Quazi Zaman Profile Image
Title: Dr
First Name: Quazi Mohd Mahtab-uz
Surname: Zaman
Position: Lecturer in Urban Design & Architecture
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263510

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Module Coordinator for:

  • Design Philosophy 5, Cities in Context
  • Contemporary Issues in Urban Design & Development
  • Masters of Architecture Dissertation
  • MSc Advanced Architectural Studies Research Project
  • BSc/Msc Built Environment Dissertation
  • Design Tutor RIBA Part 2: Architecture Masters Studio

IDEAS Research Institute Member

Steering Committee Member: Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA)

 Academic Background

  • US Fulbright Senior Teaching and Research Fellow, College of Art, Architecture and Planning, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (2007-2008)
  • Post-graduate in Shelter Design & Development [SDD], Lund University, Lund, Sweden (2006-2007)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2000)
  • Masters of Urban Design, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (1993)
  • Bachelor of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Dhaka (1989)

Research Interests / Professional Background

Dr Quazi Zaman has held various teaching and researching posts since 1992, including:

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Hong Kong University (2000-2002)
  • Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow, Oxford Brookes University (2001).
  • Research Assistant, Hong Kong University (1998-2000)
  • Research Assistant, OMA Asia and GSD Harvard University (1996).
  • Associate Professor, BRAC University (2002-2007).

Dr Zaman’s research and teaching centre around the subject of urban design and architectural manifestation in the urban context, focusing on new urbanism, regionalism and regeneration, the healthy city by urban design, vertical urbanism, emerging new versus traditional urbanism in Asia, the mega-city (a new mode of production of space and theorizing urban congestions project), child-centred urbanism, and a public realm interfaces study. 

In addition, he has also served in the World Bank's 'Doing Business' research project (2002-2008) and was a consultant for the World Bank-assisted Entrepreneur, International Finance and Facilities Centre in Bangladesh (2004-2008), where he generated a number of urban design and development guidelines for Private-Public Partnership projects, significantly for the International Trade Centre.
Besides his teaching career, he has extensive architectural and urban design consultancy experience in Hong Kong and Bangladesh. 

Additional Information / Media Work / Funding

As part of the IDEAS Research Institute, Dr Zaman obtained a small grant to kick start research on urban design in the city centre of Aberdeen - £3,600 (2010-2011). He also received funding for the Potsdamer Platz study and book publication (2013), as well as British Council funding to explore teaching and research linkage with Al-Farabai Kazakhstan National University in Almaty (2013).

Design Competition Entries and Accolades

2013: Professional Award at Core77, New York, for Greening Campus – HelpKIDS collaborative design process

2006: Honorary Mention, Lawachara National Tourist Information Centre, UNESCO, Ministry of Forest, Bangladesh (2006).

1997: Second Prize, International Housing Design Competition, Association of Collegiate School of Architecture, USA & OTIS USA (1997) 

PhD/MPhil Supervision

2014: Bisi Olumide (University of Lagos, Department of Architecture), Social Housing Design & Transformation Issues in Lagos (as co-supervisor)

2013: Ixiar Ugalde (PhD), Children-centred Urbanism 

2013: Jeremy Lambert (PhD), Solutions to Design Scheduling with Resource Constrained Review Timeframes

2012: Azar Fershidi (PhD), Communal Space in Mass Housing, Investigation into non-intentional spaces (co-supervisor)

2010: Marta Miguel (MPhil): Micro-Project and its implication in Master planning (co-supervisor)

Professional Body Membership

  • Registered Full Member, Hong Kong Urban Design Institute (since 2013)
  • Fellow, Institute of Architects Bangladesh (since 1989)
  • Asiatic Society, Bangladesh (since 2002)
  • European Housing Research Network (Sweden) (since 2000)
  • Asian Planning Network for Housing Research (Hong Kong) (since 2000)
  • Housing Research Network (Hong Kong) (since 2000)

Key Publications  

  1. Zaman, Quazi and Troiani, Igea (eds.) (forthcoming in 2014), Changing Principles and Praxis in Urban Research, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, London.
  2. Co-authored with Farshidi A. and Deveci G. (2013), Theoretical Underpinning of Passive Communal Spaces in Urban Residential Developments Case of selected housing typologies in the United Kingdom, Human And Social Sciences at the Common Conference, November, 18. - 22. 2013
  3. Nowobilska, M and Zaman, Quazi M (2013), Postdamer Platz – The Making of Berlin, Springer Brief, Springer Verlag, Switzerland.
  4. Zaman, Quazi and Laing, Richard (2013), Sustainable Approach to Regenerating Residential Form and Density: A Case of Dhaka, Urban Studies Research, Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 783792, 12 pages, Hindawi Publishing Corporation.
  5. Zaman, Quazi (2011), Adaptive Re-use and Urban Regeneration in Dhaka – A theoretical exploration, Open House International, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 45-58
  6. Zaman, Quazi et al.  (2007), In Search of a Habitable Urban Space-Built Ratio: A Case Study of Building and Planning Regulation in Dhaka City, in J H Bay and B L Ong. (Editors), Tropical Sustainable Architecture: Social and Environmental Dimensions, Architectural Press (Elsevier), UK., pp. 125-147, ISBN 0-75-066797-4
  7. Zaman, Q M (2004), Hong Kong: Density and Sustainable Urban Form, Journal of Research in Architecture and Planning, Department of Architecture and Planning, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan.
  8. Zaman, Quazi et al.  (2002), Difficulties in Achieving Open Building in the Mass Housing in Hong Kong and Implication of User Participation, Architectural Science Review, Vol. 45, No. 3, September 2002, pp. 175 – 181.
  9. Zaman, Quazi et al.  (2000), Constrains in achieving a total open building in the mass housing in Hong Kong and implication of user participation, in Geraedts Rob et al (ed), Continuous Customisation in Housing, Conference of CIB W104 Open Building Implementation: OBT 2000: Open Building in Tokyo, 16 - 18 October 2000, Tokyo.
  10. Zaman, Quazi et al.  (2000), City Expansion Policy versus Compact City Demand: The Case of Dhaka, in Jenks M. and Burgess R. (eds.), The Compact Cities: Sustainable Urban Form for Developing Countries, Spon Press, London, pp. 141 – 152, ISBN 0-419-25130-8
  11. Zaman, Quazi et al.  (2000), High-Density ‘Instant City: Pudong in Shanghai, in Jenks M. and Burgess R. (eds.), The Compact Cities: Sustainable Urban Form for Developing Countries, Spon Press, London, pp. 103 –116, ISBN 0-419-25130-8
  12. Zaman, Quazi et al. (2000), The Compact City of Hong Kong: A Sustainable Model for Asia?,  in Jenks M. and Burgess R. (eds.), The Compact Cities: Sustainable Urban Form for Developing Countries, Spon Press, London, pp. 255 - 268,  ISBN 0-419-25130-8
  13. Zaman, Quazi (2000), Asian Megacities – Reconciliation with the World City Order, Hinge, Vol. 66, pp. 36 – 52.

Lecture Documentations/Peer Reviewed Proceedings

  1. Globalization, Urban Auditing and Search for Sustainable Dhaka, South Asia Program, Cornell University, USA (2008)
  2. Tale of Three Asia Cities, Department of Architecture, PennSTATE University, USA (2008)
  3. "Importance of Urban Design in Architecture to Achieve a Sustainable Urban Development in Dhaka", 6th Biennial Conference and 10th Anniversary Celebration of The International Urban Planning and Environment Association in Louisville, KY, USA, organized by the University of Louisville, KY, USA, September 4-8, 2004
  4. “Space of Democracy – Growth of Transient Space in Bengali Culture”, in Annual Colloquium: Mapping Identities: Urban Landscapes and the Discourse of Space, in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the Catholic University of America, April 3, 2004, Washington DC, USA.
  5. Research Paper (Megacities Case Study: Pudong, Shanghai) presented at the Megacities-Compact Cities – Urban Form and Sustainability, Mini-Conference, organised by the members of the OCSD-Cities, Oxford Brookes University, 30 November 2000, Oxford, The United Kingdom.
  6. Research Paper (Megacities Case Study: Compact City Hong Kong) presented at the International Conference on Multi-purpose High-rise Towers & Tall Buildings – The Vertical City: New Challenges for the Megacities of the 21st Century, Palacio Municipal de Congresos, 7 – 10 November 2000, Madrid, Spain.
  7. Research Paper (Megacities Case Study: Sustainable City Form: Hong Kong) presented at the Centre Francais due Commerce Exterieur (CFCE), Paris, Organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  (EGIDE) Paris and Consulate General of France of Hong Kong, 7 - 20 November 2000, Paris, France.
  8. Research Paper (Megacities Case Study: Instant City Pudong) presented at the Department of Building & Architecture, Faculteit Bouwkunde, Technishe Universitet Eindhoven, 29 – 31 October 2000, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
  9. Research Paper (Megacities Case Study: Hong Kong Compact City) presented at the Fachereich Archtektur, Technische Universitat Berlin, Habitat Unit, 20 October – 3 November 2000, Berlin.