Dr Tanzil Shafique
B.Arch, M.Arch, PhD, FHEA
School of Architecture
Lecturer in Urban Design
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School of Architecture
Tanzil Shafique completed his Ph.D. in Urban Design at the Melbourne School of Design where he also taught graduate urban planning and design studios. He is an international affiliate of the Informal Urbanism Research Hub (InfUr-) at the University of Melbourne. He co-founded and now co-directs Estudio Abierto/Open Studio, a think+do tank on architecture and urbanism. Previously he was a Research Fellow and Faculty at the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design as well as practiced urban design as a Project Designer at the Community Design Center--both at the University of Arkansas, USA. His work in UACDC has garnered numerous AIA National Award for Urban and Regional Planning, as well as his writing on design philosophy and urbanism has been published internationally. He holds a professional B.Arch from BRAC University and an M.Arch in Ecological Urbanism from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.
- Bachelor of Architecutre (BRAC University, Bangladesh)
- Master of Architecture in Ecological Urbanism (Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York)
- PhD in Urban Design (University of Melbourne, Australia)
- Research interests
Ongoing research projects
- Socio-spatiality of shitting well: Exploring sanitation dynamics and futures in informal settlements (in collaboration with University of Liverpool and Brac University Center for Inclusive Architecture and Urbanism)
- Morphogenesis of Informal Settlements (in collaboration with Informal Urbanism Research Hub, University of Melbourne)
- Wala urbanism: ecology of street vending (in development)
- Minority cities: towards an urbanism of diversity (in development)
Research Interest and PhD supervision areas
Theme 1: Practice-oriented Keywords: Informal settlements, informal housing, urban informality, slum upgrading practices, international development and urban design
Theme 2: Theory-oriented Assemblage thinking in architecture and urban design, Deleuze studies, ontological design, pluriversality and decolonization,
Theme 3: Methodology-oriented Keywords: Social dynamics of urban morphology, urban mapping at the scale of lived reality, spatial ethnography, social-spatial linkages
Theme 4: Area-oriented Keywords: Dhaka/Bangladesh, East London/UK
- Re‐arranging the urban: Forms, rhythms, politics. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.
- Reimagining (informal) housing futures in uncertain times. International Journal of Housing Policy.
- Re-thinking housing through assemblages: Lessons from a Deleuzean visit to an informal settlement in Dhaka. Housing Studies.
- Towards a morphogenesis of informal settlements. Habitat International, 104, 102240-102240.
- The Socio-pol-ethical Confluence of the Architect: The Idiot, the Activist and the Dreamer. sITA(6).
- Book review forum podcast: The Surrounds. Urban Studies, 004209802311725-004209802311725.
- People move, policies don’t: discursive partition against climate-impacted dwellers in urbanizing Bangladesh. Environment and Urbanization, 095624782211498-095624782211498.
- Research group
Academic Awards, Grants and Fellowships
- (2018) Sessional Teaching Excellence Award, University of Melbourne
- (2017) AU$ 200,000+ Melbourne Research Scholarship, University of Melbourne for doctoral research
- (2017) Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) / AIA Housing Design Education Award (for ‘Housing for Aging in Community’)
- (2017) $250,000 Grant by Walmart Family Foundation for Affordable Housing Programme, University of Arkansas Architecture School Dean’s Office
- (2014) Dean’s Graduate Faculty Award for Academic Excellence, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York
- (2013) Postgraduate Scholarship, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York
- (2012) Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Highest Academic Achievement, BRAC University
- (2007-2011) Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, BRAC University
- Teaching activities
PGT Urban Design Project
PGT Urban Design Thesis
PGT Trajetories in Urban Design
PGT Tools and Methods in Urban Design
PGT Participation in Urban Design
- Professional activities and memberships
- Associate Member, American Institute of Architects
- Affiliate Member, Royal Institute of British Architects
- Associate Member, Institute of Architects Bangladesh
- Member, Urban Design Group