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Working at the intersection of architecture, landscape and the city, Kazi Khaleed Ashraf has authored books and essays on architecture in Bangladesh and India, the work of Louis Kahn, and the city of Dhaka. His various writings on the architecture of Bangladesh have provided a theoretical ground for understanding both the historical and contemporary forms of architecture, while his written and design work on Dhaka advances that city as a “theorem” for understanding urbanism in a deltaic geography.
Ashraf has taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Pratt Institute in the USA, and lectured widely internationally. He is the author of numerous publications including The Hermit’s Hut: Architecture and Asceticism in India (2012), An Architect in Bangladesh: Conversations with Muzharul Islam (2014) and Designing Dhaka: A Manifesto for a Better City (2012). His essays and articles have appeared in the Architectural Review, Architectural Design, Topos, Economic and Political Weekly, and other periodicals. Ashraf and contributing team received the Pierre Vago Journalism Award from the International Committee of Architectural Critics for the Architectural Design publication “Made in India.” He is the editor of the new series Locations: Anthology of Architecture and Urbanism.
Some of his works, writings, drawings and conversations can be found on https://kaziashraf.com
The tropical climate is unique in its own diverse way and it has a direct impact on the design of our built environment; thus ‘tropics’ as a topic is in the discussion of design, architecture and situated place making ever since the modernism and beyond.
On the occasion of the death anniversary of Muzharul Islam on 15th July, Bengal Institute presents a one-of-a-kind conversation between Saif Ul Haque and Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, commemorating the life and ideology of the pioneer of modern architecture.
Michael Manfredi, Marion Weiss and Kazi Ashraf discuss the urban and landscape considerations to be made for any architecture project, their design philosophies and works in the riveting fourth episode of BI Between.
Along with the exhibition in currently running at the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel, Switzerland, the book of the same title "Bengal Stream: The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh" has been launched in Dhaka on 2nd March, 2018 at Westin Dhaka
The Second Bengal Architecture Symposium was organised by Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements and Bengal Foundation to honour the works and philosophy of two renowned architects, Balkrishna Doshi and Juhani Pallasmaa.
Published in An Architecture of Independence: The Making of Modern South Asia, edited by Kazi Khaleed Ashraf and James Belluardo, with an introduction by Kenneth Frampton (published by The Princeton Architectural Press and The Architectural League of New York, 1997). Publication was part of an exhibition of the same title, organized by The Architectural League of New York, 1997.
A compilation of excerpts from talks by Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, Konrad Ng and Marina Tabassum on the broad theme of redefining the public realm, for Bengal Institute's special course on 'Learning from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture'.
Muzharul Islam, Kazi Khaleed Ashraf and Saif Ul Haque presented a second paper at the 1985 Aga Khan Seminar in Dhaka "Regionalism in Architecture." This text is another example of Muzharul Islam's clear thinking and writing on the role of the government, educational institutions and the professional body in the production of better architecture. Taken from the Proceedings of 1985 seminar.
‘স্মার্টসিটি ক্যাম্পেইন' এর জন্য ধারণকৃত কাজী খালিদ আশরাফ এর মূলানুগ বক্তব্য; এখানে তিনি আধুনিক শহর এবং এর আনুষাঙ্গিক ধারণা, সেই সাথে ঢাকা এবং বাংলাদেশের অন্যান্য শহরের বর্তমান ও ভবিষ্যৎ নিয়ে আলোকপাত করেছেন।