Architecture Student Design Competition 2016

Organized by

Department of Architecture, AIUB

In association with Institute of Architects Bangladesh, IAB





On the eve of its 10th anniversary, Architecture Department at American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) is pleased to host an Architecture Student Design Competition in association with Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) for young Architecture students envisioning Bangladesh Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai UAE.

Since 1851, World Exposition ( “EXPO” in short) - a platform of nation branding-  is showcasing invention, innovation and the creation of enduring technological, architectural and cultural advancement represented by the exhibition pavilions of nations worldwide. Structures like Crystal Palace, Eiffel tower are some of the iconic figures that have appeared throughout World Expo history. World Expo, today, remains as a key meeting point for the global community where countries use the exposition more widely and more strongly as a platform to improve their national images through their pavilions. 

Till now the participation of Bangladesh in World Expo is very insignificant though the country is bestowed with rich natural resources and diverse cultural heritage.  With rising economy and technological amelioration, rebuilding the image of the country is of outmost challenge.  Bangladesh has to find a niche for nation branding that the country can truly own.   On the occasion of approaching Golden Jubilee of independent Bangladesh in 2021, we think Expo 2020 is ‘the’ platform that can potentially contribute to uphold the country’s emerging image.

Expo 2020 will be held in the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), under the theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ and has three subthemes – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. Expo 2020 will also be the first World Expo to be hosted in the region of Middle East, Africa and South Asia; and the festival will mark the UAE’s 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee celebrations as well.  This design competition aims to look at Bangladesh Pavilion in 2020 Dubai Expo as a successful ‘Nation Branding’ symbol, keeping in relation with the expo’s main themes. The pavilion will celebrate the journey of Bangladesh and its recent economic escalation to a middle-income country in the global community. The pavilion might talk of the glorious past of the Bengal, rich culture and traditions of its people, the uniqueness of the landscape as well as that of its prosperous future ahead. Bangladesh Pavilion in Dubai 2020 Expo might express the country as a technologically advanced nation through large and small-scale display areas- taking visitors on wonderful, interactive journeys of imagination through the pavilion.

Theme and program for designing the pavilion is up to the designers. Site area of the pavilion is limited to 4000 Square meter (80mx50m).

Competition entries from tomorrow’s architects will give us an idea of the potential of “Bangladesh Pavilion” in upcoming Expo. Let’s take the challenge to present a new Bangladesh to the world.


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This international competition is open for individual undergraduate architecture students or a group of max. 2 students from Architecture Schools. Only one submission is allowed from one student or one group. As per IAB policy, local participants must be students from Architecture schools that have IAB accreditation (or currently in the process of IAB accreditation).


REGISTRATION IS FREE. A printed copy of the attached registration form should be submitted along with the final submission, on the submission date. Posted entries must reach the submission venue before deadline.


  • Format:
  • One 32”X48” Portrait (Hard Copy)
  • CD/DVD containing Drawing, Images, Text and Presentation Sheet PDF.
  • Registration form with the attestation of the respective Head/Chairperson of Department.


Students shall submit the proposals in print and electronic format with high resolution (PDF/JPG) for the purpose of further exhibition and publication. Presentation must be limited to one 32”X48” size in Portrait format, and carry the title “PAVILION FOR BANGLADESH AT EXPO 2020 DUBAI UAE”. No information such as name of the student, class, name and address of the university, city will be given in the presentation sheet. The electronic files of the entries shall be submitted through a CD/DVD.

The presentation sheet should contain a 1.5” X 1.5” blank square box at the top right corner.

  • Submission Date          : Sunday, January 3, 2016.
  • Time                            : 10.00 am – 2.00 pm
  • Venue                          : Department of Architecture, AIUB, FASS Building [Campus -7],




Ar. Francis D.K. Ching

Author, Professor Emeritus

University of Washington,

Seattle, Washington, USA


Dr.  M. Saleh Uddin

Professor of Architecture,

Kennesaw State University,

Atlanta, Georgia, USA


Ar. Mustapha Khalid Palash

FIAB, International Association AIA,

Member, Tall Building Council (CTBUH)

Ar. Mahmudul Anwar Riyaad

Associate Professor,

Bangladesh University of Engineering and  Technology (BUET).

Secretary, Education, Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB).


Ar. M. Arefeen Ibrahim

Sr. Asst. Professor & Head, Dept. of Architecture,

American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB).



First Prize         : BDT 50,000/-  [eqv. 650 USD]

Second Prize    : BDT 30,000/-  [eqv. 350 USD]

Third Prize         : BDT 20,000/-  [eqv. 250 USD]



Competition result will be announced on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, in a ceremony.

For more info Contact, Invoice: +8801711458102, Email:

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Fig: Context and Site of DUBAI EXPO 2020


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