Farhana Ferdous

Lecturer, Architecture
Ph.D.
Primary office:
785-864-3260
Snow Hall
Room 213

Dr. Farhana Ferdous is a lecturer at the School of Architecture, Design & Planning. Her teaching focuses on healthcare architecture and community development by developing interactive and action-based learning. She believes in two facets of architecture: ‘environment’ and ‘design’, which should be well integrated within students’ design studio experience, as well as establishing their symbiotic interconnections. Her philosophical stance on ‘evidence-based learning’ is that it should encourage students to study action-based phenomena that will assist them in connecting their design studio experience to the broader urban and healthy environment.

Her pedagogical interests involve designing healthy communities and urban spaces from that evidence-based environmental design perspective. Her studio explores ways of enhancing sustainable design by studying community health and wellness at urban scales. Her commitment to environmental research brings new perspectives to existing architectural knowledge and encourages critical analysis of healthcare design practices. She consistently encourages her students to study contemporary phenomena that will help them contextualize their studio learning from the broader perspective of social realities.

Her current scholarly activity focuses on the nexus between resilient space, community participation and urbanism, specializing in the area of environmental design for the elderly. She is working on multiple research grants related to the theme of resilient lifestyles as integral elements of both human longevity and sustainability. One of Dr. Ferdous’s ongoing research topics is to explicitly analyze the physical characteristics of neighborhood walking routes using rigorous space syntax and walking-route assessment tools. Other research analyzes the relationships between levels of social interaction, visibility, and the proximity of spatial configurations in long-term care facilities. Her ambition for this environmental research is to bring new perspectives to existing architectural knowledge, and to encourage critical analysis of contemporary design practices. This research is intricately connected to her philosophy that environmental study should ground and contextualize students’ consciousness within existing economic, cultural, and environmental situations.

From 2011 to 2014, she worked as a post-doctoral fellow focusing on healthcare architecture at KU. Prior to joining KU, Ferdous taught at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). In 2012, she received a PhD on Environment Behavioral Study and Urban Morphology from the University of Sydney at Australia. Her research has received many prestigious awards and scholarships including: the American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship; a Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) fellowship; an Endeavour Post Graduate Award (EPA), and numerous scholarships from the Bangladesh Government. She is the author of several book chapters and her recent publications have appeared or are forthcoming in American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), Urban Design International (UDI), Sage Open Journal, and Journal of Advances in Humanities.

Research Interests & Areas Of Specialization

  • Behavior and Psychology in Healthcare Environments with a Focus on Elderly Care
  • Healthy Communities and Neighborhoods
  • Environment Behavior Design and Analysis
  • Urban Morphology and Spatial Morphological Analysis
  • Evidence-based Design
  • Community Participation and Social Engagement

Education

  • PhD, The University of Sydney, Australia, 2012
  • M.Arch., Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, 2007
  • B.Arch., Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, 2004

Positions

2013-present. Lecturer, The University of Kansas, USA

2011-2014. Post-doctoral Fellow, The University of Kansas, USA

2009-2011. Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant and Tutor, The University of Sydney, Australia

2007-2008. Assistant Professor, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2004-2007. Lecturer, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Research Supports

Alzheimer's Disease Center, University of Kansas (Postdoc Fellow)
2013-2014

‘Neighborhood Walkability and Sedentary Behavior in Alzheimer’s Disease’
Major Goals: To evaluate the role of neighborhood walkability in walking and sedentary behavior among older adults with and without AD.

American Association of University Women (International Fellowship)
2013-2014
Major Goals: To develop an interdisciplinary team to support four external grant proposals all related to the role of physical environment plays in health resilience of older adults, particularly those with cognitive improvements.

Office of Research and Graduate Studies (Strategic Initiatives Grant Program)
University of Kansas (Postdoc Fellow)
2012-2013
‘Resilient Lifestyles for Older Adults’
Major Goals: To develop an interdisciplinary team to support four external grant proposals all related to the role of physical environment plays in health resilience of older adults, particularly those with cognitive improvements.

Post Graduate Research Support Scheme
The University of Sydney (Principal Investigator)
2009-2011

‘The Evaluative Image of Urban Plazas: Urban Morphology, Aesthetic Response and Social Use’
Major Goals: The University of Sydney research grant for commencing fieldwork, collecting pilot data, support assistants and research coordinators and conference presentation.

 

 

 


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