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ArchKU Partnership's

Architecture Discipline, Khulna Universityworks hand-in-hand with leading public and private sector organizations to improve our students’ learning experience through joint academic programs, events, training, and research.


Current & Previous Partners:

Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited

FakultatGestaltung, Bauhaus Universitat, Weimar

Khulna City Corporation (KCC)

Khulna Development Authority (KDA)

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

University of Luven

WaterAid Bangladesh


ArchKU arranged a five-day joint program (11 to 16 February, 2012) with art and architecture students from two institutions Institution of Fine Arts, Khulna University and FakultatGestaltung, Bauhaus Universitat, Weimar. The five day long program included two seminars on “Entrop(h)y” and “Public Art and New Artistic Strategies”; five presentations by students from three institutions; a drawing workshop titled “Transformations”; a day long city tour based on the theme “From Waste to Wisdom” and an excursion to the cyclone Aila affected coastal area of Bangladesh with a theme to explore the  “Art of Existence”.


Two teams of ArchKU students are working for KCC to develop architectural design solutions for a Collegiate School and a Community Clinic to be funded, built and run by KCC. A team of four students from third year (with a faculty as a mentor) and a team of three students from fourth year (with another faculty as a mentor) are working for the projects respectively.The projects are expected to start in January 2015 and to be completed by 2016.The project is going on and since our partnership started in March 2014.We have arranged three presentation sessions and a community workshop to share design ideas, solutions,and to take feedback from all the stakeholders.  


Khulna Development Authority (KDA) established New Market in 1966 locating central space which is well connected with all parts of Khulna city and still serves as the main shopping center for city people.In 2012 KDA decided to reconstruct New Market so as to accommodate the increasing shopping and recreational needs of the city dwellers.ArchKU faculties contributed to development the conceptual master plan and urban design guidelines for the said projects in partnership with one of the leading consultant firm ‘Engineering Consortium Ltd.’.


Urban Partnership for Poverty Reduction (UPPR) of UNDP Bangladesh in collaboration with Gopalganj Pourashava and with support of the Asian Coalition for Community Action (ACCA),a program of the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) conducted an eight-day workshop (9-18 June 2011) on “Community Architecture for Comprehensive Site Planning and Low-Cost Housing” in Gopalganj Municipality, Bangladesh. ArchKU had provided six recent graduates to the workshop for sharing their skills and knowledge for the benefit of the targeted lower end community.As an outcome of the workshop two of the ArchKU graduates were appointed as architects in the UNDP.

Following the success of the Gopalganj partnership between ArchKU and UNDP,recently UNDP initiated a new project of UPPR at Rajshahi district in Bangladesh. The 4th year students of ArchKU took the UPPR project at Badurtola bosti, Rajshahi as a design studio project (February to March, 2014), titled “Exploring the architectural dimension of vulnerability: case of participatory up gradation of Badurtola basti, Rajshahi”.Taking part the successful academic exercise of an International Development Organization initiated real-life project, the students were able to develop deeper understanding about the problems and preferences of the lower end community.


Urban Development Directorate (UDD), GoB implements urban and regional planning guidelines and documents to ensure an equitable and planned development of the towns and cities in Bangladesh. UDD aims to implement the theoretical knowledge into solving practical problems. On the other hand, Architecture Discipline, Khulna University (ArchKU) is a proven institution in the higher education sector of Bangladesh and of Urban Design and Planning in particular. Especially its MScHS (Master of Science in Human Settlements) is a cross-disciplinary Graduate program that excels in Settlement Planning and Design with its special focus on the fastest growing urban centres in Bangladesh. It is due to this similarity in aim and operation, a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) has been signed between UDD and ArchKU on 29 June 2017, to advance mutual cooperation between UDD and ArchKU, where both UDD and the members ArchKU will be equally benefitted.


In line with this, a book titled " Envisioning Benapole: Propositions For An Inclusive Gateway City " has been inaugurated at the World Urban Forum 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


On the 6th of November, A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Architecture Discipline, Khulna University and Water Aid Bangladesh in ‘UTHAN’, Lecture Theater of the Architecture Discipline of Satyendra Nath Bose Academic Building. Treasurer of the Khulna University Professor Shadhan Ranjan Ghosh and Head of Policy and Advocacy Water Aid Bangladesh Dr. Abdullah Al-Mooud signed MoU on their behalf. Head of Architecture Discipline Professor Dr. Khandokar Mahfuz-ud-Darine, Water Aid's program manager Martina Nie and the project's coordinator of the university Professor Dr. Anirban Mostafa was present. As a result of this agreement, a course related to water and sanitation will be included in the Human Settlement Program of Architecture Discipline (MScHS). Apart from this, under this program there will open ample scope of study with field research and implement effective research provoked measures at the field level. In addition to expanding the scope of water and sanitation education. Centering  Khulna University, there is also develop a scope of coordination among the government agencies, NGO and different stakeholders working on this region. Prior to signing Memorandum of Understanding, Professor Sadhan Ranjan Ghosh, Dr. Abdullah Al-Mooud, Martina Nie, Professor Dr. Dilip Kumar Dutta, Professor Dr. Md. Nazmul Ahsan and Professor Dr. Anirban Mostafa and Professor Dr. Khandokar Mahfuz-ud-Darain spoke on the topic. Meanwhile, teachers from Architecture Discipline with related other disciplines, students, concerned representatives of KCC and Khulna WASA were present.