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The Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum has been selected as the 2021 Soane Medalist. Delivering her lecture via a livestream from Sir John Soane’s Museum, Tabassum outlined her approach to an architectural practice of resistance, forging a role that is deeply embedded in the service of her own country with its challenging environmental and social conditions, while also maintaining a strong command of the physical qualities of architecture and its substance. Following the lecture, David Chipperfield chaired a panel discussion with Priya Khanchandani (Design Museum) and Adrian Lahoud (Royal College of Arts) to expand on the global relevance of Tabassum’s work as a model for addressing the volatile conditions of environmental degradation and the social inequality experienced in communities around the world, as well as the use of public platforms to advocate for change.

Watch the lecture and panel discussion

Five voices on Marina Tabassum

Soane Medal 2021