Marina Tabassum and Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury both graduated from the Department of Architecture at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka. They worked in a local architectural firm before establishing their own practice, URBANA, in 1995. URBANA's projects have been published internationally and have received several awards.
In 1997 URBANA won a national competition for the design of the Independence Monument in Dhaka, and were subsequently commissioned for the project, which incorporates a museum, multimedia theatre and other ancillary facilities (presently under construction). The focus of the project is a 50-meter high tower composed of stacked glass panels.
Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury is also a professional photographer specializing in architectural photography. He has held four exhibitions at home and abroad including an open-air exhibition to celebrate the birth centenary of Louis I. Kahn, architect of the National Assembly Complex, Bangladesh.