SAIF UL HAQUE

Saif Ul Haque (b.1958) is an architect practicing in Dhaka. He was a partner at Diagram Architects from 1984 until 1997, when he established his own practice. His built works include the BRAC Training Center at Faridpur (1992), Banchte Shekha Training Center at Jessore (1994), Camp House for an Archaeological Team at Bogra (1996) and Govindo Gunalanker Hostel at Chittagong (1999), all in Bangladesh. He is also involved in research related to architecture, and directed the documentation of Bangladesh's architectural heritage for the Chetana Research Society, which led to a major exhibition on architecture entitled Pundranagar to Sherebanglanagar held in Dhaka in 1997, and a book of the same name. He co-curated the exhibition Sherebanglanagar: Louis I. Kahn and the Making of a Capital Complex, and co-authored a book on the subject in 2002.
RESIDENCE JHALOKATI, 2002
GOVINDO GUNALANKER HOSTEL
CHITTAGONG, 1999

A hostel for students of Buddhist faith. The site, shared with an existing Buddhist temple, is adjacent to the University of Chittagong. The existing temple is part of the site-planning and is the focus of the entry into the complex. The design intention was to create a place that acknowledges the architectural regional traditions, in particular early Buddhist monastic architecture. Arrangement of rooms around an open-air court, the use of brick as the main construction material, and the employment of overhangs for shading from the sun as well as protection from the rain are a few of the ideas employed to achieve the design's intention.




BANCHTE SHEKHA TRAINING CENTER (as part of Diagram Architects) JESSORE, 1994