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Fellow, IAB, Int. Assoc. AIA
Member, Tall Building Council [CTBUH]
Principal Architect
Editor, DOT: Art and Architecture Bangladesh

Member, Editors' Guild Bangladesh

                                           FIND MUSTAPHA KHALID PALASH 

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Mustapha Khalid Palash

Mustapha Khalid Palash is one of the most illustrious names in the realm of contemporary architecture of Bangladesh. He and his team has placed the mega city Dhaka to a different height by creating aesthetic, sustainable and functional architectural masterpieces one after another for last two and half decade.

Graduating from the Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology [BUET] and been awarded with Habibur Rahman Award for excellence in Design and passed from same school with distinction, he started his career as Practicing Architect and later he joined Department of Architecture, BUET as a faculty. He quit BUET as Assistant Professor and founded his own office Vistaara Architects in 1998. After leaving BUET Palash has been teaching as visiting faculty in several Universities. He received training on Architecture under the grant by famous Architect Tadao Ando in 1995.

Through the success of Unique Trade Centre [UTC], Dhaka, Palash and his team need not to look back. Among the architectural masterpieces, Grameenphone Corporate Head Quarter, Bashundhara City, The Westin Dhaka Hotel, Peoples Insurance Bhaban, Lab Aid Cardiac Hospital, Bangla Link Head Office, Robi Head Quarter, Siaam Tower, SPL Western Tower, Abdul Monem Business District, Delvistaa Building, Radisson BLU Bay View Hotel Chittagong are noteworthy.

Currently as part of practicing sustainable architecture Palash is advocating Rain Water Harvesting for the urban areas of Bangladesh as a trained expert. Palash is International Associate member of American Institute of Architects and member of Tall Building Council and Urban Habitat and a founder member of Green Building Council Bangladesh.

Being a multitalented personality, Palash participated in several group painting exhibitions and had his First Solo Painting Exhibition in 1978 and the latest four solos in 2009, 2011, and 2013. He received ‘Shilpacharya Zainul Award’ for his paintings in 1212. He is also an avid Sitar Player and multi instrumentalist who has keen interest in Indian classical music. He has several Rabindrasangeet vocal albums which have been published from Bangladesh and India.


As stated in Wikipedia “His constructions are noted for they are being in 21st century mode, verging on experimentalism. His novel approaches towards architecture make him peerless or practically singular in the country. Palash has in his credential many local and international awards in recognition of his works. Currently Palash 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. Palash 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.”


He received several national and international awards among which, IAB Design Award 1998, Architect of the Year 2005 (India), Bergers Award for Excellence on Architecture 2007, Holcim Green Built Bangladesh Prize 2010 are worth mentioning. Today, Vistaara is being considered as one of the most advanced architectural offices in the country having largest number of architects working there.


He is the Editor of quarterly DOT, the only architecture magazine of Bangladesh. Palash’s works have been included in several national and international magazines including McGraw-Hill publication. Palash has two books on his paintings in his credential.


He believes in ‘beauty is truth, truth beauty’ in all facets of his ingenuity and is being considered as a leading stirring figure in the architecture realm of Bangladesh.



Fellow, IAB, Int. Assoc. AIA
Member, Tall Building Council [CTBUH]
Senior Architect
Publisher, DOT: Art and Architecture Bangladesh

Shahzia Islam Anton

Architect Shahzia Islam Anton was born and brought up in Dhaka City. Anton completed her SSC and HSC from University Laboratory School and Holy Cross College respectively with distinctions. She is the only daughter of her educationist parents. Throughout his academic career in architecture in the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Anton proved her to be meritorious student and finally graduated from there securing fifth position in the Merit List in the year 1988. Henceforth she continued her journey as a fresh architect till she co-founded her own architectural office Vistaara Architects in 1994. Her credential includes almost all projects undertaken by Vistaara of which Bashundhara City, Unique Trade Centre, Peoples Insurance Bhaban, GPHouse, The Westin Dhaka and Radisson BLU Chattogram Bay View Hotel are worth mentioning.

By born cultural minded, Anton learnt music from her very childhood. She was a regular student at Chhayanat and afterwards took music lessons from various mentors. She is an ardent Rabindrasangeet singer and also performs the songs of the other four poets cum lyricists of Bengal. She has couple of Audio Albums so far published jointly with Indian companies and performs occasionally in local and Kolkata TV Channels.

Being the life partner and partner in all businesses of Mustapha Khalid Palash, Anton promotes and advocates the rich cultural heritage of this region through Delvistaa Foundation where she is a Trustee and holds the position of General Secretary.  She is also the publisher of all Books and Audio Albums so far published under the banner of Delvistaa Foundation. For last five years she is successfully publishing DOT, the one and only international standard quarterly magazine on art and architecture in the country.

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