Architecture Discipline, Science, Engineering and Technology School, Khulna University, Khulna 9208

Dr. Sheikh Serajul Hakim

Sheikh Serajul Hakim is a Professor of Architecture, Khulna University, Bangladesh. He received his PhD from the National University of Singapore’s Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA). He teaches ‘global history of architecture’, ‘colonial architecture of Bengal’ and ‘history and theory of human settlements’ and conducts design studios at MSc and undergraduate Urban Design studios. He has been a keynote speaker in several local and international events, published books and book chapters, and written extensively in journals and newspapers. Key areas of research interest for Prof. Hakim includes but are not limited to: ‘politics, agency and historical transformation of human settlements’; ‘climate change, built heritage and resilience’.

PhD in Architecture (National University of Singapore);
MSc in Housing & Urban Development (IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands);
B. Arch (BUET, Dhaka)
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Google Scholar ID :

1. Politics, agency and spatio-physical settlement systems in the context of transitioning third world city

2. Climate-change, coastal settlement systems and resilient design/planning

3. Urban built heritage, spatial politics and production of ordinary space

Current Research Project/Collaboration

SL Title Research Role Awarded Date Completion Date Funding Agency
No Research Project Available



Employing organization with




Summary of activities



















December 2003 to

Faculty member




Teaching & Supervising students



present date










at Urban Design Studios (4th& 5th




Architecture Discipline, Science,




Year Architecture; MScHS Design




Engineering & Technology School, Khulna




Studio specializing in Human




University, Khulna 9208




Settlement Planning & Design)







December 2018 to





Coordination, allocation and







management of Public-scale



present date











consultancy works that are carried




Research and Design Consultancy Unit,







Architecture Discipline, Khulna University,




out at Architecture Discipline,




Khulna 9208




Khulna University




Coordinator, Master of Human Settlements








Program, Architecture Discipline, Khulna























December 2003 to





Design & Planning of buildings &



present date





Urban Design projects for both




Research and Design Consultancy Unit




Private & Public Sectors especially




(RDCU), Architecture Discipline, Khulna




in Khulna & Barishal divisions.








Public Sector project clientele








commonly includes international




Urban Lab, Bose & Partners, 240/4, Sher-




donor bodies, development




E-Bangla Road, Khulna, Bangladesh.




partners, local government &








central government agencies,


















March 2003 to

Lecturer (part time)


Teaching/instructing students at

February 2004



Urban Design Studio (4th Year


Department of Architecture, The University




of Asia Pacific, Road 4/A, Dhanmondi R/A





(Now Green Road), Dhaka, Bangladesh









March 2003 to

Associate Architect, Neoformation


Design & supervision of Industrial

December 2003

Architects, 2/7, Block F, Lalmatia, Dhaka -1207



buildings for clients from RMG















coming soon...


SL Title Degree Role Start Date End Date
No Supervision Available

coming soon...

Book/Book Chapter


1.    S. S. Hakim and S. K. Ahmed 2022. “The Intermediate City: Context, Pluralism and Planning Dilemmas” In: F. Rosso, D. Morea and D. O. Pribadi (eds.), Innovations in Green Urbanization and Alternative Renewable Energy, Springer, pp. 77-89.

2.    S. S. Hakim and A. K. Podder 2022. “Postcolonial Water(front): Land regulations, bureaucracy and urban planning in Khulna. In: M. Rahman (ed.), Handbook of Waterfront Cities and Urbanism (Chapter 15)”, Routledge.

3.    S. S. Hakim and K. Ahmed, 2018, Reimagining Benapole: Environmental priorities for its sustainable urban future, UDD, GoB, Dhaka.


4.    S. S. Hakim, 2007, Ecotourism and the Sundarbans: Alternative Policies for Development, UGC

      (University Grants Commission, The National Commission for funding and managing Universities in Bangladesh), Dhaka


Journal Papers


1.    S. S. Hakim and A. K. Podder (forthcoming). “State-led housing paradigms and counter-urbanism from below: the case of resettlement projects from Khulna, Bangladesh”. Trialogue


2.    S. S. Hakim and M. A. Islam 2022. “SUSTAINABLE WATER TECHNOLOGIES FOR HOUSING REHABILITATION IN COASTAL BANGLADESH”. Khulna University Studies, ICSTEM4IR-22/0144, pp. 817-831.  


3.    A. Parvin, S. S. Hakim and M. A. Islam, 2022. Policy, practice and way of life discord in resettlement projects: the case of Ashrayan, Bangladesh, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Vol. 77 (2022) 103073.  


4.    M. A. Islam, M. M. Setu and S. S. Hakim, 2022. Possibilities of a Gender-responsive Infrastructure for Vulnerable Women’s Livelihood Resilience in the Rural-Coastal Bangladesh, Built Environment Project and Asset Management.  


5.    A. A. Z. Evan, S. S. Hakim and M. M. P. Rana 2022. Camp-Life and Social Integration: Case of the Displaced Biharis in Khulna, Bangladesh, Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, DOI: 10.1080/15562948.2022.2032905


6.    S. A. Surma, S.S. Hakim and M. S. R. Lushan, 2021. Planning for Pandemic Resilience: COVID-19 experience from urban slums in Khulna, Bangladesh, Journal of Urban Management, Vol.10(4), pp. 325-344.  


7.   A. K. M. K. Islam and S. S. Hakim 2021. “Beyond circulation: forms, quality and performance of urban streets”, Journal of Architecture, Department of Architecture BUET, Vol. 18(1), pp. 67-80


8.   Hakim, S. S., lslam, M. A., Akram, A. B., Deepa, H. P., Doni, N. S., Ara, I., and Debnath, N. 2020. PHYSICAL UPGRADING OF HOUSING IN INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS: PRIORITIES FOR THE EXTREME POOR. PLAN PLUS, 10(1), pp. 37-58.    


9.   A. K. Podder, S. S. Hakim and S. P. Bosu 2018. “Ordinary Heritage”, ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, Vol. 12(2), pp. 334-346.


10. S. S. Hakim, K. Ahmed and S. P. Bosu, 2017. “HISTORICISM IN ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION IN BANGLADESH”, Khulna University Studies, Vol. (1 & 2), pp. 107-128.


11. S. S. Hakim and A. B. Biswas 2015. “The publicness of public servant spaces”, Protibesh, Journal of the Department of Architecture BUET, Vol. 15(1),  pp. 55-67


12. S. S. Hakim and J. L. Ee Man 2014. “Scarcity, control and negotiations: an interpretation of urban form in Khulna”, Planum. The Journal of Urbanism, Vol. 2(29), pp. 83-100.


13. F. K. Shuvo and S. S. Hakim 2013. “A Proposed Framework for Regenerating Urban Green in Dhaka”, Journal of Bangladesh Institute of Planners, Vol. 6, December, pp. 13-22.


14. A. K. M. K. Islam, H. Rahman, S. S. Hakim and T. K. Dhar 2010. “Node Preference pattern in assuming future growth for an urbane: A look into the case of Jessore town”, Plan Plus, Planning  journal of Khulna University


15.  S. S. Hakim 2009. “Sustainability of Assisted Shelter Projects in Post-cyclone Communities: The Southkhali Case, Bangladesh”, BRAC University Journal Vol. 6(1), pp. 85-95.


16.  F. Mallick, M. A. Naqi, A. K. M. K. Islam and S. S. Hakim 2008. “User Point Perspective as a process for Urban (Re)-development – the case of Riverfront CBD in Khulna city”, Khulna University Studies, Vol. 9(1), pp. 25–34.


17. S. S. Hakim 2007. “Prospect and exigency for Urban Regeneration: The case of Re-appraisal of Rivers in Urban Bangladesh”, Protibesh, Journal of the Department of Architecture BUET, Vol. 11(2)


Conference Papers 

1.    S. S. Hakim and S. K. Ahmed, 2020. Re-imagining the Intermediate City. International conference on Green Urbanism (GU), 4th Edition (Online), Roma Tre University, 25 November 2020.


2.    Hakim, S. S. and A. Podder, 2019. The Politics of ‘Home’ in Urban Informal Settlements. ARCASIA FORUM 19, Architecture in a Changing Landscape. Dhaka.   


3.    S. S. Hakim, 2017, “Environmental Responsibility and Re-doing Architecture”, Environmental Responsibilities of Architects and Local Practice, Seminar Proceedings, 17 February, MIST, Dhaka


4.    A. Podder, S. S. Hakim and S. Bosu, 2017, “Ordinary heritage: a case of Boro Bazaar, Khulna, Bangladesh”, 10th FARU International Research Conference, 8-10 December 2017, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka


5.    S. S. Hakim, S. Akter and R. Khan 2016, “The death of Urban Street: Effect of planning, pragmatism and the architect’s typology”, Great Asian Street Symposeum (GASS) 2016, 12-13 December, National University of Singapore




7.    S. S. Hakim 2013, “Scarcity, Control and Third World Urban Form”, PhD Conference: Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment, HERA (Humanities in European Research Area), 26-28 February, University of Westminster, London


8.    E. G. L’Heureaux, I. Ahmed and S. S. Hakim 2011, “Opportunistic Crises: A Hydrological Urbanism for Singapore”, International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU), 24-26 February, Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore, Singapore


9.    S. S. Hakim, A. K. Podder and H. S. Khan 2008, “Urban Saturation and the Crisis of Identity: Reclaiming a Historic Street - The Case of Buckland Bund, Dhaka”, 7th mAAN International Conference 2009 23-25 February, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi


10.  A. F. M. Ashraful Alam, S. S. Hakim and A. K. Podder 2008, “Crisis in Spatial Order of Public Buildings: The Experience from Khulna City,” Great Asian Street Symposium (GASS) 5-7 December, Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore, Singapore


11.  S. S. Hakim and S. K. Ahmed 2007, “Search for sustainability in challenging rural scenarios: A study on income generation and its effect on households adjacent to the Sundarbans”, International seminar on Architecture for the Economically disadvantaged (AED) 23-24 March, Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka


Newspaper/Periodical Articles

1.  S. S. Hakim 2022. “DAP 2022-35: critiques & way forward”.  The Financial Express, Anniversary Issue


2.  S. S. Hakim 2020. “Waste to energy: Prospects for the smaller cities in Bangladesh”. Energy and Power, 16 September 2020


3.  S. S. Hakim and F. K. Shuvo 2012. “Greying of Dhaka and compensative greening”, The Financial Express, Anniversary Issue


4.  S. S. Hakim 2011. “Our Urbanism: in retrospect and rendition”, The Financial Express, Anniversary Issue


5.  S. S. Hakim 2007. “Could Quake’ Shake the Nation’s Capital”, The Dhaka Courier Vol. 23 (43)