Pre-event: Towards an Architecture of Equity

On October 6, 2021. Architect Saif Ul Haque (BD) gives a keynote lecture on his practice and the principles and historical contexts informing it, exemplifying architecture’s ability to engage with complex environmental and social conditions.

Bangladeshi architect Saif Ul Haque was invited to the Royal Danish Academy to give a keynote lecture as part of the Academy’s International Lecture Series. In 2022 the lecture series explores the UIA World Congress 2023 CPH agenda Sustainable Futures – Leave No One Behind.

The work of Saif Ul Haque exemplifies architecture’s ability to engage with complex environmental and social conditions. His Arcadia Education Project won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 and demonstrates an architecture that uses its spatial and aesthetic sensibilities to address climatic and social conditions while engaging with local cultural and material resources. The brief was to build a low-cost, low-impact school on a plot of land that is flooded by three meters of monsoon water one third of the year. A buoying amphibious structure was created through experimental and collaborative teamwork, providing a solution that offers crucial experience and inspiration on how to build environmentally and socially viable, not least in the wake of our planet’s rising sea levels. 

In the lecture Saif Ul Haque presents his practice and the principles and historical contexts informing it.

Saif Ul Haque is the principal of Dhaka based architectural practice Saif Ul Haque Sthapati (SHS) and executive advisor to the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements. He has been a visiting faculty and reviewer at various institutions, organized several exhibitions on architecture, and written about architecture, urbanism and environment.

The lecture took place on October 6, 2022 at the Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design, Conservation and was open the public.

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