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Dr Md Mizanur Rashid



Senior Lecturer, Architecture


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Arch & Built Enviro


Geelong Waterfront Campus

+61 3 522 78762


Mizanur has  obtained his first professional degree in Architecture (B. Arch) from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 1997. Afterwards in 1999, he has completed his Masters of Architecture degree from Catholic University Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium. In 2008 he obtained PhD from National University of Singapore. In the last 17  years he has worked as an active acamdeic in different school of architecture in different part of the world including Australia, Bangaladesh, Malaysia and Singapore.  Immediately before joining at Deakin School of Architecture  he has worked as a visiting Research Fellow at University of Adelaide for the ARC Linkage Grant Project on ‘Architecture of Australia’s Muslim Pioneer’. His particular interest in the field of architectural design, architectural theory and design pedagogy (foundation design or basic design) led him to his current teaching and research interest in ‘Architectural Narrative of Built Environment’. Coupled with his special interest on digital technology and its implication to architectural pedagogy (especially the use of virtual and augmented reality),  his current research focuses on Architectural History and 4D capturing (4DC) for Integrated Sustainable Design and Construction. 

His teaching and research interest combines Design Narratives, Tradition and Sustainability and Digital design. As an architect academician he focuses exclusively on the pluralistic (both tangible and intangible) aspects of architecture and its narratives.

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Biography summary

MIZANUR RASHID is a professional architect and an academician. He is currently working as a Senior Lecturer at Deakin School of Architecture. Mizanur started his teaching career just after the graduation in 1997 and was involved in the profession, as well as, studio teaching in Bangladesh for four years.  As an academician, he has a particular interest particular interest on Historical Narrative, Tradition and Culture of Building, Digital Design and 4d capturing of architectural heritage using virtual and augmented reality tools.

Research interests

Mizanur's current research area combines different disciplines, i.e. Architectural history and digital heritage and heritage management, design computation and augmented and virtual reality application in architectural theory and design studies. He has 50 (fifty) over publications that include book chapters, journal articles and conference proceedings . Mizanur has attracted several national and international research grants to undertake his research that includes Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Program Grant, Deakin IDF fund,  Fundamental Research Grant (Government of Malaysia), Exploratory Research Grant (Government of Malaysia) etc. His current research focuses on capturing the historical narrative of lost heritage using augmented and virtual reality applications that combines disciplines like Architectural History, Heritage Studies, Intelligent system and Design Studies. As an architectural historian his investigation looks, both synchronically and diachronically,  the life span of the building (prior to the ‘point of creation’ and impact after the death of the building along with the historical parallels), which he refers as ‘architectural narrative’ of a building. He views architecture as an organism than an object that passes through historical layering and hybridization (political and religious). Mizanur argues that the question of historical authenticity (from a western perspective) needs to be rethought and be redefined and hence  put equal emphasis on capturing the historical narrative along with the facts. In the last one decade his research and teaching demonstrate how architectural production is linked to shifts in technological paradigms, ideological world-views, societal beliefs and artistic and creative enterprises.


1. Member, Institute of Architect Bangaldesh ( IAB)

2. International Associate, American Institute of Architects ( AIA).

3. Member ( excutive committee)  ICOMOS Bangaldesh.

Teaching interests

Mizanur's teaching and research interest combines Design Narratives, Tradition and Sustainability and Digital design. His  teaching and research explore  the  spatial narrative of buildings, and human interaction with architecture using 4d capturing methods for more sustainable way of conserving and disseminating heritage. As an architect academician he focuses exclusively on the pluralistic (both tangible and intangible) aspects of architecture and its narratives.

Knowledge areas

 Architectural Design, History of Architecture, 4d Capturing of  Design Narratives through time, , Tradition and Sustainability and Digital design. 


1 !st Sustainbale  Rural Built Enmvironment Symposium, 4-6 Fenruary 2020, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2020.

2. ISLAH: International Conference on Islamic Architectural Heritage, 21-22 August 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia .

3. 33rd Annual Conference of Society of Architectural Historians in Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) 2016, 6-9 July, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.

4.   AicQoL2015 Jakarta, Indonesia. 25-27 April 2015, “Quality of Life in the Built & Natural Environment 3"

5.  Rehab 2014, International  Conference on Preservation, maintenance and Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings and Structures, 19-21 march. Tomar. Portugal.

6.  First World Congress on Integration of Islamicization of Human Knowledge 2013, 23-25 August 2013. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

7.. XXIV CIPA-ISPRS (International Seminar of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) Symposium 2013, 2-5 September 2013. Strasburg, France. .

8. . 8th ISDE (International Symposium of Digitizing Earth) Symposium, 26-29 August 2013, Kuching, Malaysia.

9. . ‘Architecture of Politics’ - ARCHHIST Conference 2013, 24-28 April, 2013. Istanbul, Turkey.

10.  29th Annual Conference of Society of Architectural Historians in Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) 2012, 5-8 July, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia.

11.  Malacca International Heritage Conference 2012. 26-18 June 2012. Malacca, Malaysia.

12.  International Seminar on Architecture; Education, Practice and Research 2012. 2 -4 February 2012, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

13.  International Conference on Universal Design in Built Environment (ICUDBE) 2011. 22 November -23 November, 2011.International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

14. . Pallatium; Virtual Palaces Workshop I. 18-19 November, 2011,Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

Professional activities

Mizanur has been practicing architecture since 1997. He has worked as design architect in different countries including Australia, Bangaldesh,  China, Malaysia, Mauritous  and Singapore. Most of his projects are resdinetial ranging from  single unit residence to mult-storied  residential complex.

Research groups

iDIDe-SRBE, Deakin University

ISARCH, Islamic Architectural Heritage , IIUM


2014: Best Teacher Award for Architecture (Faculty level) for 2013, Kulliyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, IIUM

2013: Bronze Medal for outstanding research in Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Science category, IIUM Research and Innovation Week 2013.

2012: Exploratory Research Grant (RM 98000) from Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia to support the research on 4D capturing of Heritage Building and Sustainable conservation.

2012: Gold Medal for outstanding research in Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Science category, IIUM Research and Innovation Week 2012

2012: Silver Medal for outstanding research in Science and Technology category, IIUM Research and Innovation Week 2012

2012: Best Teacher Award for Architecture by Students’ vote. KAED Students Representative Council, IIUM

2004: Asia Research Institute Award (S$ 7500) to support the fieldwork in Bangladesh for doctoral research.

2004-2006: NUS President’s top up scholarship to support the doctoral research.

2003-2006: NUS Research Scholarship for pursuing doctoral research at the Department of Architecture.

1998-1999: Flemish Inter University Council (VLIR) Scholarship for doing Masters of Architecture at Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

1996: F.R. Khan Award for outstanding overall performance in undergraduate studies (Third Year).

1993-1997: BUET merit scholarship for outstanding academic performance at undergraduate level


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Presence of the Past: Digital Narrative of the Dennys Lascelles Concrete Wool Store; Geelong, Australia

Md Rashid, Chin Khoo, Sofija Kaljevic, Surabhi Pancholi

(2021), Vol. 13, pp. 1-17, Remote Sensing, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises Green Operation Performance Level

Zeenat Yusof, Mansor Ibrahim, Mariam Jamaludin, Md Rashid

(2021), Vol. 6, pp. 155-161, AicQoL 2021 : Proceedings of the AMER International Conference on Quality of Life, Bukit Tinggi, Malaysia, E1


Geospatial platforms and immersive tools for social cohesion: the 4D narrative of architecture of Australia's Afghan cameleers

Md Rashid, Kaja Antlej

(2020), Vol. 11, pp. 74-84, Virtual Archaeology Review, Valencia, Spain, C1

journal article

Mosque: a statement of citizenship

M Rashid, Norizhar Ismail, Abdur Sapian, Wan Mohd Rani

(2018), pp. 96-104, Planning Malaysia, Malaysia, C1-1

journal article

The space of citizenship: drifting and dwelling in "imperial" Australia

P Scriver, K Bartsch, M Rashid

(2016), Vol. 26, pp. 133-157, Fabrications, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Understanding Science Centre Engagement in Nurturing Visitor Interest and Curiosity

Nurhaya Baniyamin, Md Rashid

(2016), pp. 235-243, ASLI QoL2015 and AicQoL2015 : Proceedings of the Annual Serial Landmark International Conferences on Quality of Life ASEAN-Turkey and AMER International Conference on Quality of Life combined conference, Istanbul, Turkey and Jakarta, Indonesia, E1-1


Does not the glorious east seem to be transported to our shores? Perth's Golden Mosque (1905)

Katharine Bartsch, Peter Scriver, M Rashid

(2016), Vol. 33, pp. 32-42, SAHANZ 2016: Proceedings of the 33rd Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne, Victoria, E1-1


Historical fabulation: a framework to rethink the Islamic architecture outside Islamic world

M Rashid, K Bartsch

(2014), Vol. 8, pp. 120-132, Archnet-IJAR: International journal of architectural research, [United States], C1-1

journal article

Architecture of the Adelaide Mosque: hybridity, resilience and assimilation

M Rashid, Bartsch Katharine

(2014), Vol. XXV, pp. 65-75, Traditional dwellings and settlements review, Berkeley, Calif., C1-1

journal article

Virtual heritage rehabilitation and reclaiming the historical narrative - the 4D capturing of Adelaide Mosque, Adelaide, Australia

M Rashid, Hisyamuddin Kassim

(2014), pp. 345-355, REHAB 2014: Proceedings of the International Conference on Preservation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings and Structures, Tomar, Portugal, E1-1


Theoretical reconstruction of Sompur Mahaviahara at Paharpur, Bengal through a Buddhist religious architectural process

M Rashid

(2013), pp. 17-30, Methodologies in architectural research, Batu Caves, Malaysia, B1-1

book chapter

Facts and narrative - The concept of 4D capturing of heritage building; a case study of Sompur Mahavihara, Bangladesh

M Rashid, H Rahaman

(2013), Vol. 40, pp. 505-512, International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives, E1-1


Facts and narrative - the concept of 4D capturing of heritage building; a case study of Sompur Mahavihara, Bangladesh

M Rashid, Hafizur Rahaman

(2013), Vol. XL-5W2, pp. 505-512, ISPRS : International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Archives, Strasbourg, France, E1-1


Rethinking 'Islamic heritage': two case studies to ponder

M Rashid, Asiah Abdur Rahim

(2012), pp. 19-34, Journal of Architecture Planning and Construction Management, Malaysia, C1-1

journal article

Re-evaluating the audience hall of Lalbagh Fort, Dhaka, Bangladesh, from an Islamic perspective

M Rashid

(2011), pp. 93-102, Islam and built environment, Malaysia, B1-1

book chapter

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

The Australian Mosque Today: Architectural Collaborations

Dr Katharine Bartsch, Dr Md Mizanur Rashid

ARC Special Research Initiatives

  • 2021: $4,747


Principal Supervisor

. Alfan

Thesis entitled: Architecture Dialectics on Jami' Air Tiris Mosque in Riau Indonesia

Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture and Built Environment), School of Architecture and Built Environment