To commemorate the five decades of formal architectural education in the country, the Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) launched a proposal for a publication on 50 years of architectural works in Bangladesh. The book Fifty Years of Architecture in Bangladesh primarily showcases 50 significant works of architecture, created in Bangladesh between 1962 and 2012. It gives an insight into the shaping of a new trend of Bengali modernism through 7 significant works of Muzharul Islam and 50 nationally and internationally recognized projects by BUET alumni and a few expatriate architects. It depicts the trends of architecture that have consistently developed with the passage of time. The editors presented fifty significant architectural projects spanning the first five decades since the inception of institutional architectural education in this country and made a successful attempt of setting the framework against which architectural practice and pedagogy flourished in Bangladesh.
Mahmudul Anwar Riyaad is an associate professor at the Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), where he is currently the coordinator of the History Theory and Criticism Division in the postgraduate program. He obtained his MArch in Architectural Design from Bartlett, UCL, as a Chevening Scholar in 1998 and his BArch from BUET in 1995. His academic interest focuses on architectural design studios. Riyaad has won architectural design competitions and awards, including AB Design Award, JK Cement Award, Berger Award for Excellence in Architecture, etc. He was a member of the Board of Architectural Education, BAE (2018-20) and also served the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) as its Publication Secretary (2012-14) and Education Secretary (2014-18).
Nasreen Hossain is a professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). She is a BUET graduate and obtained her Ph.D as a Commonwealth Scholar from the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, UCL, UK in 2001. Professor Nasreen's academic and research interest lies in urban morphology, urban retail environment, and informal urbanism. Her publications based on empirical studies in these fields depicts her keen interest in searching for behavioural dynamics and economics of space mechanism in shaping spatially sustainable urban environment. She was the Editor of Journal of Architecture, a peer-reviewed research journal published by the Department of Architecture, BUET. She has served as the head of the Department of