Sadia Afrin

Sadia Afrin

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology


Sadia is trained to be an architect in Bachelor studies and is a doctoral researcher. Over time, she has grown a primary interest in the complex relationship between water and architecture. She has a specific interest in culturally appropriate affordable housing for the destitute and cultural sustainability. She asks the critical questions that lie in the intersections of human perception, water and the built environment. She rethinks about people-dwelling relationships and tries to find out how architecture affects the human behaviour of dwellers in slums, villages and cities. She tries to gather her knowledge and understanding about how to design more effective and sensitive rehousing schemes in relation to cultural and spiritual practices. Her doctoral study is developing ways to investigate the relationship between physical built environments and inhabitants' preferences related to water and an approach to the built environment that embraces all the human senses and modes of understanding. Her PhD thesis focuses on the architectural settings of social, cultural, spiritual, and religious rituals and practices involving water in rural and semi-rural areas, and in the Korail slum in Bangladesh. As an architect, Sadia managed and designed several residential and commercial building projects.

Sadia's doctoral research focuses on the intersections of human perception, water and the built environment. Her PhD thesis focuses on the architectural settings of social, cultural, spiritual, and religious rituals and practices involving water in rural and semi-rural areas, and in the Korail slum in Bangladesh. As an architect, Sadia managed and designed several residential and commercial building projects.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 - ongoing Doctoral Candidate University of Adelaide
    2015 - 2017 Research Assistant University of Technology Malaysia
    2014 - 2014 Associate Architect Oredh Architects and Associates ltd
    2012 - 2013 Associate Architect Volumezero ltd
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2018 Scholarship Beacon of Enlightenment Doctor of Philosophy Scholarship The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia Australia
    2016 Award Best Post-Graduate Student Award, 2016 University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) Malaysia
    2006 Scholarship Merit scholarship University of Asia Pacific Bangladesh
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Bengali Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2018 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Architecture and Built Environment
    2014 - 2016 University of Technology Malaysia Malaysia Master of Philosophy in Architecture
    2006 - 2011 University of Asia Pacific Bangladesh Bachelor of Architecture
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    Candidate Member (CA-260) Institutes of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) Bangladesh
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 Afrin, S., Skamnelos, I., & Sarder, W. (2022). Drivers of intermediation costs, financial repression and stability. Journal of Economics and Finance, 46(2), 283-307.
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    2018 Afrin, S., Ahsan, R., & Ahmad, M. H. B. H. (2018). Mega Infrastructure Development-Induced Displacement in East Malaysia: A Study on Social Sustainability. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability: Annual Review.
    2016 Afrin, S., & Khan, T. H. (2016). Women’s Perception on Space Layouts in Affordable Housing in the Context of Dhaka City. British Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 14 (1).
    Afrin, S., Rana, S., Isah, A. D., & Ahsan, R. (n.d.). Convergence of Home-based Enterprises with Domestic Spaces: Evidence from Dhaka Neighborhoods. International Journal of Built Environment and Sustainability, 4(3).
    DOI
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2018 Afrin, S., & Ahsan, R. (2018). Asset Based Modelling for Climate Adaptive Urban Plan: the role of local government authority in Australia. In • Asset Based Modelling for Climate Adaptive Urban Plan: the role of local government authority in Australia. Melbourne.
    2017 Afrin, S., Rana, S., & Zoha, E. (2017). EVALUATING THE HOUSING QUALITY AND RESIDENTIAL SATISFACTION: A SCENARIO FROM MARGINALIZED URBAN PRECINCT OF DHAKA. In 3RD NZAAR INTERNATIONAL EVENT SERIES ON NATURAL AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT, CITIES, SUSTAINABILITY AND ADVANCED ENGINEERING (pp. 75-82). Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA: NEW ZEALAND ACAD APPLIED RESEARCH LTD.
    2017 Afrin, S., & Rana, S. (2017). An Investigation of Influencing Factors on Indoor Environmental Quality in Marginalized Urban Precinct. In • An Investigation of Influencing Factors on Indoor Environmental Quality in Marginalized Urban Precinct. Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
    2015 Afrin, S., & Khan, T. H. (2015). Women’s Perception on Expected Lifestyle in Affordable housing in the Context of Bangladesh. In Women’s Perception on Expected Lifestyle in Affordable housing in the Context of Bangladesh. Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
    2015 Afrin, S., Khan, T. H., Davis, M. P., & Ghazali, M. (2015). Sky Neighbourhood: Private and Shared Garden for each apartment in a Cost-Efficient Way. In • Sky Neighbourhood: Private and Shared Garden for each apartment in a Cost-Efficient Way. Singapore.
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2013 - ongoing Member Candidate Member of Institutes of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) Bangladesh

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