Quazi Zaman Profile Image
Title: Dr
First Name: Quazi Mohd Mahtab-uz
Surname: Zaman
Position: Convenor and Editor: URBANISM AT BORDERS Global Research Group
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263510

Duties and Responsibilities

Stage Manager, Stage 2 Architecture (2018 - )

Stage Manager, Stage 1 Architecture (2014-2018)

Module Coordinator for:

  • History and Theory 5. The City and Contemporary Architecture
  • Elective: Contemporary Issues in Urban Design & Development, AC4012
  • Undergraduate Dissertation for Architecture and Built Environment (AC4002 and ACM007)

Academic 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)

Academic Scholarships

  • 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)
  • Master's of Urban Design, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (1993)
  • Bachelor of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Dhaka (1989)

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

  • 2017: Joy Akrah Conservation of Sakumo Ramsar site (inland wetlands), towards a sustainable urban environment, Tema – Ghana.
  • 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 (Principal Supervisor) (to be completed in 2017)
  • 2013: Jeremy Lambert (PhD), Solutions to Design Scheduling with Resource Constrained Review Timeframes (Principal Supervisor) (to be completed in 2017)
  • 2012: Azar Fershidi (PhD), Communal Space in Mass Housing, Investigation into non-intentional spaces (co-supervisor) (Completed)
  • 2010: Marta Miguel (MPhil): Micro-Project and its implication in Master planning (co-supervisor) (Completed)

Leadership Roles

  1. Course Leader: Construction Management, 2016 ~
  2. Coordinator: All dissertation across the various undergraduate and postgraduate courses of the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment, 2008 - 2016.
  3. Leadership in Learning Enhancement Coordinator (LEC) for the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, 2012 - 2015
  4. Coordinator, School Liaison, to engage secondary school with the architecture courses (Marketing)
  5. Community Engagement and Planning, since 2002 in various continents.
  6. Director: Centre for Architecture and Urban Design for China and Hong Kong, 2000 - 2002 (Research on Asian Urbanism)

Research Interests

  • Dr Zaman is currently investigation the discourse of ‘Urbanism at Borders’ and its valid connections to architecture and urban design disciplines by partnering with a team of global academics and researchers interested in collaboration. This has culminated into the first conference and research partnership building through ‘Urbanism at Borders’ 2018, in Aberdeen, Scotland during 5-7 September 2018. It has been agreed by the global researchers – around over 35 delegates from around the world to establish this partnership for a  longer-term research exploration on various issues on the subject of Urbanism at Borders. This is secured by a global partnership most of this is in-kind collaboration with no immediate intention of wandering around for research funding, since this is a permanent team works that uses self-declared research time and publications. The first book is underway targeting for March 2019. However, the global partners are open to suggestions and a volunteer entrance and exit provisions. Similarly funding organizations could make knowledge partnership and the research team will not disappoint without reciprocal outcome aiming for measurable outcomes – books, journal papers, text books, planning directives, shadow policy making for NGOs and policy makers. The second 2019 conference to be held in Malaga, Spain on 23-26 October, and subsequent research meetings/conference will be in Hungary 2020 and Mississippi USA in 2021.
  • Dr Zaman's research and teaching center on 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-centered urbanism, and a public realm interface 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.

Current Research

Community Outreach (Urban Planning & Design by community engagement)

School Outreach Programme – HELP.Kids (Healthy Environment & Life Planning for Kids)

HELP.Kids is an outreach programme launched in Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment, aiming to study city and children, and to engage in collaborative studies with children, which has the objective of allowing children to learn, play and grow in their learning space as well as in their social domain. Outcome of the exercise is to facilitate children taking part in action-oriented programme, such as Greening Campus in Aberdeen, Vision Setting in Kathmandu, solving urban problems in Dhaka with the help of Arch.KIDS initiative– all these adopt methods by ways of community engagement processes, with the help of 'Stitching Urban Vision [SUV]' technique/tool, together fragmented visions into a healthy and socially responsive PLACEMAKING manifestos and design decisions. Wick, Argyle Square place-making in heritage and cultural context: community engagement, 3D visualization methods, and student-public-professional interactions.

Urban Design Research and Application through Partnering Students and Communities

  1. Urban Design Coordinator: Historical mapping and urban form analysis, using 3D scanning and digitising language of making cities. Full details: News: Architecture students map changing face of city street
    Quoted from the project review: David Parkinson, Late Deacon Convener of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen, added: " is the first stage of a long term project that we will be looking to develop going forward. We can provide the information but don't necessarily have the expertise to collate that information into a form that can easily be read or interpreted and that is where the help of the students is invaluable."
  2. Urban Design Coordinator: Designing place-making with children, Architecture students unveil ideas for new Portlethen Primary playground, Full details: News: Architecture students to design new playground for Portlethen pupils and News: Architecture students unveil ideas for new Portlethen primary playground
    Quoted from the project review: "The project is based on the ethos of the community as an extended class room, which allows the students to undertake their learning out with the traditional structures, and also ties in with the university's interest in using its knowledge and skills to the benefit of the local area."
  3. Urban Design Coordinator: Designing place-making with children, 'Cities by Children': Aberdeen kids get hands on in international architecture project', Full details: News: Cities by children aberdeen kids get hands on in international architecture project
    Quoted from the project review: '"It was fascinating to watch the interaction between the Junior School pupils and those from the Senior School as they worked together. They clearly had different desires for how the campus should be used and had to then learn to compromise as their shared vision developed. The project has generated a real buzz of enthusiasm around the whole school."
  4. Urban Design Coordinator: Argyle Square Redevelopment by community engagement, Wick, North of Scotland, UK. Full details 'Highland project for RGU Architecture students': Newsl Highland project for RGU architecture students
    Quoted from the project review: "Place-making can be a difficult task at times due to having many unknown clients with variable aspirations which are hard to measure and to register. To counter this we will be using a state-of-the-art community engagement method, called Stitching Urban Vision (SUV), which allows us to take a range of conflicting aspirations and identify a commonly agreed vision which is pragmatic and sustainable."
  5. Urban Design Coordinator: Place-making in CLAN – Cancer Support for All (2018)
    Creating sensory and therapeutic spaces, bridging the gap between indoor and outdoor environments, was central to CLAN’s design remit. Students obtained knowledge on the significance of social space for health and wellbeing; and how urban design strategies could help creating therapeutic space for the terminally ill individuals.
    Susanne Shepherd, Communications & Marketing Manager at CLAN, said: “Each group took the CLAN brief and produced creative and imaginative work which fulfilled our brief of being accessible, forward thinking and creating an additional asset to CLAN House.
    “From the initial meeting the CLAN team had with the students to the final presentation of the ideas, we were struck by the enthusiasm and professionalism of the group.”
  6. Urban Design Coordinator: Place-making for active youth in Transition Extreme (2018)
    Transition Extreme’s vision was the regeneration of ambiguous and undefined outdoor spaces into active and more inclusively designed zones for use by the wider public. Students were tasked to integrate parts and parcel of outdoor spaces and applied urban design strategies to stitch together these disjointed spaces into a coherent, engaging, and active spaces for children and youth. Health and space was the theoretical understanding behind the project.
    Grahame Paterson, the CEO of Transition Extreme, said: “It is priceless for organisations like Transition Extreme to be able to work in partnership with the Robert Gordon University, and we are delighted that this latest project together showcases the value of the relationship.
    “I have been impressed by the quality of work, the professional processes that students followed their ability to absorb a detailed briefing and reflect the objective of the project so well.”
  7. Urban Design Coordinator: Place-making for Danestone Primary School: . Children at Danestone Primary have engaged in a collaborative design project with third year students at Robert Gordon University (RGU). As part of the initiative, the youngsters gave options on what they would like to see in their playground, as well as learning about the planning stage required. Dr Quazi Zaman, who is leading the class at RGU, said: “We’re working with small groups of Primary 1 to Primary 7 and students and school pupil have collaborated to generate place-making attributes for an active and engaging play-ground for the school.
  8. Urban Design Coordinator: Public realm regeneration for Gallowgate and Seamount Court housing in Aberdeen: The project allowed students to interact with residents to know the place-responsive urban issues in order to draft a new place-making for the residents of all ages. Particular, the design addressed the ageing community by proposing community garden scheme. More information:


In May-June 2017, Dr Zaman received a seed funding from SFC (Scottish Funding Council) worth £3000 to explore a collaborative research with Bangladesh (Waste Concern) and Curtin University, Australia, on the topic for Circular Economy through RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel) production. 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-Farabi Kazakhstan National University in Almaty (2013).

Professional Memberships

  • 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)

External / Professional Roles

  1. External Examiner, PhD at Informal Urbanism Research Hub?, The University of Melbourne, Australia, 2020
  2. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) reviewer, 2019
  3. External Examiner, PhD at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana, 2016
  4. External Examiner: PhD at Alcala University [Universidad de Alcalá], Madrid, Spain. 2016
  5. External Examiner: PhD at Sydney University, Australia. 2014
  6. External Examiner, M Architecture, Auckland University, New Zealand. 2002-2004


  1. Zaman, Q M (2019), Urbanism at Borders – Discourse Analysis, Routledge (on process).
  2. Zaman, Q M et al. (2018), Theorizing Social Fear and Contested Urbanism of Displacement, Alienation and Contemporary processes of Political, Economic and Religious-induced Mobility: A Cross Cultural Studies, paper presented at the International Congress Communication, City and Public Space, VII World Meeting of UNESCO Chairs in Communication, Lima., Peru.
  3. Zaman, Q M et al. (2018), Theorizing Social Fear and Contested Urbanism of Displacement, Alienation and Contemporary processes of Political, Economic and Religious-induced Mobility: A Cross Cultural Studies, paper presented at the International Congress Communication, City and Public Space, VII World Meeting of UNESCO Chairs in Communication, Lima., Peru.
  4. Zaman, Q M (2018), Community as extended Class room, paper presented at the Future Work, Future Graduates: Forging the Link, Teaching and Learning Conference, Robert Gordon University.
  5. Zaman, Quazi and Meir, N (2018), Berlin: A City Awaits, Springerbrief in Geography, SpringerVerlag, Switzerland
  6. Zaman, Quazi and Troiani, Igea (eds.) (2018), Transdisciplinary Urbanism and Culture – pedagogy to praxis, SpringerVerlag, Switzerland.
  7. Zaman, Q M (2016), Challenges in Design Communication with Children: Experiencing Process by Practice, in Uddin, S et al. (editors), Inclusiveness in Design, 2016 Design Communication European Conference Proceedings, May 11-14, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey.
  8. Co-authored with Marta A G Miguel and Richard Laing (2016), Explorations of an urban intervention management system: A reflection on how to deal with urban complex systems and deliver dynamic change, in Cladwell, G A, Smith, Carl H and Clift E M (editors), Digital Futures and the City of Today, Intellect Ltd., UK.
  9. 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
  10. Nowobilska, M and Zaman, Quazi M (2013), Potsdamer Platz – The Making of Berlin, Springer Brief, Springer Verlag, Switzerland.
  11. 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.
  12. Zaman, Quazi (2011), Adaptive Re-use and Urban Regeneration in Dhaka – A theoretical exploration, Open House International, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 45-58
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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.

Editorial Board (peer reviewed) Journals

  • Open House International (International Editorial Board)
  • Global Built Environment Review, UK (Commissioning Editor and Editorial Board)
  • Architectural Humanities Research Association Journal, UK (International Editorial Board)

International Public Exhibition on Asian Cities in Transition

  1. International Roving Exhibition on ‘Emerging Vertical Cities in Asia’, travelled with joint seminars and exhibition in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Madrid, Berlin, London, New York, Eindhoven, Paris, Manila, 2000
  2. Extreme New Urbanism in Asia, Cornell University, USA 2007
  3. Tale of Asian Cities in Transition, PennSTATE University, USA 2008
  4. Vertical Urbanism in Asia, Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University, Scotland, UK 2009