The declaration of IAB Awards 2023 announced

Abu Sufian

Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) announced the name of the winners and distributed prizes of its highest honour “IAB Gold Medal 2023, IAB Awards 2023, and IAB Interior Design Awards 2023” on recently. The award ceremony was held at the grand ballroom of InterContinental Hotel in Dhaka. With the presence of distinguished professional and researcher architects, the winners of “IAB Gold Medal 2023,” different categories of “IAB Awards 2023” and “IAB Interior Design Awards 2023” were announced and awards were handed over to the winners.

The process of the award started from 25 October 2023. No names were proposed from the IAB Gold Medal Committee 2023 for the “IAB Gold Medal 2023.” For the 12 categories of “IAB Awards 2023,” the IAB fellows and members nominated 65 constructed projects (category 1-11) and 17 publications (category 12). A five-member judge panel evaluated the category 1-11 (constructed projects) whereas category 12 (publication) was evaluated by a three-member judge panel.

‘IAB Interior Design Awards 2023’ winning architects are: Mahmudul Anwar Riyaad, Mamnoon Murshed Chowdhury, Daniel Haque and Mazhar Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury were awarded in ‘retail’ category for their project ‘PMG Gallery, Tejgaon.’ Mustafa Ameen, Md. Kaisar Hossain, Kazi Meftahul Arefin, Adnan Ferdous Haque and Mahmud Hossain were awarded in ‘Hospitality & Health Care’ category for their project ‘Sairu Hill Resort, Bandarban.’

‘IAB Awards 2023’ went to Md. Mohataz Hossain in the ‘research’ category for his research titled ‘Thermal comfort guidelines for production spaces within multi-storey garment factories located in Bangladesh’; Nasreen Hossain and Mahmudul Anwar Riyaad were also awarded in ‘publication’ category for their publication titled ‘Fifty Years of Architecture in Bangladesh.’

The judges selected two projects from the ‘conservation and revitalization’ category for ‘IAB Awards 2023’. Abu Sayeed M. Ahmed, Md. Sarwar Hossain, Md. Khaled Shams Khan and Md. Masrur Mamun Hossain were awarded for their project ‘Conservation of Baro Sarder Bari, Sonargaon;’ Naim Ahmed Kibria, Asia Karim, Mohammad Mahmudul Islam and Md. Bapparaj Chowdhury were also awarded for the ‘Meer Manzil, Mohammadpur, Dhaka’ project.

Professor Dr. Khandaker Shabbir Ahmed, President, IAB, said, “Architects are playing an invaluable role in enriching the architecture scene of Bangladesh. Their imagination and technical knowledge contribute significantly to achieving sustainable development in this sector. To inspire them, IAB has introduced the most prestigious award in Bangladesh’s architecture arena. We honored to be part of this journey of the talented architects while addressing public interest of the century through future endeavors.”

Nabi Newaz Khan, General Secretary, IAB, said, The IAB Architecture Awards celebrate the works of visionary architects who have pushed the boundaries of creativity and sustainability by their projects. Additionally, the IAB Interior Design Awards showcase the outstanding talent and craftsmanship of the interior designers, setting new standards of aesthetic appeal and functionality.

Budhaditya Mukherjee, Country Head, Asian Paints, said, Architects are instrumental in crafting the most exquisite and habitable environments in our communities. The IAB Awards stand as a testament to their ingenuity and innovative contribution. We are honored to be a part of this esteemed award ceremony organized by the IAB. Asian Paints remains committed to enhancing our living spaces through a fusion of advanced technology and creative vision.”

50 years ago, IAB was formed with only a few architect members. Currently, its membership has increased to five thousand and three hundred members. IAB’s highest award for architects is the IAB Gold Medal. It is awarded every two years to architects in recognition of their lifetime contribution to architecture.

Asian Paints Bangladesh Limited is the exclusive partner of this award ceremony. In recognizing the profound impact of architects on the creation of livable and aesthetically pleasing habitats, the company’s involvement renews its commitment to celebrating architectural brilliance.

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