Learning from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture: Fall 2021 Session

Mon 1 Nov - Tue 30 Nov' 21

Bengal Institute, with Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), is organising a special course on architecture that shapes our thinking and practice.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture remains one of the most influential institutions shaping the discourse of architecture today. Through the awards program, as well as conferences and publications, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture set the tone of how architecture should take shape in the culture and life-world of a region. Being some of the most impactful works in the last several decades, Aga Khan Award winning projects have provided guiding principles to many architects and students.

Sponsored by the Education Programme of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), Bengal Institute will be organising a month-long academic session that offers a unique opportunity of learning about the program. Using the rich archive and resources of the Award program, and bringing together award winning architects, and prominent scholars as faculties, and members of the communities benefited by the Award, the Session will offer a unique learning experience.


Howayda al-Harithy, scholar on Arab cities and professor at American University at Beirut, Lebanon
Katharine Bartsch, Associate Head at School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Adelaide, Australia
Saif Ul Haque, architect, Dhaka
Perween Hasan, art historian and VC Central Women’s University, Dhaka
Konrad Ng, executive director, Shangri La, Honolulu, USA
Suha Ozkan, architect and former secretary-general of the Aga Khan Award, Turkey
Eike Roswag-Klinge, architect, Berlin
Hasan-Uddin Khan, architect, writer, and former editor of MIMAR magazine, USA.
Shahira Fahmy, principal of Shahira Fahmy Architects, Egypt
Adnan Morshed, professor, Catholic University of America, Washington DC, USA.
Marina Tabassum, architect, Dhaka
Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, Bengal Institute, Dhaka

…..and more speakers to be announced soon!

Date: November 2021
Time: Evening sessions, 3 to 4 times a week
Fee: The program will be free of charge; a nominal administrative fee will be required.
Mode: Online classes, with some outdoor activities such as site visits, depending on the circumstances with regards to the pandemic.

Registration Process:

  1. Submit the online form below and wait for the selection email. You will have to answer 1 essay question as part of the application. We might also ask for additional documents to submit or call for an interview (online or in-person).
  2. After the selection you will be informed about the payment options. Pay and confirm your admission.Application deadline: 16th October, 2021