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SPSU architecture professor set to change skyline in Bangladesh city

SPSU architecture professor set to change skyline in Bangladesh city

Dr. Saleh Uddin

MARCH 28, 2013 -- Dr. Saleh Uddin, professor of architecture at SPSU, recently won a prestigious competition held to design a multi-purpose facility housing several components of the exclusive social organization, the Gulshan Club, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The 450,000-square-foot building will include a gymnasium, auditorium, lounge, swimming pool, lodging for executives and a five-star hotel.

Dr. Uddin has spent his breaks from teaching in the SPSU Architecture department at the American International University at Bangladesh (AIUB). He partnered with another AIUB lecturer and supervised her firm, Form-3 Architects, along with a team of 14 skilled students in developing the design that was selected as the winner from among 120 entries. Their win earned the group 900,000 taka (equivalent to $13,000).

“The design has several elements that are ‘green,’ and it will enhance the cultural energy for the club and the city as a whole,” said Dr. Uddin. The building features two large apertures that allow for cross-ventilation as well as offer spectacular panoramic views. Other green features include UV-protected glass that encases the structure, as well as a light and water garden to reduce the structure’s cooling load.

“The skyline of Dakha in the Gulshan district will have an impressive structure added to it, forming a vector to the future with its emblematic appearance and contents,” explained Dr. Uddin.

The project is currently pending approval from the local government before construction can begin. Form-3 will remain the lead consulting architects. Dr. Uddin is set to return to Dhaka at the end of spring semester to serve as the principal architect coordinating the work of the consultants and engineers.

Dr. Uddin is coordinator of SPSU’s Design Foundation program. He is also the founding head of the AIUB Architecture department. ( With four published books in the global market, Dr. Uddin internationally promotes the value of digital media in architecture. All of his books – “Composite drawing,” “Digital architecture,” “Axonometric and oblique drawings,” and “Hybrid drawings” – have been translated into Chinese, Korean and Spanish. Dr. Uddin is also the editor of Representation, the national journal of the Design Communication Association in the United States. He is also the past president of this organization.

Dr. Uddin has had several of his designs built or published, notably the 20-story administrative building of the Telephone & Telegraph Board in Dhaka and several prominent residences in Dhaka and Amman, Jordan. He also received an honorable mention award from the Missouri chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2005 for his work on the Wonderland Camp for physically challenged individuals.