GRA - Ach
Potter Rose Graduate Fellowship, 2019-2020
UTSOA Independent Research Travel Scholarship, Summer 2019

I am a masters student in the Community & Regional Planning program at the University of Texas at Austin. My masters thesis is focused on rethinking the Rohingya refugee settlement paradigms in the context of Bangladesh. I am interested in centering social equity and diversity concerns in the planning of the built environment.  I am deeply committed to shaping my academic and professional work around the knowledge and lived experiences of marginalized communities whose interests are hardly reflected in planning practice and research paradigms. In doing so, I am eager to explore the tensions between local knowledge production and traditional development approaches in shaping the planning and design of the built environment discourse for those communities. 

My undergraduate major was Architecture and my final year graduating project was focused on sustainable preservation of a marginalized fishermen community in Bangladesh. I have more than two years of teaching experience in the field of architecture and planning in Bangladesh. I taught design studios which were primarily focused on activity-space relationships and urban design. I also taught courses on the history and theory of Architecture and Design theory. I am currently on study leave to pursue my masters in planning. 

Education

  • M.S.in Community and Regional Planning (expected graduation May 2020)
  • B. Arch., Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  @UTSOA
  • Social Equity Planning, Displaced Communities and Place-making Efforts, Environmental Justice, Urban Development Processes, Disaster Recovery and Planning