The four-week long April-May Session (April 23rd - May 24th) of Bengal Institute's Academic Program is titled "COMPLEX/ITY & LANDSCAPE OPERATIONS," offering a brilliant lineup of local and international faculties! We are now accepting applications for participation, as always, *anyone from any discipline with a minimum bachelor's degree or a final-year-studentship is welcome to apply. Check out the details and the link to the application form below:
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Considering Complex and Landscape Operations in an integrated way, the joint April-May Sessions will offer an incredible group of faculty from many disciplines. Beginning with the notion that the formation of “complexes” -- how buildings and spaces are grouped together -- is far more critical to the well-being of communities than attention on individual buildings and objects, such formations require queries at many levels. Complexes are also social modules for inhabiting cities, towns and villages, and the immediate and larger landscape. 

April-May Session will present seminars, design workshops and forums that will address various scales of landscape operations, from water urbanism and climate induced environmental adaptations to botanical awareness and landscape rearrangements. Session includes following highlights: In-depth theoretical lectures on the variation from object-making to complex configurations by India’s renowned architectural teacher Neelkanth Chhaya, seminar lectures on the categories and implications of complexes by Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, lectures on the agricultural basis of our habitations by well known rice scientist Abed Chaudhury, lectures on plants and landscapes by eminent botanist Dwijen Sharma, and lectures/workshops by leading architects on their work on creating complexes. Session will also include an on-site stay and workshop with Khandaker Hasibul Kabir and Marina Tabassum in Hakimpur area in Jessore."  Ivan Valin and Dorothy Tang will conduct a weeklong workshop on landscape design.

The faculties include by far: 
Neelkanth Chhaya, architect/professor
Architect, academician, and thinker, Neelkanth Chhaya headed the department of architecture at CEPT (Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology) in Ahmedabad. Professor Chhaya has researched and worked extensively in the domain of appropriate architecture for India. He has extensively documented places of historic significance and authored numerous critical papers. He recently collaborated with Hunnarshala to build cost-effective crafts centre in Kutch, Gujarat. He has great investment in teaching architecture, and his practice is a reflection of his intense involvement with the school. Prof Chhaya studied architecture from CEPT and has been associated with the Masters Program for Architects in Developing Nations in Helsinki. He lives and works in Ahmedabad.
Abed Chaudhury, geneticist/writer
Abed Chaudhury is a Bangladeshi scientist and writer. As a well-known geneticist based in Australia and Bangladesh, he has carried out important work in agricultural science, and has written books on science in both Bengali and English. After completing his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Dhaka University, Chaudhury received his PhD from University of Oregon. He spent 19 years with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia rising to the distinguished rank of Senior Principal Scientist (Plant Biology). Over the 20 years, he has devoted his profession to rice breeding and has led research programs in ACIAR (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research) and IRRI (International Rice Research Institute) reflecting his extensive knowledge in this sector.
Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, architect/professor/writer
Kazi Khaleed Ashraf is an architect, urbanist, and architectural historian; currently the Director General of Bengal Institute. He has taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa,  University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Pratt Institute in the USA. He is the author of numerous publications including An Architect in Bangladesh: Conversations with Muzharul Islam (2014) and Designing Dhaka: A Manifesto for a Better City (2012). He is the editor of the series of books Locations: An Anthology of Architecture and Urbanism.
Marina Tabassum, architect
Marina Tabassum founded Dhaka-based Marina Tabassum Architects in 2005 after ten years as a partner and cofounder of URBANA in Dhaka. She has taught and lectured widely and is currently the Director of Academic Program of Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes, and Settlements. She has conducted design studios in BRAC University since 2005 and taught an Advanced Design Studio as visiting professor at the University of Texas. In 2016 she was one of the six architects to receive the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the project Bait-Ur-Rauf Mosque.
Khondaker Hasibul Kabir, architect/landscape designer/activist
Khondaker Hasibul Kabir is a Bangladeshi landscape architect and sustainability advocate. He first proposed "The Platform of Hope" (Ashar Macha) in 2007 when he moved personally in with family in the slums and designed a community space. He is a faculty at the Department of Architecture at BRAC University. He has also been working on disaster resilient housing projects in Bangladesh and in Haiti with BRAC University. He also worked in participatory action research projects for developing building-for-safety options in different flood-prone rural areas of Bangladesh. His researches and practices focus on ‘Ecological Landscape’ and  ‘Aesthetics/Ethics of Housing and Development’.
Saif Ul Haque, architect
Saif Ul Haque is the principal of architectural practice Saif Ul Haque Sthapati, Dhaka. He is involved in practice, research and education. His notable built works include BRAC Training Center in Faridpur, Banchte Shekha Center in Jessore, Camp house for French Archaeological Mission in Bogra and Govinda Gunalanker Hostel in Chittagong. His books include, Pundranagar to Sherebanglanagar: Architecture in Bangladesh (1997) and Sherebanglanagar: Louis I. Kahn and The Making of a Capital Complex (2002). Currently he is the Director of the Research and Design Program of Bengal Institute. He is a founding member of the architectural research group Chetana and a co-founder of the architectural exchange group Mongolbarer Shabha.
Ivan Valin, landscape architect/professor
Ivan Valin is a Professor at the Division of Landscape Architecture at the University of Hong Kong and founding partner of VALECHE Studio, a multidisciplinary design/research firm based in Hong Kong. His ongoing academic and design work is seated in a multidisciplinary background and explores strategies of urban design and landscape planning in regions undergoing rapid development, with a current focus on postmodern and contemporary practices in Myanmar and Hong Kong. Mr. Valin received a Master of Architecture and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also the recipient of the G. Hoshi Prize and the J.K. Branner Travelling Fellowship.
Dorothy Tang, landscape architect/professor
Dorothy Tang is a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Hong Kong where she directs the undergraduate landscape program. Her practice and research focus on the intersections of regional infrastructure, urban development, and environmental change in developing countries. Her work engages issues of regional environmental degradation in relation to industrial activities; the shifting role of villages in China’s recent rural development; urban infrastructure and the design of open space systems; and the impact of climate change on hydro-politics and infrastructure in Asian deltaic regions. Dorothy is an award-winning landscape architect, her design and research work has been exhibited in the US, China, South America, and Europe.
Seats are limited and going out to "selected applicants" on a first-come-first-serve basis; apply ASAP to join!
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Application Deadline: Thursday, 20th April, before 12:00.
Who can apply?: *Anyone from any discipline with a minimum bachelor's degree or final-year-studentship.
When are the classes?: Sunday to Wednesday: 17:00 - 20:00. April 23rd - May 25th, 2017.
Subscription Charge for April-May Session?
15,000 BDT (payable online via any credit or debit card or personal bKash/Rocket). Payable 'after' your application and *selection.
Registration Charge BDT 300 (for new applicants only).
Where?: Bengal Centre, Khilkhet, Map: 
How shall I go there? We provide pool transportation to/from key locations in Dhaka for free.
Light refreshments during classes/workshops are provided without any extra cost. Also field trips (whenever relevant to the program) inside/outside of Dhaka are offered for free or at a subsidized cost.
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