A. (Istiaque) Ahmed

A. (Istiaque) Ahmed



Action Research, Qualitative Research Methods, Participatory Design


M.Sc - The Bartlett, University College London (UCL), UK   
B.Arch - Khulna University, Bangladesh


  • Ahmed, I. and Islam, S. (2019). Investigating Pedestrian Based Informal Economy And Its Impact On Walkability In Dhaka City. Seminar Proceedings of ARCASIA Forum 20, Dhaka 2019. [Available at: http://www.iab.com.bd/Site/Publication?pid=9]
  • Ara Jafar, R., Habib, A. and Ahmed, I. (2019). An Empirical Study On Continuation, Transformation And Transfiguration Of Homestead Layout And Space Organization Of Handloom Communities In Bangladesh. Seminar Proceedings of ARCASIA Forum 20, Dhaka 2019.[Available at: http://www.iab.com.bd/Site/Publication?pid=9]
  • Ahmed, I. Mahmud, A. and Islam, S., (2014). A Study on Historical Transformation of the Urban Integration Core of Khulna City, Bangladesh, International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies 8(4), pp. 1410-1417 [Available at: https://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=]
  • Islam, S. and Ahmed, I. (2015). Sustainable Cultural Development of Ethnic Tea Garden Workers, Bangladesh, THAAP Journal - Culture, Art & Architecture of the Marginalised and the Poor, pp.119-128.
  • Islam, S. and Ahmed, I. (2015). Proposals for Image Reconstruction and Urban Regeneration: The Case of Khulna City, Bangladesh. Proceedings of the International Conference on 'Cities, People and Places'- ICCPP 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Al-Mamun, M., Mandal, D., Ahmed, I. and Begum, A. (2015). Rethinking the Residential Building Setback Rules of BNBC for a Sustainable Development of Chittagong City. International Conference on Chemical, Ecology and Environmental Sciences (ICEES 2015), Pattaya, Thailand.
  • Professional design project ‘Arcadia School’ at Saiful Haque Sthapati (SHS) published in the book Bengal Stream: The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh in 2017.


Istiaque Ahmed is PhD candidate in the Department of Urbanism (section Urban Design) at TU Delft. Istiaque holds a professional Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree from Khulna University in Bangladesh and an MSc (with Merit) from the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL. For his master's studies in the UK, Istiaque was awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship in 2015. Prior to joining here, he served as a full-time faculty member in several public and private universities in Bangladesh, namely DUET, CUET, and SUB. Istiaque did research apprenticeship with the eminent Dhaka based architect Saif Ul Haque and was a member of the Study and Design team for the ‘Arcadia Education Project’, which received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for 2017-2019 cycle.

As a built-environment professional, Istiaque’s research and practice focus on informal urbanisation, socio-environmental justice, urban risk, and participatory methodologies of design. He has undertaken action research, training, and capacity building at various levels and worked closely with communities to devise socio-environmentally just urbanisation strategies. His doctoral study is focused on climate adaptation and socio-spatial inequalities in cities.

Istiaque is affiliated with the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB), UCL Alumni Network, Bangladesh Association of Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows (BACSAF), and Bangladesh UK Alumni Network (BUKAN).

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  • 2015

    Commonwealth Scholarship in the UK

    For studying MSc in Environment & Sustainable Development at The Bartlett (Faculty of Built Environment) of University College London (UCL) in England.