Dr Tanzil Shafique

B.Arch, M.Arch, PhD, FHEA

School of Architecture

Lecturer in Urban Design

Leader, Internationalisation

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Dr Tanzil Shafique
School of Architecture
Arts Tower
Western Bank
S10 2TN

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

  1. 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)
  2. Morphogenesis of Informal Settlements (in collaboration with Informal Urbanism Research Hub, University of Melbourne)
  3. Wala urbanism: ecology of street vending (in development)
  4. 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


Journal articles

Research group

Design, engagement and practice


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
UG Communications

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