Since its inception, one of the core focuses of Bengal Institute is to bring to the general people an elevated idea of design through public exhibitions and various innovative installations, both locally and internationally. Over time, the Institute has organised six major public exhibitions in Bangladesh, one international traveling exhibition, and participated in a few international group exhibitions. Public exhibitions have a massive impact on people about understanding their cities, surroundings, and learning about the motives that create design and planning decisions. Such programs are also major instruments of cultural exchange. We aim to continue, develop, and emphasise the value of exhibitions and installations. Salauddin Ahmed has been a key figure in designing those exhibitions, and carrying out the mission of the programs around the exhibition.
Salauddin Ahmed is a prominent Bangladeshi architect. Ahmed received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Architecture degree from Portland State University, in Portland, Oregon, USA and his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After graduation, he worked in the office of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, in Philadelphia, as well as the Urban Planning Department of the City of Portland, Oregon. Presently he runs his architectural practice at his own firm Atelier Robin Architects based in Dhaka.
He is also the founding member of Mongolbarer Shabha, a Lecture Forum on Architecture, in Bangladesh since 2006, and the executive founding member of the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements since 2015. Ahmed is deeply involved in the various academic and public programs of the Institute.
Ahmed’s works inquire the aspects of discovery vs. invention in the practice of architecture and its overlapping boundaries. He maintains a multi-disciplinary approach in the practice of architecture. Some of his notable projects include Karim Residence in Bashundhara, lshtiaq Residence in Nikunja, Head Office of Concern Worldwide in Gulshan, the various Cafe Mangos in Dhaka, etc.
While he focuses on constantly solving problems by design innovation, he is well known in the design and art community for his attitude towards hand-crafting solutions from scratch involving local materials with local masons, craftsmen and artisans. The result of each of these endeavours of critically thinking and designing every detail of a project brings out unique designs that transcends the boundaries of art and function.
Salauddin Ahmed is actively involved with artists, photographers and people in other creative fields, through which he draws inspiration and connects various art forms. He has experience in curating and designing exhibitions in diverse mediums and formats.
Bengal Institute is delighted to have Salauddin Ahmed as the Director of Curatorial and Design Program, and looks forward to many wonderful explorations and expositions of the world of design.