Two Bangladeshi architectural projects have won first and second prize respectively in different categories at the prestigious 2A Asia Architecture Awards 2015 (2AAA 2015) held in Istanbul, Turkey on October 16.
Project ‘Loom Shade for Amber Denim at Gazipur’ by Archeground Ltd. from Bangladesh won the first prize in the Commercial design category. Architect Jubair Hasan of Archeground Ltd. received the award on behalf of the winning company.
Another project from Bangladesh to have won a spot among the awardees is the ‘Friendship Center’ designed by architect Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury of Urbana Architects, which won the second prize in the Urban/Rural/Landscape category.
The Asia Architecture Awards, organized by 2A magazine, recognizes and celebrates architectural projects that are driven by significant design innovation. The awarded designs are the ones that utilize contextual analysis and studies which showcase significant technical advancement, innovative use of varying material, reflection of a distinct sense of space, ecology and cultural identity.
The theme for the 2AAA this year was “The Emergency of Contemporary Architecture in Asia”; a total of 29 projects from all over Asia were awarded in seven different categories. Led by chief organizer and CEO of 2A magazine, Ahmad Zohadi, the 2015 jury included Romi Khosla, Bahram Shirel, Seung H-Sang, Sinan Mert Sener, and Yavuz Selim Sepin.
Following the initial selection of around 400 project submissions out of 613 in 7 categories, each jury member selected three projects for each category and deliberated among themselves, based on the award criteria. 51 projects were finalised from a shortlisted 145 which was followed by votes for the final judgment/selections. Certain projects were also selected as honorable mentions in five separate categories.
The two significant spots secured by Bangladeshi architecture are testament to Bangladesh’s continued presence and quality contribution to the field of architecture in Asia.
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