Vistaara Architects is one of Dhaka's busiest architectural offices. Founded in 1994 by Mustapha Khalid, Mohammed Foyez Ullah, and Shahzia Islam, graduates of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in Dhaka, the firm typically provides full architectural services, including contract administration. Khalid and Foyez were Assistant Professors of Architecture at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology until 1998, when they left academia to concentrate on practice. Vistaara's work includes a wide variety of residential projects, offices, hotel and commercial facilities, and various scales of industrial and institutional projects. Recent works nearing completion are Bashundhara City, a shopping/entertainment center which is the largest built structure in the country; the five-star Westin Dhaka hotel; and PICL Bhaban, a 20-story office building at the heart of downtown Dhaka. Their computer models and renderings were featured in a North American publication on digital architecture (1999). The same year Vistaara Architects won a national design competition for their climate-responsive design for a 20-story tower for Peoples Insurance's corporate office (PICL Bhaban). In 1998, Vistaara Architects also won an Institute of Architects Bangladesh Design Award and a Jury Citation for their 'Ruparup' residential project. The works of the firm have been published and exhibited in ARCASIA Forum 12 held at Dhaka in December 2003.


SAYEED'S BARBICAN DHAKA, 2001. Multi Family Residential Building