Kazi Khaleed Ashraf

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Kazi Khaleed Ashraf
Alma mater Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
Occupation Architect

Kazi Khaleed Ashraf is a Bangladeshi architect, urbanist and architectural historian.[1][2] Writing from the intersection of architecture, landscape and the city, Ashraf has authored books and essays on architecture in India and Bangladesh, 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 and contributing team received the Pierre Vago Journalism Award from the International Committee of Architectural Critics for the Architectural Design publication Made in India.[3] He has also co-authored a number of publications with the architect Saif Ul Haque. Ashraf has recently established an international publication series called Locations: Anthology of Architecture and Urbanism that will present works and features from around the globe.

Ashraf received his bachelor of architecture from BUET in 1983. Later he received Masters from MIT and PhD from University of Pennsylvania. Currently, director-general of Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements.[4] Ashraf also taught at University of Hawaii,[5] the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Pratt Institute.[3]

He is also co-founder of the cartoon magazine Unmad.[6] established in 1978, in which he contributed as a cartoonist. His editorial drawings have appeared in The Nation, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the New York Times.


  • National Capital of Bangladesh (GA Edita, Tokyo, 1994)
  • An Architecture of Independence: The Making of Modern South Asia, with James Belluardo (Architectural League of New York, New York, 1997)
  • Pundranagar to Sherebanglanagar: Architecture in Bangladesh, with Saif Ul Haque and Raziul Ahsan (Chetana, Dhaka, 1997)
  • Sherebanglanagar: Louis Kahn and the Making of a Capital Complex (Loka Press, Dhaka, 2002)
  • Made in India (AD, London, 2007)
  • Designing Dhaka: A Manifesto for a Better City (Loka Press, Dhaka, 2012)
  • The Hermit's Hut: Asceticism and Architecture in India (Spatial Habitus) (University of Hawaii Press, 2013)
  • Louis Kahn: House of the Nation with Richard Saul Wurman and Grischa Ruschendorf (ORO Editions, 2014)
  • Locations: Anthology of Architecture and Urbanism Volume 1 (ORO Editions and Bengal Foundation, 2016)


  1. ^ Kazi Khaleed Ashraf (2010-03-07). "A new Dhaka is possible". Thedailystar.net. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  2. ^ http://www.thedailystar.net/drivers-economy/new-visions-the-city-1364851
  3. ^ a b "Kazi Ashraf" (PDF). Web1.arch.hawaii.edu. Retrieved 2012-09-09. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ http://arch.bengal.institute
  5. ^ "Chancellor's Citation for Meritorious Teaching :: University of Hawaii at Manoa". Hawaii.edu. 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  6. ^ "U N M A D - h O m E : kNOw thyself-Think about others". Unmadproducts.com. Retrieved 2012-09-08.