Dr. Shayer Ghafur 2022-07-25T20:46:08+06:00

Dr. Shayer Ghafur


PhD (Oxford Brookes, UK), B. Arch (BUET), FIAB

Housing and Settlement Division

Curriculam Vitae

Areas of Interest

Resilience and Housing

Urbanism in the Global South

Urban Political Ecology

Urban Informality

Social Production of Housing


PG Theory:

ARCH 6307 Urbanism and Housing in Developing Countries

UG Theory:

ARCH 441 Housing

UG Studio:

Design Studio VII, VIII, IX, X

Prof. Shayer Ghafur graduated from BUET in December 1989 and joined the Dept. of Architecture, BUET, in November 1990 after a brief involvement in practice. He received Commonwealth Scholarship for doctoral research on spaces for home-based enterprises in intermediate-sized cities, Bangladesh, from Oxford Brookes University (UK). Motivation for an academic carrier came from the journal dissemination of his doctoral research, and ‘Otto Koenigsbergr Prize’ for the Best Article in Habitat International for the volume 2000. This housing-development platform has had progressively broadened his exploring social sciences and humanities’ engagement with architecture in Bangladesh. He kept pursuing social and urban theories’ informing design through design research, by engaging in a critical inter-disciplinary discourse to bridge pedagogy with practice. Offering urban design and housing theories and coordinating design studios at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels went on side-by-side carrying out pioneering research and publications on homelessness, densification, social exclusion, gender use of space, post-occupancy evaluation, and social production of housing in Bangladesh. He gave invited presentations in home and abroad on housing and urbanism issues, and served as Juror in national design competitions on urban design and housing. Post-humanist position aligned with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) inform his current interrogation of housing-settlement relations in an emerging (neo-liberal) urban in Bangladesh, and exploration of resilient dwelling through living-livelihood relations from a resilient perspective. Prof. Ghafur is currently the Coordinator of the Cell for Resilient Dwelling (CeRD), and is the lead editor of its first design research documentation publication Housing through Homesteads (2020).