Architecture: My Journey


Edited by Cristina Steingräber


MARINA TABASSUM ARCHITECTURE: MY JOURNEY is the first book devoted to the Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum and her multifaceted architectural oeuvre.

Marina Tabassum’s exploratory approach makes her architectural practice one of the outstanding contemporary positions internationally. Her diverse oeuvre spans from governmental projects to housing and has brought her numerous honors and accolades in the international field of architecture.

This volume presents various public and private building projects that Marina Tabassum has worked on since 1995, first with the architectural office URBANA and since 2005 through Marina Tabassum Architects (MTA). The selection of her architecture in this book ranges from early projects in the city of Dhaka shortly after completing her studies at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), such as the Museum of Independence and the celebrated Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, to recent mobile modular structures called Khudi Bari. Tabassum is establishing the latter for the people affected by displacement in various geographically and climatically challenged locations—both in the Ganges Delta and in the Rohingya refugee camp at Cox’s Bazar on the border to Myanmar, which is currently the largest refugee camp in the world.

The internationally renowned authors reflect on various perspectives and interpretations of Tabassum’s work. Besides the historical and political background, the contributions deal, among other things, with spotlighting particular architectural elements that pervade Tabassum’s work, such as place and memory, light and spirituality, brick and materiality, and people and community.

With contributions by Sean Anderson, Vera Simone Bader, Kareem Ibrahim, Hanif Kara, Andres Lepik, Nondita Correa Mehrotra, Tanzil Shafique, Cristina Steingräber, Marina Tabassum, Sarah M. Whiting, and Danny Wicaksono.


Weight 1723 g
Dimensions 285 × 285 × 25 mm
Edited by

Cristina Steingräber

With contributions by

Sean Anderson, Vera Simone Bader, Valery Casillas Ahmann, Kareem Ibrahim, Hanif Kara, Tonderai Koschke, Andres Lepik, Nondita Correa Mehrotra, Tanzil Shafique, Cristina Steingräber, Marina Tabassum, Sarah M. Whiting, and
Danny Wicaksono.

Art Direction

Julia Wagner, grafikanstalt




Cloth-bound hardback, thread sewn, embossing

Page count

288 pages


Approx. 260 illustrations


24,5 x 30 cm

Publication Date

February 2023 in Europe



About Marina Tabassum

Marina Tabassum is one of the most renowned architects worldwide. She graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), and she is the Academic Director of Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements. She has taught design studios in BRAC University as a visiting Faculty since 2005. She taught Advanced Design Studio as Visiting Professor at UTA, Texas, taught Studio at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and lectures all over the world. Marina Tabassum received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2016 for her project Bait ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She also designed the Independence Monument of Bangladesh and the Museum of Independence during her partnership with Kashef Chowdhury in URBANA.
Marina Tabassum is the principal of Bangladesh based architecture practice MTA established in 2005. She keeps her practice conscious and retained in an optimum size and projects undertaken are carefully chosen and are limited by number per year. The projects done and at hand are varied, ranging from master planning to creating a $ 2000 home.

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