Winning project, Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022

The Women Friendly Space (Camp 4ext) comprises spaces for skill development, community-based protection (CBP) ...

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Asif Salman

Saif Ul Haque, Architect, Saif Ul Haque Sthapati, Bangladesh is presented an Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 certificate for the Arcadia Education Project, South Kanarchor, Bangladesh, by His Highness the Aga Khan and Mintimer Shaimiev, State Counselor of the Republic of Tatarstan.

Kirill Mikhailov

Razia Alam, Chairperson, Maleka Welfare Trust, Bangladesh is presented an Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 certificate for the Arcadia Education Project, South Kanarchor, Bangladesh, by His Highness the Aga Khan and Mintimer Shaimiev, State Counselor of the Republic of Tatarstan.

Kirill Mikhailov

Winning project, Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022

The ghat has become a popular place for the local people to exercise, enjoy an evening stroll, meet with frien...

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Asif Salman

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The Municipality of Jhenaidah provides docking facilities in the larger ghat, which can be reached directly from the river.

Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Asif Salman (photographer)

In 2022, two projects in Bangladesh were among the six winners:



  • Community Spaces in the Rohingya Refugee Camp, Teknaf, Bangladesh, by Rizvi Hassan, Khwaja Fatmi, Saad Ben Mostafa: Sustainably built structures in the world’s largest refugee camps, which occurred collaboratively in the field without drawings or models.

  • Urban River Spaces, Jhenaidah, Bangladesh, by Co.Creation.Architects / Khondaker Hasibul Kabir, Suhailey Farzana: A community-driven project providing public spaces in a riverine city with 250,000 residents, offering walkways, gardens and cultural facilities, as well as environmental efforts to increase biodiversity along the river.


The Award ceremony took place in Muscat, Oman in October 2022. Watch the highlights


In 2019, the Arcadia Education Project in South Kanarchor (designed by architect Mr Saif Ul Haque) won an Aga Khan Award for Architecture and Amber Loom Denim Shed in Gazipur (designed by architect Mr Jubair Hasan) was shortlisted.


Past winning projects in the country include the Bait Ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka (designed by architect Ms Marina Tabassum) and the Friendship Centre in Gaibandha (designed by architect Mr Kashef Chowdhury), the Grameen Bank Housing Programme, the National Assembly Building and a school in Rudrapur. Two other projects were shortlisted in 2010.


Ms Tabassum was on the Steering Committee for the 14th Award Cycle (2017-2019) and is on the current Steering Committee (2020-2022). The nine-member Master Jury for the 2020-2022 Award cycle includes renowned Bangladeshi architect – Mr Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, Director General of the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements, Dhaka.


AKTC has worked with the Faculty of Architecture at BRAC University to survey Islamic heritage in Bangladesh. These efforts will contribute to over 9,000 building projects that have been documented and are now available on archnet.org. They range from rural schools to urban water towers, from state-of-the-art skyscrapers to modest mud-brick structures.