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Mohammad Foyez Ullah BArch MArch MIAB Assoc AIA
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Mohammad Foyez Ullah is one of the preeminent architects of Bangladesh. From academics to the corporate realm establishing a niche for himself in the artistic realm had been a constantly ardent endeavor of Foyez. His academic achievements include distinctions in his Bachelor in Architecture and the "Ahsanur Rahman Gold Medal" in Masters in 1997 from BUET. Soon after graduation in 1993 as an architect from BUET, Foyez went back to the same institute – he continued to be an educator and professional and motivated aspiring architects in architectural schools across the country from BRAC University, NSU to UAP. Concurrently a successful legacy in the professional field was also initiated when he co-founded Vistaara architects in 1994. After leaving BUET in 1998 Foyez concentrated more into the practice and as a principal architect of Vistaara his noteworthy contributions are GPHouse, Bashundhara City, UTC, The Westin, Peoples Insurance Bhaban, Shanta Western, Grand Delvistaa, FM Centre (Banglalink HQ), Lab Aid Cardiac, and many more diverse building typologies. His computer models and renderings were featured in the 1999 North American publication on Digital Architecture and his projects have been nominated for ARCASIA Design Competition and published and exhibited in ARCASIA Forum 12. The extreme pinnacle of the venture undoubtedly was the winning entry for international design competition of Grameenphone's head office– GPHouse.


After a decade long successful partnership in Vistaara Foyez regenerated his practice through Volumezero in 2008. Over this particular phase, Volumezero has already become an entity that consolidates the legacy of its founder in the leadership of architecture and design. Volumezero has already bagged critical awards for the interior design of its own studio and the high profile Liberation War Museum Design competition in November 2009. He has won country's first sustainable building design award "Holcim Green Built Award 2010" for GPHouse and highest design award "Berger Excellence in Architecture 2007" for designing Peoples Insurance Bhaban and "IAB Design Award" for designing a multi storied family housing in 1998. Foyez's work embodies a creative expression that visualizes interplay of forms and spaces while validating the inherent functions. Needless to say his practice is part of a legacy that spans over a decade and inculcates the creative prowess of a visionary who aspires to reach heights never before contemplated.


Professional Affiliations

Registered Architect in Bangladesh

Member, Institute of Architects Bangladesh

Associate Member, American Institute of Architects

Organizational Member, US Green Building Council

Life Member, BUET Alumni Association (BUETAA)

Member, Architecture Alumni Association (ARCAAB)


Academic/Awards

Ahsanur Rahman Gold Medal for best academic performance among all master's degrees recipients in 1997


Master of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technoloy (BUET) 1997 Bachelor of Architecture, BUET 1993


Holcim Green Built Award for designing GPHouse – the state of the art environmentally responsive Grameenphone corporate head office, 2010


Critic Award for Liberation War Museum Design, Dhaka, November 2009


ICE-Today Aqua Paints Interior Design Awards for designing design studio - Volumezero, 2009


Berger Excellence in Architecture Award for designing Peoples Insurance Bhaban, 2007 IAB Design Award for design excellence in Multi Family Housing,1998 Winner of Design competition for the head office building of Peoples Insurance Co. Limited, 1998


Projects included in the book titled "Digital Architecture: Top 50 Designers of the World" published by McGraw Hill, N.Y. in 1999


Bangladesh Television National TV Debate Champion, represented Suhrawardy Hall Debate Team, BUET, 1990


Teaching/Research/Publication

Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, BUET, 1993-1998


Visiting Lectureship, University of Asia Pacific, 1999


Visiting Studio Design Leadership & Critic, BRAC University, 2007-2011


Visiting Lectureship, North South University, 2010 & 2011


Paper titled "Impulse of Changes in the city centres of Dhaka: Breakdown in the continuity of Development" presented on International Seminar FUTURE OF THE PAST, Dhaka January 13-14, 1996


"An Interview with Professor R. E. Vrooman pioneering architecture educationist of Bangladesh" published in the EARTH vol. 2 Issue 1, Jan-Mar 1995.


Paper "Tenement Housing: A Living Language of Dhaka" published in the EARTH, a journal on Environment, Architecture, Research, Technology and Human Settlements. Vol.1, Issue 1, Sept.-Dec., 1994, Dhaka


"CBDs of Dhaka: Prospect of Low Cost Incremental Revitalisation" Article on Protibesh, the Journal of Department of Architecture, BUET, 1994


Paper "The Need for Memory" published on "DEEK", a documentation of undergraduate architectural projects, Department of Architecture, BUET, Dhaka, June 1993


Published a number of articles in the daily newspaper, international magazines on urban design issues, urbanism and challenges with particular reference to Bangladesh


Public Service

Member, Editorial Committee, Part 4: Fire Safety and Protection of Bangladesh National Building Code 2012


Juror in numerous national level design competitions organized by Institute o Architects, Bangladesh including design school Charrettes and studio designs


Founder Member, Bangladesh Association for Social equity Foundation (BASE), since 2012


Permanent Member, Banani Club Limited, a social club based in Dhaka, since 2012 Member, Army Golf Club, since 2009


Permanent Member, Gulshan Youth Club, since 2005


Life Member, Cadet College Club Limited (CCCL), a social club for all cadet college alumni, since 2003


Life Member, Old Faujians Association (OFA), Faujdarhat Cadet College Alumni, since 1985

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