History of IAB


1.0        About IAB

        Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) was established on February 25th, 1972 in Dhaka, following the independence of the country in 1971. The founder president of the Institute was Architect Muzharul Islam. The urbanization trends of the post colonial era and the independence in 1971 brought new challenges in terms of context and economy in the field of architecture.


          Thanks to the untiring efforts of all the past executive committees/councils and with the funds raised from the members and well-wishers of IAB now runs its
activities from own premises, which was selected through a design competition among the members. Beside the IAB central office in Dhaka, currently it has a Chapter in Chittagong and 2 Centres in Khulna & Sylhet.

IAB has it’s own written aims & objectives to promote professionalism and development of the profession of architecture in the country. IAB regularly organizes, different programs including Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and seminars in the interest of the interest of the Members.

IAB regularly engages with the different government agencies and ministries and helps them in formulating Building Construction Rules, National Building Code etc. Recently the Local Government Ministry gave a directive to all the local government institutions to have IAB representatives in their building plan approval and construction quality ensuring committees.


2.0     The Institute is run by a fifteen-member Executive Council, elected by the General Members for a two year term.

          Current Executive Council Members are:


Ar. Jalal Ahmed

Immediate Past President

Ar.  Kazi Golam Nasir

Vice-President (National Affair)

Ar. Mamnoon Murshed Chowdhury

Vice-President (Int’l Relations)

Ar. Ehsan Khan

General Secretary

Ar. Nowajish Mahbub

Asst. General Secretary

Ar. Nabi Newaz Khan


Ar. M. Masud Ur Rashid

Secretary (Education)

Ar. Mohammad Arefeen Ibrahim

Secretary, Profession

Ar. Bayejid Mahbub Khondker

Secretary, Membership

Ar. Tofayel Md. Sarower

Secretary, Publication & Publicity

Ar. Sheikh Itmam Soud

Secretary, Seminar & Convention

Ar. M Taufiqur Rahman Khan

Secretary, Heritage & Culture

Ar. Mohammad Sazzad Hossain

Secretary, Environment & Urbanism

Ar. Dr. Farida Nilufar

Chairman, Chittagong Chapter 

Ar.  Najm-ul Latif


3.0     Membership Strength

There are two honorary categories & four general categories of membership, namely Honorary Fellow & Honorary Member, Fellow, Member, Associate Member and Student Member. Only “Fellows” & “Members” have voting rights. As of January 2019, the membership strength of the Institute is as follows:

          Category                                                       Number

          Honorary Fellow                                    :             0

Honorary Member                                  :             2

          Fellow                                                  :             365

Member                                                :             1271

          Associate Member                                 :              2173

          Student Member                                   :              216



4.0      International Affiliations


          IAB is affiliated with the following International Architectural Bodies:

          UIA           :       Union of International Architects

          CAA          :       Commonwealth Association of Architects

          ARCASIA   :       Architects Regional Council for ASIA

          SAARCH    :       South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation of Architects



5.0     Accreditation Standards of IAB (ASIAB)

          To maintain minimum standard of architectural education in the country, IAB has a Board of Architectural Education. Among it’s different activities, the Board accredits  the undergraduate programs offered by the universities in the country based on the ASIAB.


6.0     Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programs

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs are very popular among the members. To maintain the proficiency of the Members, very soon it will be made mandatory for renewing Memberships. A number of CPD programs on various building rules, codes, building services & professional practice issues are regularly being conducted by IAB.

7.0     Seminars and Lectures

IAB lecture program is a very popular event. As a public relation activity, some lectures are open to not only architects but also to the public. IAB invites distinguished architects and relevant professionals from home and abroad in these lectures. A large number of architects from different countries of Asia, Africa, Europe & USA have already made presentation on their works.


8.0    Publications & Exhibitions

·         The Institute publishes “IAB Newsletter” covering national and international news and views on architectural issues.

·         Besides the News Letter, IAB has printed version of

o    Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct 2018

o    Sample Employment Handbook for Architectural Practices 2018

o    Introduction to Standard Contracts & Scale of Minimum Fees 2018

o    Manual of Procedure for Selection of Architects

o    Publication on Design Competition Winning Projects

o    Publication on Award Winning Projects of IAB Members

o    Bi-Annual Reports


9.0     Architectural Design Competitions

       To promote new talents, IAB regularly administers architectural design competitions, Due to IAB’s relentless efforts, architectural design competitions has become a popular system of procuring architectural services for major public and civic building projects.


10.0   IAB Design Award

          The Institute has introduced IAB design Awards since 1996. It is a biennial program. It is considered as the most prestigious design awards for the architects of the country.


Berger Award for Excellence in Architecture

Originally conceived & introduced as Berger Young Architects Awards, Berger Awards for Excellence in Architecture is a very popular and prestigious joint program of Berger Paints Bangladesh and IAB.


11.0   Other Design Awards

Members of IAB are regularly winning awards in different regional & international architectural awards programs.



Association of Architects
Architects Regional Council Asia

Commonwealth Association of Architects
Union International Des Architects

Mailing Address

IAB Centre, Plot-11, Road-7, Block-E, Agargaon Sher-E-Banglanagar, Dhaka.


Tel: +88028181180, +88028181181

Email: mail@iab.com.bd

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