecture at the A.A. School of Architecture,
1961 : Rockefeller Fellowship for studying the state of Contemporary
Architecture in Europe.
1958-64 : Senior Architect of the former Government of East Pakistan.
1953-54 : Visiting Professor, Ahsanullah College of Engineering and
Technology (at present it is Bangladesh University of Science and Technology), Dhaka.
1962-64 : Member, Academic Council, University of Engineering and
SOME OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT WORKS :
1953-55 : The College of Arts and Crafts, Dhaka (at present it is the ‘Institute of Fine Arts’ of the University of Dhaka), Bangladesh
1953-54 : Public Library (at present Dhaka University Library), Dhaka,
1963-64 : Plan for Khilgaon Railway Rehabilitation Zone, Dhaka,
1963-64 : Plan for new Rangamati Town, Chittagong Hill Tracts,
1962 : Housing of Fourth Class Employees, Azimpur Estate, Dhaka,
1964 : Architect's Residence, Dhaka.
1963-65 : BCSIR Laboratory Buildings , Dhaka .
1969: National Institute of Public Administration Building, Dhaka
1965-71 : 14 storied Head Quarters Building, Agricultural Development
Corporation, Motijheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
1965-71 : 27 storied EFU Building (Jiban Bima Bhaban) Project,
Motijheel, Dhaka , Bangladesh .
1966-78 : Five polytechnics at Rangpur, Bogra, Pabna, Sylhet and
Barishal (in collaboration with Arch. Stanley Tigerman).
1965-71 : Road Research Laboratories, Dhaka .
1968-71 : Chittagong University Master Plan and designs of Students'
Hostel, Humanities Building , Science Building, Administrative
Building , Readers' Quarters, VC's Quarters, Professors' Quarters.
1967-70 : Jahangirnagar University Master Plan and designs of
students' Hostel, Readers Quarters, Fourth Class Employees.
1968-71 : Housing for Rooppur Atomic Energy Complex.
1978 : Joypurhat Limestone and cement Project
Master Plan Housing for 200 officers Housing for 1700
employees Clinic and Hospital Bazaar and Mosque
1978-79 : National Library, Sher-e Bangla Nagar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
1980-84 : National Archives, Sher-e Bangla Nagar, Dhaka,
1987 : Office Building for the World Bank, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
1995 : 20 storied “Garden City” Project, Dhaka.
EDUCATIONAL AND OTHER ACTIVITIES:
1953-60 : Active role for setting up a college of Architecture.
1962 up to date: Jury Member, for many final year projects, present
From 1980: Joined Seminars organized by the Aga Khan Awards: Jakarta,
Jordan, Cairo, Morocco and Dhaka.
From 1983 : One of the main organizer for setting up to date “CHETANA”
–an architectural study group.
1996 : As President of “CHETANA” organized documentation of the
remains of the ancient buildings in Bangladesh, with the help of the other
members of the Executive Committee.
1998 : Publication of the book “Pundranagar to Sher-e-Bangla Nagar” by
1998 : Exhibition of drawings and photographs of the buildings surveyed
1998 : Exhibition of Islam's Work in New York (Architectural League of
New York), Philadelphia and Chicago.
1972 up to date: Working actively for the laws and control of
Architecture as a profession in Bangladesh.
1972 up to date: Working as activist for laws for the total physical
Planning of the country.
HONORS AND AWARDS :
1970 : Chairman, Advisory Panel on Building Construction. Housing
Architecture and Physical Planning Fourth Five Year Plan, Pakistan.
1968-69: President, Institute of Architects Pakistan.
1972 - up to date: Member, Institute of Architects, Bangladesh.
1970: Member, Jury Board for the Selection of the Best Design of the
Grand Mosque, Islamabad, Pakistan.
1972-75: President, Institute of Architects Bangladesh.
1976-80: President, Institute of Architects Bangladesh.
1980: Member, Master Jury, First Aga Khan Award, Geneva.
1980 : Member, Jury Board for the Selection of the Best Design of
the Monument at Savar.
1981 : Member, Jury Board for the selection of the best design for
the H.Q. Building of the lslamic Development Bank, Jeddah.
1981 : Member. International Jury Board for the selection of the
best design for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
1989: Citation by the indian institute of Architects ,west Bengal Chapter,
as the outstanding Architect from the south Asian countries for his
devoted architectural works and dedication to generate Architectural
1993: Awarded Gold Medal to a member Architect for the first time by the
Institute of Architects, Bangladesh
1997 : Member, Jury Board for the selection of the best design for
Victory Monument at Suhrawardi Uddyan, Dhaka.
1999 : Member, Board of Governors, National Museum, Dhaka.
1999 – Received JK cement architect’s award.
-Awarded the Honorable Fellowship, American Institute of
Architects at the National convention of the Institute at Dallas,
Texas, USA .
- Awarded the independence Day Award, Bangladesh.
- Awarded the Grand Master Award at the South Asian
Architecture Award Ceremony at Jaipur, India.
2003 : His 80th birthday ceremony was publicly celebrated at the
premises of his first project 'Fine Arts Institute Dhaka', organized
by the Institute of Architects, Bangladesh.
2005 : A documentary film 'The Architect' on Architect Muzharul
Islam's life and works was released on the occasion of his 82nd birthday. The film was directed by Architect Enamul Karim Nirjhar.
-- Encyclopedia Britannica Volume 22, 15th Editions 1986, page- 99.
-- Architectural Review, London, April 1960, Page-155.
-- Environments, Volume 19, Number 2, 1988, University of Waterloo,
Ontario, Canada, Page-55 to 60.
-- Architecture + Design, New Delhi, India, May-June, 1988, page- 26 to 32
-- “Tri-Matra” yearly publication of the students of the Faculty of
Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology,
page-7 to 14.
-- Daily “Sangbad”, Dhaka, 23 December, 1993, Page-12.
-- Daily “Bhorer Kagoj”, Dhaka, 24 December, 1993, Page-9.
-- Daily “Banglar Bani”, Dhaka, 7 March, 1994, Page-1.
-- Daily “Bhorer Kagoj”, Dhaka, 7 March, 1994, Page-12.
-- Weekly “Holiday”, Dhaka, 31 December, 1993, Page-6.
-- Daily “Star”, Dhaka, August, 2000.
-- Lecturer, re: Exhibition of Works of Four Architects of the Indian
Sub-Continent; New York, Philadelphia, 1997.
-- Lecturer, re: Exhibition of Architecture in Bangladesh, “Pundranagar” to
Sher-e-Bangla Nagar (350 B.C. to present time), 1997.
-- An Architecture of Independence : The Making of Modern South Asia,
1997, University of Pennsylvania.
-- The India International Centre Quarter: Monsoon 1997, Volume- 24,
-- Architect Muzharul Islam and Chicago Architect Stanly Tigerman did the
elaborate study on typology and tectonics, ecology, climate and
materials. Their study resulted in a major report, which was featured in
the September 1968 issue of “Architectural Record".
-- An article on works and phylosophies of Muzharul Islam published in the online global architects forum ArchSociety.com (CLICK HERE to visit) on 01 February 2007.
-- An article on Muzharul Islam was published in renowned magazine Docomomo in their Journal-37 (September 2009) entitled “The Voice of the Modern Bengali: Architect Muzharul Islam”. It was written by Nasheet Rumy and Mohammed Andalib Saadullah.
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