Associate Coordinator, Academic Program
Farhat Afzal is an architect, working as an editor and researcher in the field of architecture history and theory in Dhaka. She is currently writing her master’s thesis as a graduate student of the Master of Architecture program at Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, focusing on history, theory and criticism. Professionally, she works as the Associate Coordinator of the academic program at Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements, where she is also the editor of its annual publication, Vas.
Farhat’s research interest lies in exploring the intersection of politics, identity issues and the built environment of postcolonial cities in South Asia. Another area of her interest is pedagogy and how imperialist ideas continue to influence design education in Bangladesh even in present times, and the ways it can be undone. She likes to engage in discussions involving colonialism in South Asia, and present her views through expository writings, which have been published in The Daily Star and New Age in Bangladesh.
Farhat considers herself to be a TEDster, after volunteering for two consecutive TEDxDhaka events and curating a TEDxAIUB event. Since 2016, she has been a contributor at Context BD, one of Bangladesh’s leading online platforms that publishes latest news and key issues in the fields of architecture, design and art. In her spare time, she enjoys photographing old buildings, documenting her reading habits on Instagram and maintaining her blog at http://farhatafzal.com
The team of researchers at the Institute took up the task to work on various projects that would address the ongoing challenges of the pandemic. An article on these projects has been published in the online version of Architecture Asia, the official journal of the Architects Regional Council Asia.
Farhan Karim uses Constantinos Doxiadis’s work as examples to show how the birth of nationalism is connected to other parameters. He provides historical background to the architect's work, details his works, and its influence during and after he was working in the subcontinent. He also provided context to the scene in which Doxiadis was working, his companions and intentions of the controversial architect.