Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum in top 50 thinkers’ list

Marina Tabassum is an architect, winner of Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016, and the principal architect of Marina Tabassum Architects (MTA).

Prospect, a monthly British general-interest magazine, has selected Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum to be in its list of top 50 thinkers around the world in the time of Covid-19.

Besides Marina, notable names like New Zealand’s premier Jacinda Ardern, British natural historian and environmental activist Sir David Fredrick Attenborough, American actress Greta Gerwig, South Korean film maker Bong Joon – Ho, Oxford vaccinologist Sarah Gilbert are also in the list.

Prospect said there is nothing like an emergency to make people realise the value of practical ideas and sharpest thinkers answers so many unknown questions freely, reports UNB.

At the forefront of creating buildings in tune with their natural environments, Bangladeshi architect Tabassum also embraces the design challenges posed by what we are collectively doing to the planet, the magazine said.

She recently exhibited lightweight houses made from locally-sourced materials that perch on stilts and can be moved when the waters rise- an increasingly common occurrence in Bangladesh.

Tabassum designed the Bait Ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka, made of terracotta brick—echoing the mosques from the Sultanate era—which is built on a raised platform, again to protect against flooding.

The mosque won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.