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:: Present position : Faculty, Architecture Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh.

:: Email : hrahaman@arch.ku.ac.bd or hrahaman@gmail.com

:: Web : Official Page | LinkedIn | Academia | Research Gate |

:: Field of Interest : Heritage Interpretation, Virtual/Digital Heritage, Serious Game, Building Information Modeling, Photogrammetry, Digital Documentation of Architectural Heritage, Augmented Reality.


:: PhD (2012) ::
Department of Architecture
National University of Singapore
[Profile]   [Research Topic]

Thesis title : A Framework for Digital Heritage Interpretation

Graduate course work : Emerging Media Interaction Design, Topics in Interactive and Digital Media 2, Serious Games and Educational Technology, Topics in IDM : Interactive Enviornments, Special Topics in CAAD

:: Master of Architecture (2002) ::
Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium, (Cum Laude, 80% in dissertation).
Dissertation Topic : National Assembly Building Dhaka Bangladesh by Louis I. Kahn- Architectural Analysis of Form. [PGC News Letter]
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:: Bachelor of Architecture (1998) ::
Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh (5 years program).
Dissertation Topic : Design of Teknaf Tourist Resort, Teknaf, Bangladesh.
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:: Higher Secondary School (1992) :: (2 years)
Public College, Khulna, Bangladesh. 1992. (First Division).

:: Secondary School :: (10 years)
Saint Joseph’s School, Khulna, Bangladesh. 1990. (First Division).

[Flash Web site]


[Other Works]


:: Participated in the workshop - “The Convergent Space - Bridging the Physical and Virtual”, 28th February to 1st March 2008, organized by Ambient Intelligence Lab, Interactive and Digital media Institute and Department of Architecture, NUS, Singapore.

:: Training received on "Auto CAD" held from January to April 1993 from Vertex Vision ltd. Khulna, Bangladesh.

:: Training received on "Web Programming" held on July to September,2000. Organized by ‘Computer Science and Engineering Discipline’, Khulna University, Khulna , Bangladesh.

:: Training received on "Social Science Research Methodology" held at Khulna University during 16-18 May 2003. Organized by Khulna University Research Cell.

:: Training workshop on “Bangladesh country Almanac (BCA) ; A user friendly GIS tool for agriculture and natural resource management” held at Khulna University at 9th January 2005. Organized by CIMMYT, BRAC, SRDI, BRRI. Sponsored by USAID.


:: December 2012 to Present Date ::
Research Scholar,
National University of Singapore, Singapore

:: January 2003 to December 2007 ::
Assistant Professor, Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh.

:: May 2000 - January 2003 (Sept.2001 to Oct.2002-Study Leave) :: Lecturer, Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh.

:: September 1999 to April 2000 ::
Lecturer, Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

:: May 1999 to April 2000 (part time)::
Junior Architect, Design Vision Ltd. Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Major Concern on : Preparing presentation drawing, Working Drawings, CAD Modeling and rendering.

:: November 2002 to December 2003 (part time) ::
Instructor, Vertex Vision, Khulna, Bangladesh (a private computer training center) Major Concern on : OS, MS Office, CAD Software etc.


1. Principal Investigator : “Digital Heritage Interpretation : A Case for TTCL Centre, Melaka, Malaysia" . Funded by Tun Tan Cheng Lock Centre, Department of Architecture, NUS, Singapore, 2012.

2. Principal Investigator : “Representation of Formal and Spatial Analysis in computational Media: A case study of Louis I. Khan's assembly complex, Dhaka, Bangladeshwith Co-investigator:  S. K. Maruf Hossain, Assistant Professor, Architecture Discipline, Khulna University. Financed by Khulna University Research Cell. 2006.

3. Research Assistant, “Developing an Integration System to improve the Utilization of Smart Office Building Technologies in Saudi Arabia”, under Dr. Rabee M. Reffat, Associate Professor, Architecture Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia. 2006. 

4. Research Assistant, “The Mutable Building Envelope :  Seasonable Appearances”, under Dr. Rabee M. Reffat, Associate Professor, Architecture Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia. 2005. 

5. Associate Researcher, “A Study on the Structural Components of Buildings of Khan-e-Jahan style, Bagerhat, Khulna, Bangladesh.”,  with Mr. Ali Naqi; Associate Professor, Architecture Discipline, Khulna University and S. K. Maruf Hossain, Assistant Professor, Architecture Discipline, Khulna University. Financed by Financed by Khulna University Research Cell. 2003.



1. Rahaman, H. & Tan, B. K.:2010, Interpreting Digital Heritage : Considering End-User's Perspective. in Dave, B., Li, A. I.-k. & Hyoung, N. G. (eds.) Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA. Hong Kong, 7-10 April 2010. [Best paper award][download]

2. Rahaman, H. & Tan, B. K.:2009, Interactive Space : Searching for a Dual Physical-Virtual World. in Chang, T.-W.,Champion, E., Chien, S.-F. & Chiou, S.-C. (eds.) 14th Internatioanl Conference on Computer-Aided Architecture Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2009). Yunlin, Taiwan, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology. [Young CAADRIA award]. [download]

3. Khoo, E. T., Merritt, T., Fei, V. L., Liu, W., Rahaman, H., Prasad, J. & Marsh, T.:2008, Body Music: Physical Exploration of Music Theory. Sandbox'08: ACM SIGGRAPH symposium on Videogames. Los Angeles, CA, USA, ACM Press. [2nd best paper award] [download]



1. Rahaman, H., Das, R. & Zahir, S.:2012, Virual Heritage : Exploring Photorealism, in M. Ioannides, D. Fritsch, J. Leissner, R. Davies, F. Remondino & R. Caffo (eds), Progress in Cultural Heritage Preservation. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. vol. 7616, pp.191-200.


1. Rahaman, H. & Tan, B. K.:2011, Interpreting Digital Heritage: A Conceptual Model with End-Users' Perspective. International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC), 09, 99-113.

2. Islam, K., Rahaman, H., Hakim, S. S. & Dhar, T. K.:2009, Analysis of Node Preference in Assuming Future Urban Growth : A Look into the Case of Jessore Town, Bangladesh. Plan Plus, A journal for Planning, Development, Urbanization and Environment, 5, 63-75. [download]

3. Rahaman, H., Reza, A. M., Kabir, N. & Nazimuddin, S.:2008, Preserving the Architectural Heritage of Bangladesh : An Approach to Digital Documentation. Pratnatattya, Journal of the Department of Archeology, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka Bangladesh, 14, 81-88. [download]

4. Rahaman, H. & Hossain, S. M.:2007, Representation of Formal and Spatial Analysis in Computational Media : A Case Study of National Assembly Building in Dhaka. Khulna University Studies (special issue) 27-34. [download]

5. Rahaman, H. & Darain, K. M. D.:2007, A Description of Buildings in Khalifatabad City, Bagerhat. Protibesh, Journal of the Department of Architecture, BUET, 11, 17-22. [download]

6. Rahaman, H. & Sharma, B. B.:2005, Digital Documentation Techniques and Their Application in Documenting Architectural Heritage. Plan Plus, A journal for Planning, Development, Urbanization and Environment, 3, 11-21. [download]



1. Rahaman, H. & Rashid, M. M.: 2011, 'Revisiting the past through virtual reconstruction: The case of the Grand monuments of Paharpur, Bengal', paper presented at the workshop Platinum : Virtual Palaces (Part I. Digitizing and Modelling Palaces), Leuven, Belgium, 18-19 November 2011.

2. Rahaman, H. & Rashid, M. M.:2010, Heritage Interpretation : Collective Reconstruction of Sompur Mahavihara, Bangladesh. 16th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, VSMM 2010. Seoul Korea, 20-23 October 2010.

3. Tan, B. K. & Rahaman, H.:2009, Virtual Heritage : Reality and Criticism. in Tidafi, T. & Dorta, T. (eds.) CAADfutures 2009 : Joining languages, cultures and visions. Montreal, Canada, 17-19 June 2009. [download]

4. Rahaman, H.:2008, The Legacy of Colonial Buildings in Khulna City : An Approach to Digital Documentation. in Ioannides, M., Addison, A., Georgopoulos, A. & Kalisperis, L. (eds.) Digital Heritage – Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia. Limassol, Cyprus, 20-25 October 2008. [download]

5. Rashid, M. M. & Rahaman, H.:2008, Bringing Back the Lost Monument : Interactive Virtual Model of Sompur Mahavihara, Bengal. in Ioannides, M., Addison, A., Georgopoulos, A. & Kalisperis, L. (eds.) Digital Heritage – Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia. Limassol, Cyprus, 20-25 October 2008. [download]

6. Mridha, M. M. H. & Rahaman, H.:2005, Urban Revitalization: A Case Study for Khulna CBD. in Zanni, F. (Ed.) Urban Design in Contemporary Society - Ideas, Theories, Experiments, Case studies. Online coference, Libreria Clup, Italy.web: http://www.archiport.it/mridha_hafizur.htm. (last access: 22.05.2007)


1. Rahaman, H.:2010, Interpreting Digital Heritage: Interaction, Dialogue and Multiple Perspectives of the Past. SMARTdoc 2010 : Heritage Recording and Information Management in the Digital Age. Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, 19-20 Nov 2010. [ Download : Poster || Handout ]


1. Rahaman, H.:2013, Indicators : Evaluating End-Users to Evaluate the Interpretive Process. Journal of Computing and Cultural Heritage, (in progress).

2. Rahaman, H.:2013, Cultural Heritage | Digital Media | End-Users : Exigencies of an Interpretive Method. Journal of Interpretation Research, (under submission).

3. Rahaman, H.:2013, Digital Heritage Interpretation : A Conceptual Framework. International Journal of Heritage Studies, (under submission).


Heritage Documentation and Visualization
:: 2D Drawing and Solid-modeling with Auto CAD-2009.
:: Image based 3D modelling of historical artefacts with 3D SOM pro, 123D Catch, Stereo Scan, Insight 3D.
:: QTVR (360 degree panoramic view) with Pano2VR and PTGui.
:: QR code generation and it's application in heritage sites
:: Creation and development of Augmented Reality (AR) scenes by using BuildAR 1.1 and Metaio Creator.
:: Basic knowledge of 3D interactive virtual environment with Quest3D - V3.6 & 4.

3D modelling and architectural drawings
:: 2D Drawing and Solid-modelling with AutoCAD - 2009.
:: Form editing, Animation and Rendering with 3D Studio Max 2009, Sketch Up 6 and Vray1.50.
:: Intermediate user of Building Information Modelling (BIM) software Autodesk's Revit Architecture 2011.

Graphics and Illustration
:: Photo editing with Adobe PhotoShop-CS5.
:: Graphical illustration with Corel Draw-X5.
:: Gantt chart and Flow diagrams with Smart Draw.

Web design, 2D Interaction and Hosting
:: HTML, CSS and Java Script.
:: Web design with Dream weaver and Fireworks, including Search engine optimization.
:: Adobe Flash for 2D animation and interaction design with Action script.
:: Installation and Maintenance of social networking engine 'Dolphin' (web 2.0 platform).
:: Web hosting with WS FTP & Cute FTP Pro.

Other applications
:: Basic knowledge of programming with 'C' and Python.
:: Statistical data analysis with SPSS 17.


:: Adore [NGO] www.adorebd.com 2000 & 2007
:: Interdec Systems (an architectural consultant firm), 2001.
:: Post Graduate Center for Human Settlements in Architecture, batch 2002. 2003.
:: Business Administration Discipline, Khulna University, (www.mbasku.org),2005.
:: HM Textiles, Bangladesh Ltd. (www.hmtextiles.com),2005
:: Crown Sea Food International. (www.crownsf.com),2006
:: Khulna University 3rd Convocation (www.kuconvocation.org). 2007 (team member)
:: Khulna University, www.ku.ac.bd. 2007. (team member)
:: Architecture Discipline, Khulna University. www.ku.ac.bd/arch. 2007.
:: Dot Creators. www.dotcreators.com 2007.
:: Bangladeshi Students Community at KFUPM, SaudiArabia. www.bdstudents-kfupm.net . 2006.
:: International Design Associates (iDA) . www.idassociate.com/. 2009.
:: TTCL center, Malacca. http://www.arch.nus.edu.sg/ttcl. 2010, http://ttclc.net , 2012.
:: Social networking site on 'Sompur Mahavihara" : http://bdheritage.info . 2010
:: Great Asian Streets Symposium, 2012 upcoming. 2012
:: 4th International Network for Tropical Architecture Conference (iNTA), 2012.



:: Participated in design competition for ‘Welfare Diary 2008/09’ by NUS Student Society and received 2nd prize.

:: Participated in ‘T-shirt’ design competition, 2010 for National University Cancer Institute and received award for being among top five designers.

:: Tan Tun Cheng Lock Center, Malacca, Malaysia, 2009.

:: Brochure design for Siza- Developers and Construction Ltd.’ 1999.

:: GQ Construction Ltd’, 1999.

:: Brochure design for Science Engineering and Technology School, Khulna University’, 2000.


:: Tun Tan Cheng Lock Scholarship in Architecture 2012, Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore.

:: PhD research scholarship, National University of Singapore, from 2008 to 2011.

:: Best paper award from CAADRIA, 2010.

:: Travel grant from National University of Singapore to attend the international conference CAADRIA 2009, Taiwan.

:: Young CAADRIA Award, 2009.

:: 2nd Best paper award from ACM SIGGRAPH, 2008.

:: Research Assistantship from Architectural Engineering Department, King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia, from 2005 to 2006.

:: Research grant (BDT 60,000) from University Grant Commission, Bangladesh for the research: "Representation of Formal and Spatial Analysis in computational Media: A case study of Louis I. Khan's assembly complex, Dhaka, Bangladesh", 2004.

:: V.L.I.R. (Flemish Inter-University Council) Scholarship from 2001 to 2002.

:: Khulna University Merit Scholarship from 1993 to 1998.


:: NUSSU Welfare Diary 2008/09 Design competition, 2nd best prize.

:: National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NUCIS) design award, 2012.

:: Nominated for "Best of the web award, 2011" by "Archives and Museum Informatics, on social media category.



:: Member of Museum3, a non-profit organization (since 2011).

:: Member of Archives & Museum Informatics (since 2010).

:: Member of Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA (since 2009).

:: Candidate Member of Institute of Architects Bangladesh (I.A.B.), Membership no: CR039.

:: Registered Architect of Khulna Development Authority (K.D.A.), Membership no: Kha-19.

:: Member of "Balaka Sangha" -- a community development organization (since 2002)

:: Member of "ADORE" -- an N.G.O ( serves for child education and women entrepreneurship development) (Since 2002).

:: Member of ICOMOS ICIP Forum (http://icip.lefora.com) (since 2010).

:: Member of Global Heritage Network (http://globalheritagenetwork.ning.com) (since 2010).

:: Members of various social networking sites/groups in both Facebook and LinkedIn.



:: Served as a Teaching Assistant for CAD Tutorial (AR2102), 2008/09 semester-2. A lab based tutorial course offered for the undergraduate students of the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore.

:: Served as a Guest Lecturer to delivered lecture on “Introduction to Web page Design” for MURP program of Urban and Rural Planning Discipline, Khulna University. 26th July 2005.

:: School scouting from 1985 to 1987.

:: Made study visit in the cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Jaypur, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Bagerhat, Maynamoti, etc

:: Visited different other places of architectural interest of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, France and Luxemburg.



:: Dr. Wong Yunn Chii
Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore
SDE3, 4 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117566,
Tel: (65)6516-3409; Fax:(65)6 779 3078
Email: akiwyc@nus.edu.sg
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:: Dr. Johannes WIDODO
Associate Professor
Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore
SDE3, 4 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117566,
Phone: (65) 65168862, Fax:(65) 67793078
E-mail: jwidodo@nus.edu.sg
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:: Dr. TAN Beng Kiang
Senior Lecturer
Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment
National University of Singapore, 4 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117566
Tel: (65) 65161357 Fax: (65) 7793078
email: akitanbk@nus.edu.sg [Home Page]

:: Prof. Dr.Ir.Arch. Herman Neuckermans
President EAAE - Président AEEA, Kasteel van Arenberg, B-3001, KU Leuven, Belgium.
Tel: (32) 16 321694 fax: (32) 16 321962
e-mail: Herman.Neuckermans@asro.kuleuven.ac.be.
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:: Prof. Dr. Qazi Azizul Mowla
Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, (B.U.E.T) Dhaka, Bangladesh.
E-mail: qamawla@arch.buet.ac.bd Tel: (88) 0171339026
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:: Hafizur Rahaman :: last update @ 13.08.2012 ::