Prof. Dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman joined Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology as the Pro-Vice Chancellor on November 1 2021. Prior to this, he was having his own consultancy in Canada rendering design and educational services. Prof. Rahman, a graduate of the Department of Architecture at BUET, started teaching at his alma mater in 1985. Since then he has taught architecture, urban design and construction related courses at various institutions in Canada, UK, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Malaysia, and undertook several funded research and other scholarly activities.
Prof. Rahman, a Commonwealth Scholar and McNamara Fellow, has also been awarded the Leche Trust Scholarship and Sir Earnest Cassel Grant to complete his PhD in urban design and housing at the University of Nottingham (UK) in 1990. He has published over 110 papers in international journals and conferences, wrote 26 book chapters, and either authored or edited seven books, including Dhaka: an Urban Reader, Society, Architects & Emerging Issues, Old but New: New but Old, City of an Architect, and A Handbook of Waterfront Development. Prof. Rahman was also on the editorial panels of several international journals.
Prof. Rahman has wide experience in curricula development, higher education quality assurance, and accreditation at home and abroad. He has either prepared or reviewed university and polytechnic level curricula in varieties of areas like architecture, planning, urban design, construction engineering, project management, facility management, building inspection, etc. in Bangladesh, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Malaysia, and Canada. He has also offered relevant workshops and trainings under different forums.
Prof. Rahman has served various administrative positions in academia including as the Dean of Engineering in Bahrain. Besides providing visionary leadership to educational entities including establishment of pioneering programs at home and abroad, Prof. Rahman was elected General Secretary of the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (2005-06) where among his major contributions are the Building Constructions Regulations and a system of accreditation of architecture programs. He used to contribute to government committees, community associations, and civil society and boards, and acted as a resource person and adviser to government and international bodies, for example on building code, housing policy, housing need, architects act, Aga Khan award, Asiatic Society, Secondary & Higher Secondary Education Boards, ministries e.g., works, housing, law, parliament, planning, education, etc. A well-travelled person, Prof. Rahman was invited as speakers by universities and organizations at home and abroad, wrote newspaper features, and also appeared in media.