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IDS19: Talent & Diversity - Marina Tabassum: Wisdom of the Land

17 January 2019

Time: 1:00 PM, Thursday, January 17, 2019

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto

This talk is part of the IDS Conference - a comprehensive 2-day symposium with a focus on 4 specific verticals Future Cities, Experience, Technology and Talent & Diversity.

Marina Tabassum believes in the power of community, tradition and land as essential ingredients for meaningful design. In her native Bangladesh, she creates architecture that exudes a deep respect for climate and sense of place. The results are spectacular, often involving the ornamentation of surface through light, or the enrichment of spaces by empowering users with celebratory and functional communal spaces. Born in Dhaka, home to 20 million souls, Tabassum established her practice in 2005, 10 years after graduating from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), a school whose architecture curriculum is modeled after Texas A&M University. Exposed to many cultures, she understands both the universal appeal and the ethical responsibility to design for the specificity of place.


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Marina Tabassum, Founder, Marina Tabassum Architects

Marina Tabassum is the principal of Marina Tabassum Architects, a practice established in 2005 based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 1995, she founded URBANA where she was a partner for ten years. Most important project of this partnership is the Independence Monument of Bangladesh and the Museum of Independence designed in 1997 and completed in 2013. She is the academic director of the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements. Marina Tabassum won the Jameel Prize 5 in 2018. She is also a recipient of 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the Bait ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka. Her project the Pavilion Apartment was shortlisted for Aga Khan Award in 2004. Ms. Tabassum received AYA Award from India in 2004 for the project NEK10 located in Dhaka. She is a recipient of 2005 Ananya Shirshwa Dash Award, which recognizes women of Bangladesh with exceptional achievements.