Tanya Karim

Partner, Architect: Tanya Karim & N.R.Khan and Associates
Born on: 22 July, 1963
Nationality: Bangladeshi
Adjunct Faculty: University of Asia Pacific
Advisor: Department of Interior & Architecture, Shanto Marium Design
Institute, Dhaka.
Advisor: Chitran Interior Design School, Gulshan, Dhaka.
Registered Architect: RAJUK (Capital DevelopmentAuthority)
Member: Institute of Architects Bangladesh
Member: ArcAAB (Architecture Alumni Association, BUET)
Member: Development Committee of Presidency University, Dhaka.
Board Member: The Presidency University Foundation, Dhaka.
Founder Member: UW2SDA (Urban Water, Wastelands Society &
Design Alliance), presently ISUS (Institute for Sustainable Urban Studies)
also attached to the ‘Swaraswati Program’ for exchange program of
Environmental Expertise among selected universities of USA, India and
Bangladesh.
General Secretary, Executive Committee: WAEPA (Women Architects,
Engineers & Planners Association)
Web: www.tknrk.com
Email: tanyakarim@tknrk.com
Phone: +8801711522890

Graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 1990 with first class.

Co-founder of ‘Tanya Karim & N.R.Khan and Associates’ which went on to win national and international competitions, prestigious IAB award and whose work has been published widely both at home and abroad. Has been practicing for 19 years.

Made several architectural tours in India, Singapore, UAE, Paris, UK, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Bhutan, USA, Oman and Thailand.
Designed and organized a charity fashion show for the Rotary International Club in Hotel Sheraton in 1986.
Attended and completed a management course for women entrepreneurs from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Dhaka University, in 1983.

Attended and completed a Basic Language Programming course from the Department of Electronic Engineering, Dhaka University and received 25 hours flight training at the Bangladesh Flying Club Ltd.

Taught in Play Pen School for two years.
Her involvement with academia as member of and advisor to numerous architectural institutions and her dynamic refreshing work in the practical field makes her a familiar voice at conferences and seminars both at home and abroad.

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), 1990.

Professional & Academic Affiliations:
Member, Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) Reg. K-051
Registered architect: RAJUK (capital Development Authority)
Adjunct faculty: Department of Architecture, University of Asia Pacific (UAP).
Advisor: Department of Interior & Architecture, Shanto Marium Design Institute, Dhaka.
Advisor: Chitran Interior Design School, Gulshan, Dhaka.
Founder Member: UW2SDA (Urban Water, Wastelands Society & Design Alliance), presently ISUS (Institute for Sustainable Urban Studies) also attached to the ‘Swaraswati Program’ for exchange program of Environmental Expertise among selected universities of USA, India and Bangladesh.

General Secretary, Executive Committee: WAEPA (Women Architects,
Engineers & Planners Association)
Board Member: The Presidency University Foundation, Gulshan, Dhaka.

Other positions held:
Juror of design studio at the University of Asia Pacific.
Guest juror for interior projects at various design schools.
Jurer of Shanta Marium Design Inspiration.
Was a part of organizing committee of the forum for “Renewable Energy “ in 2006.
Organized the Dhaka Workshop 2005 on “sustainable solutions for the management of urban wetlands” in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Seminars, presentations & publications:
Presented a paper on "The Begunbari Experience- Environment of Economics" at SAARCH conference Dhaka in 2006.
Organized a week long workshop seminar on "sustainable solutions for the management of urban water and wetlands" with international participations (USA, Canada, China, India and Bangladesh) in 2005. Attended and spoke at Symposium on "water in South Asia" at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
Presented paper on "Low Cost Housing Schemes in Bangladesh" at Arcasia Conference in Lahore, Pakistan in 1994.
Speaker at year/s of water/s – a conference at RISD.
Presented a slide on "Wetlands in and around Dhaka" at the Rotary Club, Gulshan, Dhaka in 2004.
Presented a slide on "Begunbari Khal" in the design studio of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology in 2006.
Attended a forum for "Renewable Energy" at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel in 2006.
Presented slides of her own works in the "Angan Lecture Series", BRAC University in 2006.
Authored and presented a paper on "Roots and Rhythm, Rains and Ragas- the saga of the mighty rivers of Bengal" at RISD in 2004.
Presented a slide on "The Rivers of Bengal" in the University of Asia Pacific in June 2004.
Attended the Arcasia conference at Singapore in 1996.

Professional achievements, awards and competitions:
Recipient of Institute of Architects Bangladesh award 2000, for ‘the Pavilion’(residence for Anisul Huq).
Recipient of Institute of Architects Bangladesh commendation, for Boutique shop for Massive Lights, 2007.
Winner, national design competition project for Bangla Academy Building, Dhaka, 2006.
Second prize, ‘Design on Mausoleum of Shaheed Ziaur Rahman’ at Zia Uddyan, Shere Bangla Nagar, Dhaka, 2004.
Third prize, ‘Design for Shaheed Zia Memorial Complex at Kalurghat, Chittagang’, 2005.
Winner, international design competition for Bhutan Telecom Headquarters, Thimpu, Bhutan.
Winner, international design competition for Center for Rehabilitation of Destitute Women (Renew) complex, Bhutan.
‘Boutique shop for Massive Lights’ was nominated for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
‘Boutique shop for Massive Lights’ and the ‘IT building for Chittagang University’ were nominated for the Arcasia Awards.
During Arcasia, Dhaka, the ‘Row-houses project’ in Dhanmondi Road-29 nominated by IAB for Arcasia Awards.
Won second prize in the design competition for the National Language Bhaban in 2004.
Won second place in design competition for Uttara Club Ltd.
Recipient of the "Dia Award" for "Best Fashion Design" sponsored by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Govt. of France.
Recipient of the "Prime Minister's Award" for contribution towards "Beautification of Dhaka City" in 2006.
First professional to receive the award of The Daily Star Business Woman of the year 2011.
Recipient of Bangladesh Business Award.
First woman architect to be a recipient of IAB Design Awards.

Projects Published:
Boutique shop for Massive lights and Boutique shop for Senator Air Conditioning, published in Architecture Asia Magazine, 2008.
Award winning project “The Pavilion” on Anisul Huq residence published in Architectural magazine ‘Architecture Plus(+)’ published from Dubai. June 2000.
Award winning project “The Pavilion” on Anisul Huq residence published in Architectural magazine “Architecture of the South East” published in Malaysia, 2000.
Projects “Anisul Haq residence’ and “Heritage” restaurant published in local lifestyle and interior design magazines, Ice Today.2002 & 2005.
Interior design project of Mr. & Mrs. Javed K. Ali published in ‘Chitran’ interior design magazine in 2005.
Interview on own work published in Daily Star weekly magazine in 1996.
Interview on the current state of Architectural projects published in the Financial Express in 2004.
Interview was published in the fashion and lifestyle magazine FL on the "Reflection of fashion in our profession" in 2004.
Channel I aired an interview on the design of Haq Residence in 2002.
A talk on design prospects on a career advice program was aired in Bangla Vision in 2006.
A discussion and talk show "Jyothir Joyojatra" on women in the profession of architecture in 2006 on NTV featured as one of the leading women architects in the country.

Other activities:
Organized a charity fashion show for Zonta International Club IV in Hotel Purbani a chairperson of the cultural Committee in 1999.
Designed and organized a charity fashion show for the Rotary International Club in Hotel Sheraton in 1986.
Guest speaker on career counseling for the contestants of the "Lux Photo Shundari" beauty pagent.
Worked as an assistant editor for "Contemporary Architecture in Bangladesh" and for the book "Dhaka City" published by Asiatic Society in 1990.