We are saddened by the passing of renowned architect and educator Bashirul Haq.
Born in 24 June 1942, Haq completed his Bachelor of Architecture from the National College of Arts, Pakistan, in 1964. He went on to receive a John Heinrich Tuition, Scholarship and Teaching Assistantship, at University of New Mexico, United States, in 1971, and later completed his Master’s in Architecture from there in 1975.
He was best known for an ideological environment-responsive architectural style. He played a pivotal role in shaping the modern architectural language of Bangladesh and his works and teachings continue to have deep influence among architects today.
Haq, throughout a career over four decades, has designed more than 300 buildings. His works include Chhayanaut, MIDAS Tower, and East West University, among numerous others. He was nominated for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, in 1980, 1992 and 2001; and received the Hamidur Rahman Memorial Award in 2018, among many other citations and awards.
Haq was a member of Bengal Institute’s Master Faculty, having taught design studios at the Institute, and being involved in all major events and activities.
He passed away on 4 April 2020, at the age of 77. Haq is survived by his wife, Professor Firdous Azim; Chair, Department of English and Humanities at BRAC University; and his two sons.