Bashirul Haq

Bashirul Haq

Haq at studio
Born (1942-06-24) 24 June 1942
Brahmanbaria, Bengal Presidency, British India
Nationality Bangladeshi
Alma mater National College of Arts
University of New Mexico
Occupation Architect, educator
Awards Aga Khan Award for Architecture Three times nominated
Practice Bashirul Haq and Associates
Buildings Bhatshala House
Kalindi Apartments
Chayanaut Bhaban
ASA Head Office Building

Bashirul Haq (born 24 June 1942) is a Bangladeshi architect, planner and educator. He is noted for ideological environment-responsive architectural style.

Early life

Haq was born in Brahmanbaria. His father was a Deputy Collector of Sylhet district. For the reason, Haq spent a lot of childhood time there. He completed his Bachelor of Architecture from National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan in 1964. He received ′John Heimrich Tuition, Scholarship′ and Teaching Assistantship at University of New Mexico, US in 1971 and completed his Master of Architecture from the university in 1975.[1]


Haq (4th from right) at Architecture, SUST jury session

Fazlur Rahman Khan, partner of SOM requested Haq to join there. But he returned to Bangladesh and established Bashirul Haq & Associates in 1977 and started practicing architecture.[2] In 1989, he visited Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an invited design critic.

In his 45 years of professional career Haq has designed more than 300 buildings. He admits that, at his young age, the works of Alvar Aalto inspired him most. Haq's architectural style is celebrated for holding cultural roots, respecting local context, urban sustainability and the use of natural light and air. His designed buildings are characterized by extensive use of tactile materials such as hand made brick, rough concrete and natural woods.

Selected works



Physical planning



Awards & Honors


See also


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