Ar. Shafique Rahman
M.Des.Sc (Sustainable Design) , The University of Sydney, Australia.
B.Arch, Department of Architecture, Khulna University.
Member Australian Institute of Architects, AIA 61693 ,
Institute of Architects Bangladesh , IAB CR176
Former Graduate Architect At Crawford Architects ltd. Sydney.
It was my intense desire to be an architect since my childhood. After completing my high school, in 2007 I got the chance to be admitted at the Architecture Discipline of Khulna University, one of the most competitive and reputed public universities in Bangladesh. My born interest in this sector became authentic and thus architecture comes into my point of contemplation.
In the early years I focused on both functional and sculptural aspects. I used to investigate the concept of dwelling by focusing on the symbolic language of architecture. However, apart from the design my understanding of architecture also enlightened with the theoretical perception, from its contemporary and historical standpoints. My design thinking had influenced by the indisputable position of architecture in the social and cultural context. Along with the clarity of function and of various aesthetic canons my architecture became more meaningful with the integration of climate, structure, economy and most importantly conscientiousness to the environment.
Another realm of inquiry in my design thinking is seen in the relationship of architecture as an unbreakable chain of its urban artifact. It was from my fourth year of Undergraduate study that I began to adopt an exceptional approach to my design process; I feel the ideas are not enough unless they have to be linked through the appropriate design ideas to the fabric of the building and to the amenity of the city structure.
Academic study and design process have guided me to adopt the architectural semiotics, coherently, I got the opportunity to involve in the contextual practice in my early years of study. Working in the practical ground with a number of senior practicing architects was a major twist in my work, in realization and give shape to ideas of dwelling and settlements. Subsequently after graduation I worked in Bangladesh from 2012 to early 2014.
Comprising my experiences both from the academic works and practice, I feel that architecture is a strain between highly specific limiting conditions and architect’s own artistic interpretation. Architecture and planning in the context of Bangladesh or most of the developed cities is a dilemma between economic and environmental aspects. In our cities Architecture has often occupied an ambivalent position, being characterized as either an environmentally responsive building or a meretricious box to achieve highest economical benefit. Even architecture in different regions is still seeking for its own cultural identity as well as the sustainability with proper concern. In this circumstance, it seems to me a Graduate Degree is simply not enough to investigate a true contemporary thought in the field of architecture of a country with multiple limiting conditions like Bangladesh. Therefore, I decided to go for further investigation in the massive manifesto of Architecture toward a sustainable human civilization. In the consequence, I got admitted at The University of Sydney, Australia to study Sustainable Design and currently at the brink of my Masters program.