Kazi Khaleed Ashraf

Kazi Khaleed Ashraf (also Kazi Ashraf) is an architect, urbanist, and architectural historian and critic. He is currently the director-general of Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

He has taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Pratt Institute in the USA. 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. He is the editor of the new series Locations: Anthology of Architecture and Urbanism.

Ashraf’s writings have covered diverse topics, from architecture in India and Bangladesh, past and present; the work of Louis Kahn, especially his landscape operations; and, the city of Dhaka, and the future it should choose. 

Ashraf received his bachelor of architecture degree from BUET in 1983. Later he received a Masters from MIT, and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Before heading the Bengal Institute beginning in 2015, Ashraf taught at the University of Hawaii, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Pratt Institute in the US. He is also a co-founder of the popular Bangla humor magazine Unmad, established in 1978, in which he contributed as a caricaturist. His editorial drawings have appeared in The NationThe Philadelphia Inquirer, and The New York Times.

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