Dr. Roxana Hafiz

Professor, DURP, BUET.

Email: roxanahahiz@urp.buet.ac.bd

Academic Qualification

  • PhD (2000): University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
  • MURP (1987): Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka.
  • BArch (1977): Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

Research Interest

  • EHousing, Urban land Policy,
  • Urban Development and Design,
  • Landscape Design

Recognized and refereed Journals/Proceedings:

  • Rahman,M., Zaman, K., & Hafiz, R. (2016). Translating Text into Space for Mapping the Past Territory of a City: A Study on Spatial Development of Dhaka during Mughal period. City, Territory and Architecture, 3. Springer Open: DOI: 10.1186/s40410-016-0036-y.
  • R. Hafiz et al, Residential Communities and Recycling: Improving the Quality of Living Environment through better Solid Waste Management, in Z. Ahmed, M. Zaman and R. Hafiz (Eds.) Proceedings of the International Seminar on Architecture: Overcoming Constraints, Organized by the Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, 11-13 June, 2003, pp. 59-65.
  • R. Hafiz, Agricultural Practices, Human Settlements and Ecology of a Semi-Tropical Region, in AGRO-ENVIRON, Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Sustainable Agro-Environmental Systems: New Technologies and Applications, GM Samie, I. El-Kassis and SM Arafat (Eds.), 26-29 October, 2002, Cairo, Egypt, pp. 77.
  • R. Hafiz, Comfort and Quality of Indoor and Outdoor Spaces in a Semi-Tropical Humid City: An Analysis of Urban Planning and Design, Design with the Environment, Proceedings of Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) 2002, Tome 1 (Vol. 1), GRECO (Groupe de Recherche Environnement Conception) and ACAD (Association de Cooperation entre Actuers du Developpement) (Eds.), Toulouse, France, July 2002, 403-409.
  • R. Hafiz, Renewable Energy and Rural Development in Bangladesh, in Renewable Energy for Rural Development, Proceedings of the International Conference on Renewable Energy for Rural Development,  AMMS Islam and DC Infield (Eds.), 19-21 January, 2002, pp. 305-314.
  • R. Hafiz and L. Nahar, Conservation of Architectural Heritages in Dhaka, in Nagar Shailey, A Publication on Urban Planning Affairs, Vol. 1, R. Hafiz (Ed.), October 2001, pp. 10-14.
  • R. Hafiz, Financing Housing and Increasing the Affordability of the Rural People in Bangladesh, in the Proceedings of the Third Housing and Hazards International Conference,  SM Seraj, RLP Hodgson  and KI Ahmed (Eds.), Dhaka, Bangladesh, November 2000 & Exeter, UK, December, 2000, pp. 61-65.
  • R. Hafiz, Adapting Traditional Housing Design to cope with Natural Hazards: Stilt Houses for Flood-prone Areas of Bangladesh, in the Proceedings of the Third Housing and Hazards International Conference, SM Seraj, RLP Hodgson and KI Ahmed (Eds.), Dhaka, Bangladesh, November 2000 and Exeter, UK, December, 2000, pp. 61-65.
  • R. Hafiz, Quality of Life for Women in the Capital city, a paper presented in the Seminar on “Women in Urban Governance”, World Habitat Day, Organized by the Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Government of Bangladesh, 3 October 2000.
  • R. Hafiz, High-rise Residential Buildings and the Urban Environment: A Study in Dhaka, in Architecture City and Environment, Proceedings of Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) 2000, K. Steemers and S. Yannas (Eds.), University of Cambridge, UK, July 2000, pp.369-375.
  • R. Hafiz, After the Flood : Hydraulic Society, Capital and Poverty, in IQOLC 2000, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Quality of Life in Cities, Singapore, March 2000,  Vol. 1, pp. 595-605.

Conference and seminar proceedings

  • R. Hafiz, Housing Situations in Bangladesh: Problems and Prospects, Key note paper, Round Table Conference on “Housing Situations in Bangladesh”, organized by the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Dhaka, 6 November, 2001.
  • R. Hafiz, Cities without Slums: Reflecting on Dhaka, a paper presented in the seminar for World Habitat Day 2001, Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Government of Bangladesh, October, 2001.
  • R. Hafiz, Housing as a Tool to Improve the Environmental Condition of the City, Planners Week, October, 2003.Also presented this paper in the Lectures Series of Jahangirnagar University, March 2002.
  • R. Hafiz, Social Attitudes towards Women in Technical Education and Profession, a theme paper for the Workshop on “A Baseline Analysis on Women in Technical Education and Profession in Bangladesh”, organized by the Gender Equity Policy Group, University of Alberta-BUET Institutional Linkage Project and CIDA, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, 02 May 2002.
  • R. Hafiz, Development of Dhaka: An Investigation of Urban Planning and Design, Lecture given to the Major Generals of the  Bangladesh Army, National Defence College, Mirpur Cantonment, Dhaka, 2003.
  • R. Hafiz and S. Jahan, Bangladesh Campaign for Secure Tenure, an article prepared for Bangladesh as part of the program for “Global Campaign for Secure Tenure”, sponsored by UN-HABITAT and RADOL,  Dhaka, April, 2004.
  • R. Hafiz and SJ Nancy, Effects of Commercialization on Adjoining Residential Areas: A Study of Dhanmondi and Banani, URP Seminar Series 2004, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, BUET, 22 June, 2004.
  • R. Hafiz et al, Reviving the Heritage of Shankhari Bazaar through Community Participation, URP Seminar Series 2004, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, BUET, 22 June, 2004 (Also presented in the Commonwealth Association of Planners Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5-7 July 2004).
  • MSB Kashem and R. Hafiz, Sustainability of Development Trends in the Urban Fringe: A Case Study on North-Eastern Dhaka City, Protibesh, a Journal of the Department of Architecture, BUET, Vol. 12, No. 2, January 2008.
  • R. Hafiz, Evolution of Housing Patterns in Dhaka: From Huts to High-Rise Apartments, a paper presented in the International Conference on The History, Heritage and Urban Issues of Capital Dhaka, Vol.3, Celebration of 400 Years of Capital Dhaka, organized by  the Asiatic society of Bangladesh, Dhaka, March 2008
  • R. Hafiz, Conservation in Dhaka, a paper presented in the International Conference on The History, Heritage and Urban Issues of Capital Dhaka, Vol.3, Celebration of 400 Years of Capital Dhaka, organized by  the Asiatic society of Bangladesh, Dhaka, March 2008
  • R. Hafiz, Urban Hazards in Dhaka, a paper presented in the International Conference on The History, Heritage and Urban Issues of Capital Dhaka, Vol.3, Celebration of 400 Years of Capital Dhaka, organized by  the Asiatic society of Bangladesh, Dhaka, March 2008
  • R. Hafiz, Urban Services Delivery in Dhaka, a paper presented in the International Conference on The History, Heritage and Urban Issues of Capital Dhaka, Vol.3, Celebration of 400 Years of Capital Dhaka, organized by  the Asiatic society of Bangladesh, Dhaka, March 2008
  • R. Hafiz, Architecture of Dhaka: Secular and Religious Architecture of the Pakistan and Bangladesh Periods, a paper presented in the International Conference on The History, Heritage and Urban Issues of Capital Dhaka, Vol.2, Celebration of 400 Years of Capital Dhaka, organized by  the Asiatic society of Bangladesh, Dhaka, March 2008

Book and editing

  • Co-author of Architectural and Urban Conservation in the Islamic World, Khan Mohammad Mridha’s Mosque, Lalbagh, Dhaka; The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Switzerland, 1989.
  • Co-author of Report on Improving Metropolitan Living Environments Through Strengthening Housing Sector Activities, United Centre for Regional Development, Nagoya, Japan, 1989.
  • Co-author of Urban Landuse: Inner City – Problems and Prospects in Nazrul Islam and Amirul Islam Choudhury (eds.) Urban Land Management in Bangladesh; Ministry of Land, Ministry of Works, Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh and UNESCAP, 1992.
  • Co-author of Report on Food Godown Rehabilitation and Maintenance, Training and Pilot project, under the joint venture of the Directorate General of Food, Ministry of Food, Bangladesh and the Directorate General of Internal Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the Netherlands, 1993.
  • R. Hafiz, The Urban Frontiers of Dhaka: Creating Space above the Water, in S. Jahan and M. Zaman (Eds.) Urbanization in Bangladesh: Emerging Challenges, published by the Bangladesh Institute of Planners, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2004,
  • R. Hafiz, Evolution of Housing Patterns in Dhaka: From Huts to High-Rise Apartments, a paper presented in the International Conference on The History, Heritage and Urban Issues of Capital Dhaka, Vol.3, Celebration of 400 Years of Capital Dhaka, organized by  the Asiatic society of Bangladesh, Dhaka, 2008 (in the press)
  • R. Hafiz, Conservation in Dhaka, a paper presented in the International Conference on The History, Heritage and Urban Issues of Capital Dhaka, Vol.3, Celebration of 400 Years of Capital Dhaka, organized by  the Asiatic society of Bangladesh, Dhaka, 2008 (in the press)
  • R. Hafiz, Urban Hazards in Dhaka, a paper presented in the International Conference on The History, Heritage and Urban Issues of Capital Dhaka, Vol.3, Celebration of 400 Years of Capital Dhaka, organized by  the Asiatic society of Bangladesh, Dhaka, 2008 (in the press)
  • R. Hafiz, Urban Services Delivery in Dhaka, a paper presented in the International Conference on The History, Heritage and Urban Issues of Capital Dhaka, Vol.3, Celebration of 400 Years of Capital Dhaka, organized by  the Asiatic society of Bangladesh, Dhaka, 2008 (in the press)
  • R. Hafiz, Architecture of Dhaka: Secular and Religious Architecture of the Pakistan and Bangladesh Periods, a paper presented in the International Conference on The History, Heritage and Urban Issues of Capital Dhaka, Vol.2: Economic and Cultural Life of Capital Dhaka, Celebration of 400 Years of Capital Dhaka, organized by  the Asiatic society of Bangladesh, Dhaka, 2008 (in the press)
  • R. Hafiz and Sarazina Mumu, Women in the Informal Sector in Dhaka, acepted for publication in OF CITIES AND REGIONS, (in the press)
  • R. Hafiz and Farzana Islam , Cyclone Resistant , accepted for publication in OF CITIES AND REGIONS, (in the press)
  • Presently Editor, The History, Heritage and Urban Issues of Capital Dhaka, Vol.3, Celebration of 400 Years of Capital Dhaka, the Asiatic society of Bangladesh, Dhaka (in the press)
  • Editor, OF CITIES AND REGIONS, (in the press)

Articles in Newspapers, Magazines, etc.

  • R. Hafiz, Pedestrian Paths in Urban Life, Urban Issues of Dhaka: Alternative Strategies and Development, Daily Star (an English Daily Newspaper), 24 August, 2001.
  • R. Hafiz, Barwari Dhanmondi: Abash Na Banijya, Cover Story for Mukto Akash, A Bangla Magazine on Construction, Architecture and Housing, MA Alam (Ed.), November 2003, pp. 17-18.
  • R. Hafiz, Planners decry demolition of city roundabouts, participated in interviews of Urban Planners, published in the NEW AGE METRO, 24 March 2004

Professional Work at National and International Levels

  • Trainer, Gravowsky Poort, (Netherlands), Food Godown Rehabilitation and Maintenance, Training and Pilot Project under the joint venture of the Directorate General of Food, Ministry of Food, Government of Bangladesh and the Directorate General of Internal Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Netherlands, 1993.
  • Advisor, Urban Development Planner. Detail Area Planning of Location 1 – Mirpur North to Uttara, DMDP Project, RAJUK, 2000.
  • Juror,  Poster Design Competition for World Habitat Day 2001, organized by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Government of Bangladesh.
  • Juror,  Poster Design Competition for World Habitat Day 2003, organized by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Government of Bangladesh.
  • Juror, Design Evaluation, Institute of Business Management Building, Dhaka  University, 2003.
  • Juror, Design Evaluation, Post-Graduate Research Center, Dhaka University,  2003.
  • Juror, Design Evaluation, Center for Excellence, Dhaka University,  2003.
  • Juror, Evaluation  of Proposal  for  the  “Development  of  Housing  for  the Rehabilitation of   War-Disabled and  Martyred  Families together with Family Amusement Park “ at Zoo Road, Mirpur, Dhaka, Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Government of Bangladesh.
  • Author, Feasibility Study Report for Multi-storied Development on the site designated for the Government Employees’ Benevolent Fund (GEBF or Sarkari Karmachari Unnayan Tahbil) Building, August 2003.
  • Trainer-Lecturer, Training Course on Land Use Planning, Organized by the    Department  of Urban and Regional Planning, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka and sponsored by the Dhaka Transport Board, 24-29 April, 2004.
  • Trainer-Lecturer, Training Course on “Public Participation in Planning Process and Public-Private Partnership in Land Development,” organized by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka and sponsored by the Dhaka Transport Board, 24-29 April, 2004.
  • Trainer-Lecturer, Training Course on “Dhaka Metropolitan Development Plan, 1995-2015,” organized by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka and sponsored by the Dhaka Transport Board, 24-29 April, 2004.
  • Trainer-Lecturer, Training Course on Land Use Planning, jointly organized by the Directorate of Continuing Education and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, 2009.
  • Member, Tender Evaluation Committee, Detail Area Planning, Dhaka Metropolitan Development Plan, RAJUK, 2004
  • Member, Technical Management Committee, Detail Area Planning, Dhaka Metropolitan Development Plan, RAJUK, 2004-2009
  • Juror, Design Competition on “Holcim GreenBuilt Bangladesh,” Sponsored by Holcim Bangladesh, 2009.
  • Reviewer, “Protibesh,” a Journal of the Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka.
  • Reviewer, Journal of the Bangladesh Institute of Planners, Dhaka.
  • Reviewer, “Plan Plus,” a Journal of the Urban and Rural Planning Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna.
  • Reviewer, Journal of the Khulna University, Khulna.

Chairman or Member of Committee

  • Member, Academic Council, BUET, 2001 up to date
  • Member, Association of Universities, Bangladesh 2002-2003
  • Member, Central Library Committee, BUET, 2003 up to date
  • Member, Faculty Library Committee, Faculty of Architecture, BUET, 1991
  • Member, Board of Under-Graduate Studies (BUGS), Department of URP, BUET, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009
  • Member, Board of Post-Graduate Studies (BPGS), Department of URP, BUET,1989-1990, 1990-1991, 1991-1992, 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009
  • Member-Secretary, Board of Post-Graduate Studies (BPGS), Department of URP, BUET, 1989-1992, 1998-1999
    Chairman, Board of Post-Graduate Studies (BPGS), Department of URP, BUET, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009
    Chairman, Board of Under-Graduate Studies (BUGS), Department of URP, BUET, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009

Member to Professional and other bodies s

  • Life Member, Bangladesh Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS), LM- 654 VII , www.bip.org.bd.
  • Life Member, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.1102, www.bip.org.bd.
  • Member, Institute of Architects, Bangladesh.H-24, www.bip.org.bd.
  • Member, Bangladesh Institute of Planners, www.bip.org.bd.
  • Executive Member, Autism Welfare Foundation (AWF), Dhaka, www.bip.org.bd.
  • Member, Commonwealth Association of Planners, UK, www.bip.org.bd.
  • Former Chief Coordinator, Women in Planning, Commonwealth Association of Planners, UK , www.bip.org.bd.
  • Former Member – Advisor, INSITE, Australia, University of New South Wales, Australia, www.bip.org.bd.