Rafiq Azam Book Launch in Sydney and Melbourne

Bangladeshi Architects in Australia (BaA) is pleased to arrange a book launch in partnership with AIA NSW in Sydney and Faculty of Architecture, Melbourne Uni on 18th and  20th March from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm.

We are proud to be engaged in the book launch as showcases Architecture by a Bangladeshi Architect who is already world renowned for his works. The Book on his works is published by Skira and Bengal Foundation and available to purchase  in any Major Architecture Book shop in Sydney and Melbourne. It is also available to be purchased from Amazon.com – http://amzn.com/8857217809.

Glenn Murcutt, Richard Laplastrier, Peter Stutchbury has kindly accepted Rafiq ‘s invitation to attend the Sydney program. Dr. Philip Goad, chair of Architecture and Dr. Alan Pert, Director of Melbourne School of Design, also accepted our invitation to attend the Melbourne program.

The program will be addressed by BAA coordinators, Keynote speakers followed by Rafiq Azam’s presentation.  There will be signing of books by Rafiq Azam while displaying the documentary “RAFIQ AZAM architecture for green living” by Mara Corradi & Roberto Ronchi and refreshments will be served during the show. Please see below for excerpt of the documentary.

The launching of the book is also taking place in Dhaka, Colombo, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Bangalore, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, London, New York, Pennsylvania, Houston, Toronto, Beijing, Tokyo, Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.

Please find the invitations images with program details.
Your presence would be highly appreciated.


Sydney Invitation 18th MarchRafiq Azam Invite flyer

More images from BAA members and the book cover.

Book image by kakon book in Melbourne by Shakil Mahmud RA interview

 About the Book.

“Rafiq Azam: Architecture for Green living” by Skira from Milan, Italy along with Co publisher Bengal Foundation, Dhaka.


The book is published by Skira, Milan, Italy along with co publisher Bengal foundation, Dhaka. Skira, one of the top class publishers of the world and Bengal Foundation, the leading promoter of the arts and cultural wealth of Bangladesh has decided to publish a monograph on a Bangladeshi Architect Rafiq Azam. The book is in English language, hardcover; containing 336 pages with 328 images. It was published on November 2013 and distributed by Rizzoli for Italy, Rizzoli USA, Random House for the Americas (North and South), Thames & Hudson for the UK, rest of Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia and Africa.

The book is edited by Rosa Maria Falvo, who is a writer and curator, and Skira’s international commissions editor, specializing in Asian contemporary art and photography. Foreword by Kerry Hill, an acclaimed Australian architect and an influential figure in South East Asia, completing some of the most ambitious projects in this region. Texts by Kazi Khaled Ashrafa Bangladeshi architect and historian, based at the University of Hawaii and Philip Goad, a professor of architecture and deputy dean of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Interview by Syed Manzoorul Islam who is a Bangladeshi writer and professor of English at the University of Dhaka.


The first ever monograph on contemporary architectural practice in Bangladesh, dedicated to international-award-winning architect Mohammad Rafiq Azam. Rafiq Azam is a world-renowned architect. He recently received the Residential Building of the Year Award at the 2012 Emirates Glass LEAF Awards, which took place during the 2012 London Design Festival. He has a holistic approach to design, which not only incorporates the elements of nature but also harnesses its beauty and potential in a practical way in order to enhance the personal experience of a building. From his uniquely Bangladeshi perspective, the human form has two parts—the body as shell and thoughts as soul—and his architecture is similar, where the building manifests as the shell and nature as its soul. Considering the socio-economic and city-planning conditions of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, Azam’s architectural vocabulary is kept simple and essential, with traditional spaces like the courtyard, pond, and ghat (steps leading into water) and ample internal and external greenery that merge both urban and rural typologies in an intensely urban context. He arranges water courts as swimming ponds in the middle of homes, natural light rooms, and unfolding wall systems to emphasize the interrelationship between form and space. With more than 200 color and black-and-white plates, exquisite design sketches, and aerial views, as well as water color paintings and inspirational phrases, this exceptionally beautiful book is a unique introduction and insight into a visionary architect and Bangladeshi contemporary living and culture.

Please find below the promotional flyer for the manuscript from Skira and the link to Amazon.com – http://amzn.com/8857217809.