Working in a landscape defined by water. Hospital Satkhira Friendship by Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA

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Architects
Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA. Lead Architect.- Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury, Principal.
Design team
Sharif Jahir Hossain, Anup Kumar Basak, Ahsan Habib.
Collaborators
Engineering Advisor.- Md. Sefaul Alam, KMA Bari.
Supervision.- Amrul Hasan, Md. Ali, Md. Ahsanul Haq.
Structural Design.- Zayedur Rahim.
Electrical Engineer.- Zafar Ahmed.
Plumbing Engineer.- Prodip Kumar Haldar.
Contractor
Hasan and Sons and Golam Mostafa Ltd J.V.
Area
4,777 m².
Dates
Date of completion.- April 2018.
Location
Shyamnagar Upazila, Bangladesh.
Photography
Asif Salman.

Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury. Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury/Urbana

Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury was born in Dhaka, the son of a civil engineer, growing up in Bangladesh and the Middle East before graduating in architecture from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 1995. In 2006, he attended the Glenn Murcutt Masterclass in Sydney. After working with architect Uttam Kumar Saha, he established the practice URABANA in partnership in 1995 and from 2004 has continued as the sole Principal of the firm. Chowdhury is married to Rajrupa Chowdhury, an Indian classical musician of the instrument Sarod. They have a son.

Kashef Chowdhury has a studio based practice whose works find root in history with strong emphasis on climate, materials and context - both natural and human. Projects in the studio are given extended time for research so as to reach a level of innovation and original expression. Works range from conversion of ship and low cost raised settlements in 'chars' to training centre, mosque, art gallery, museum, residences and multi-family housing to corporate head offices. Chowdhury has been a visiting faculty at the North South University and BRAC University, both in Bangladesh and has been a juror in final year crits in universities in Dhaka. He was twice finalist in the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and has won first prize in Architectural Review's AR+D Emerging Architecture Award 2012.

Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury takes an active interest in art and in 2004 presented a lecture series 'Aspects of Contemporary Art in Germany' at the Goethe Institut, Dhaka. He has worked as a professional photographer and has held seven solo exhibitions. He has designed and published three books: Around Dhaka, 2004; Plot Number Fifty Six, 2009 and The Night of Fifteen November, 2011 - a photographic and recorded account of some survivors of the cyclone SIDR in the coastal areas of Bangladesh.
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