Dr. Khandaker Shabbir Ahmed is a Professor at the Department of Architecture, BUET and holds a professional degree in architecture and a PhD from the renowned Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He has been involved in teaching and research for over 28 years and since then has become highly recognized for his work in the areas of environmental design in architecture. He specializes in Bioclimatic Urban Design and has special interests in Low Energy Buildings, High Performance Buildings and Sustainable Cities. His work is underpinned by the use of simulation techniques and theories that synergy design and research. Prof. Shabbir is a recipient of the ‘Best Paper Award’ at the Millennium Conference, PLEA 2000, hosted by the University of Cambridge, UK and recipient of ‘FORMAS Award’ from the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning in 2006. He has published papers on human comfort, urban microclimate and cities.
Professor Shabbir served as the Head of the Department of Architecture from July 2016 to July 2019. During his tenure he helped bring in policy changes supporting specializations in the programme, enhanced studio practice and developed strategies for close student mentorship, facilitated integration of technology in teaching and learning, in setting up digital fabrication lab, online course delivery and infrastructural development. He served as a member of the Committee for Advanced Studies and Research (CASR) of BUET. Later served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the ‘BUET Trust Fund’ and served as a member of the ‘CASR Monitoring Committee’ overseeing research undertaken by the faculty members of the university.