fawaz-rob3FAWAZ ROB – Founder and CEO

Fawaz Rob teaches architecture at North South University. He went to San Francisco State University for for his undergraduate and Disegno Academia di Firenze for his masters degree. Fawaz Rob has been trained in Auroville Earth Institute and Laurie Baker Center to explore earth architecture and low cost housing. He has extensively worked with rural housing in Bangladesh for the last few years. He pioneered the education of rural studies at NSU and helping to develop the curriculum. He has multiple international publications in peer reviewed journals on rural housing and earth architecture. His eco-housing projects has been featured in local and international news outlets like Al Jazeera and NIKKEI Japan. His toilet making venture with students have been recognized by Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA). He has designed and built a number of schools, clinics and houses in rural Bangladesh and constantly researching and promoting sustainable materials for rural architecture.

JOHN ARNOLD – Co-founder and civil engineerjohn-small1
Having previously worked as a civil engineer in the UK, John decided to co found Bangla Bari with Fawaz.

 He has worked with several local NGOs and has helped to develop their programmes. John has worked as a consultant for World Bank. whilst learning to make mud and bamboo houses. He lives now back and forth in UK and Bangladesh.


APU ROY – Site Engineer
Apu has been working with rural architecture since he was a little kid.DSCN4548 Although he does not have a formal education in architecture, he has self taught himself every aspect of construction. He has been involved in more than fifty construction projects and has an encyclopedic knowledge about Earth and Bamboo.


M.ANWAR JAHED – Architect1

Jahed studied architecture at North South University. He is an architect and representative of Bangla Bari, who maintains an active role in the design phase. Jahed gained an interest in material science that is appropriate for rural architecture of Bangladesh. Currently, he is assisting Fawaz Rob in Jute based and earth based roofing system.


And of course, all the talented Bangla Barians, whose relentless effort and craftsmanship makes each project a poetry.

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Having Lunch with Bangla Barians
Lunch with Bangla Barians