Farhat Afzal

Associate Coordinator, Academic Program

Architect, Writer, Editor | Associate Coordinator, Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements

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 

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