Once in every two years, the best architectural achievement and latest development in architectural trends grace the Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA) congress. The 16th Asian Congress of Architects this year took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 23rd June to 29th June 2014. Around 400 participants from 18 Asian countries participated in this event. 57 Architecture students from 7 universities including AIUB, AUST, BRACU, BUET, NSU, SUB, UAP took part and represented Bangladesh in the meet. The team from AIUB consisted of 8 students from Department of Architecture.
The theme of this conference was “Colors of Harmony”. There were mainly three branches of this total event: 1. The ARCASIA Student Jamboree 2014, 2. The 2nd ARCASIA Committee on Social Responsibility (ACSR) and 3. The ACA 16 RejuveNATION congress of Architects (ARCHIDEX) The ARCASIA Committee on Social Responsibility (ACSR) in collaboration with PAM Education Committee organized an ARCHITECTURAL STUDENT DESIGN IDEAS COMPETITION 2014. For the 2014 Competition, as an inaugural competition, the ideas presented would be an “open category” so that architecture schools / students can submit their “Socially Responsible Designs” for the Competition. The jury panel consisted of Ar. Tan Pei Ing ARCASIA President, Ar. Chan Seong Aun PAM President, Ar. Joseph Kwan MH ARCASIA ACSR Chairman and expert academics of relevant field from architecture schools. Two students from Architecture Department of American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB), Abdul Rahman and Nushba Farhin participated and submitted their entry on Public health and Natural Disasters Shelters. Their entry won the First prize among 70 other entries from students of 18 ARCASIA member countries. The jurors commended the sensibility and creative originality of their entry. To honor the winners the ACSR organized an Award giving ceremony which was held on June 29th at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. AIUB happens to be the only university from Bangladesh to be placed among the top positions. This achievement certainly takes the Architecture Department of AIUB to a new height in international standards.