Talk:Mustapha Khalid Palash
February 28, 2010 6:14 PM MST
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Mustapha Khalid,(Bengali: মুস্তফা খালিদ পলাশ) (born 1963) popularly known as Palash, is considered as one of the most leading contemporary Architects of Bangladesh. Being a graduate of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Khalid quit teaching as Assistant Professor from the same university in 1998.
For last 2 decades Khalid with his team and his company Vistaara Architects, had created numerous outstanding architectural masterpieces in Dhaka, capital city of Bangladesh. Some of his commendable works include
- Bashundhara City,
- Unique Trade Center,
- Abdul Monem Business District,
- Rich Center,
- Westin Dhaka Hotel,
- Banglalink Head Office,
- Grameenphone Head Office,
- Peoples Insurance Bhaban,
- AKtel Head Quarter (Nafi Tower),,
- Shahara Centre,
- SPL Western Tower,
- Lab Aid Cardiac Care Hospital,
- State University of Bangladesh,
- Bashundhara Convention Center,
- Bashundhara Fitness Center,
- Siaam Tower and many more.
His constructions are noted for their being in 21st century mode, verging on experimentalism. His novel approaches towards architecture make him peerless or practically singular in our country. Khalid has in his credential many local and international awards in recognition of his works. Currently Khalid with Vistaara is busy with quite a big number of corporate buildings and five star hotel projects. As an architect, Palash usually concentrates on his city, Dhaka. The city's hustle and bustle, its architectural elements and vicariousness are also focused in his art works. Dhaka's raw structure and its compact atmosphere are captured in his works with liveliness and intimacy. Mustapha Khalid is considered as one of very few Celebrity Architects of the country. He has participated several architectural exhibitions, seminars, workshops, architecture week , consultancies national and globally.
Besides being an architect, Palash is also an ardent painter. His solo painting exhibition titled “Of Conflict and Harmony” was held in 2009 at Gallery of Fine Arts of Asiatic Society, Dhaka.,
From his childhood, art has been keenly connected with Khalid's umbilical cord. As the son of a painter, he grew up in an artistic ambiance. During this time, he started to detect the imaginative world and documented his vision and observation. When Palash feels saddened and his creative endeavor flourishes, brush and colors assist him to explore his inner vision. He records his pains, happiness and experiences through his canvas, which becomes a mirror of his pensive mood as reflected in his creative process. In the exposition, this is a clear statement about his aesthetic explorations. He is not concentrated on any particular theme, but nevertheless his themes are inextricably connected to each other. His paintings, done in oil and acrylic, feature various architectural designs or shapes. They as well plunge deep into Nature. He has complete freedom to identify himself for his working styles that are apparently synchronized and technically phenomenal. He wants to proceed with a certain style that can become a personal hallmark of his works.
- Managing Director, Vistaara Architects (Pvt.) Limited (Architecture & Planning industry) May 1988-Present (22 years)
- Assistant Professor, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (Architecture & Planning industry) 1994-1998 (5 years)
• Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology - B. Arch, Architecture, 1982-1988
• World Architecture Community
• AIA International
• Member, IAB
• Member, CTBUH
Honors and Awards
- Habibur Rahman Award 1986
- IAB Design Award 1998
- Architect of the Year Award 2003 by India
- Berger Award for Excellence in Architecture 2007
- Winning Entry, Grameenphone Corporate Head Quarter Project International Competition
- Winning Entry for Peoples Insurance Bhaban
- Second Prize, Pavilion Design for GMG Coproration, DITF, 1995
Mustapha Khalid is married to Architect Shahzia Islam. They are blessed with 2 sons Noirit and Ishaan.