Center of Excellence in Higher Education
The First Private University in Bangladesh

Dr. Saiful Islam

Full Time Faculty
Associate Professor

Ph.D., Texas A&M University, USA
M.Arch.  University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
B.Arch. Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext: 1852

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Saiful Islam is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at North South University. He Joined NSU in September 2012 and was appointed as the Chair in January 2016. He did his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2011. His Ph.D. research was about building codes’ impact on energy efficiency and thermal comfort in dense residential areas. After finishing his dissertation, he served a semester as fulltime Visiting faculty in the Department of Architecture at Texas A&M University.  He did his Masters of Architecture from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2005. He was also an Adjunct Faculty at UTSA while he was pursuing his M.Arch studies. His Bachelors of Architecture was from Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology. He is one of the first graduate architects from any private university in Bangladesh. After graduation, he worked with eminent Architect Rafiq Azam for a brief period of time. Then he joined Vitti Sthapati Brinda Ltd, and worked with them until he went to the United States for higher education. In the US, beside his perusal of graduate studies, he worked with Architect Killis P. Almond, FAIA, and Architect Shantha D. Gunawardena, AIA. He is still serving as an advisor in Gunawardena’s international consulting office Sustainable Design Consortium. His present research includes natural ventilation and daylight in urban context. He regularly participates in Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) conferences throughout the world.

Journal Publication


DOI: 10.1007/s10901-013-9373-2


Conference Proceedings

– Saiful Islam, A STUDY ON BUILDING CODE’S IMPACT ON DAYLIGHT AVAILABILITY IN DHAKA CITY’S APARTMENT BUILDINGS presented in the 31st International PLEA (Passive and Low Energy Architecture) conference, September 9-11, 2015, Bologna, Italy

– Saiful Islam, IMPACTS OF ‘MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE BUILDING FOOTPRINT’ ON NATURAL VENTILATION IN APARTMENT BUILDINGS, presented in the 29th International Conference on Passive & Low Energy Architecture ‘PLEA 2013’, September 10-12, 2013, Munich, Germany.

–  Saiful Islam, AN EXTENDED STUDY ON BUILDING REGULATIONS’ IMPACT ON NATURAL VENTILATION IN APARTMENT BUILDINGS IN DHAKA CITY, presented in 20th General Assembly and Conference Commonwealth Association of Architects, 22-23 February 2013, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

– Saiful Islam, & Liliana Beltran, A STUDY ON ZONING REGULATIONS’ IMPACT ON VENTILATION RATE IN NON-CONDITIONED APARTMENT BUILDINGS IN DHAKA CITY, presented in World Renewable Energy Forum 2012, May 13-17, Colorado, Denver

PGR-CIB: 1st Annual Postgraduate Research Competition                                                          March 30, 2009

- Best Architecture Research Paper


Student Research Week, Texas A&M University                                                                         March 28, 2008

- Session Winner (First Position)


Student Research Week, Texas A&M University                                                                         March 28, 2008

- Taxonomy Winner (Second Position)


University of Texas San Antonio                                                                                                       Spring, 2004

- Graduate Architecture Student Scholarship

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX                                                                                               2011

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Architecture

Dissertation: A Study on Zoning Regulations’ Impact on Thermal Comfort

                     Conditions in Non-Conditioned Apartment Buildings in Dhaka City.

Advisor: Dr. Phillip J. Tabb


University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX                                                                              2005

Masters of Architecture (M.Arch.)

Final project: Sustainable Architecture for Slum Dwellers in Karail Slum,

                    Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Advisor: Dr. Vincent Canizaro


Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh                                                  2000

Bachelors of Architecture (B.Arch.)

North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh                                                         September 2012 - present

Assistant Professor

Courses Assigned:

Design Studio

Architectural Graphics-II

Climate & Architecture


Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh                       May 2012 - July 2012

Assistant Professor

Courses Assigned: Design Studio VII (Urban Design Studio)


Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Visiting Lecturer                                                                                                                               Spring 2012

Courses Assigned: Design Communication Foundation II

Instructor                                                                                                                        Fall 2006 - Spring 2011

Courses Taught: Design Communication Foundation I & II

      - Designed the Syllabus

      - Taught techniques of observation drawing, architectural drawing, and

        architectural illustrations

      - Arranged guest lectures

      - Reviewed students’ works, work progress and evaluated their works

      - ‘Student Evaluation of Teaching

         Improved from Fall 2006 (2.6/5.0) to Spring 2010 (4.7/5.0)


North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Visiting Lecturer                                                                                                                            Summer 2009

Courses Taught: Architecture History II

- Taught architecture history, ranging from Baroque to Modern Architecture


University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Instructor                                                                                                                                           2004 - 2005

Courses Taught: Visual Communication

- Taught techniques of observation drawing, architectural drawing, and

  architectural illustrations

Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                           2003 - 2004

Courses Taught: Visual Communication, and Design Studio-II

Exterior-Interior (P) Ltd. Dhaka, Bangladesh

Lecturer                                                                                                                                              2002 - 2003

Courses Taught: Architecture Drawing and Spatial Planning

Adviser, Design Wing, Double A Properties, Dhaka, Bangladesh May, 2012 - present

- Advice the Design Wing in terms of their architectural design and its impact on sustainability issues of the built environment

Independent Consultant for Architectural Designs, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2000 - present

- Designed houses, vacation homes and apartment buildings in several locations in


Shantha D. Gunawardana, AIA, LEED-AP, San Antonio, TX 2007 - 2008

- Worked as the principal designer for the preparation of schematic designs for

10,000 square feet mosque at San Antonio

Professor Thompson’s Construction Site, San Antonio, TX January-May 2006

- Worked as a construction laborer to have hands on experience

Killis Almond Associates Inc. San Antonio, TX Summer & Fall 2005

Student Intern

- Assisted in preparation of historic site surveys, historic structures reports,

preservation planning studies

The Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX Fall 2005

Independent consultant for Rendering

- Prepared watercolor illustrations for the extension of McNay Art Museum

Professional Renderings, San Antonio, TX 2003 - 2006

Independent consultant for Rendering

- Created watercolor renderings for City of San Antonio,

Fisher & Heck Architects, JMS Architects

In Grid Architects, Dhaka, Bangladesh Feb – April 2003

Junior Architect

- Executed design development, presentation, preparation of construction documents, and performed construction supervision

Vitti Sthapati Brinda Ltd, Dhaka, Bangladesh Jan 2001- Jan 2003

Junior Architect

- Executed design development, presentation and preparation of construction documents

ARC121 & 122

Teaching interests:

- Design Studio on Sustainable Architecture

o Architecture for enhanced natural ventilation

o Architecture for enhanced day-light

o Building-form and solar energy

o Net Zero Buildings

- Seminar: Natural Ventilation and Basics of CFD

- Seminar: Energy Efficient Building Design

- Design Communication Foundation

Member - Institute of Architects Bangladesh (I-089)

Member - Rotary Club of Dhaka Mid City

- CFD analysis of buildings’ natural and hybrid ventilation potential

- Optimization of building-form and building envelop systems for passive heating, cooling, and day-light enhancement in energy efficient buildings

- Building performance analysis for both conditioned and non-conditioned buildings

- Zoning regulations and their impact on wind and solar access in urban areas