Dr. Ahmed Khan
Dr. Ahmed Zaib Khan Mahsud is a visiting professor and post-doctoral research associate at the Department of Architecture, Urban design and Planning at KU Leuven, in parallel to his appointment at VUB. Sustainable urban development is his main area of expertise with particular focus on the emerging field of ‘sustainable urbanism’ in relation to ‘globalisation and urban futures’, and within that to the issues of ‘urban form’, ‘multiple scale levels’, ‘nature-settlement dialectics’, ‘environment-development politics’, ‘design-based research & synthesis-based design’. Trained as an architect-urban designer / planner with over 10 years of practice experience in housing and urban development, Ahmed completed a PhD on critical relationship between theory & practice of urbanism (2008) and developed expertise on ‘Ekistics’ (the science of human settlements), the oeuvre of the Greek architect / planner C. A. Doxiadis and his ‘City of the Future’. He broadened his research into historiography, issues of globalisation and sustainability dialectics as the Agha Khan post-doctoral fellow at MIT (Cambridge, 2008-09), while teaching modernism and green consciousness in architecture & urbanism, and conducting regional landscape & urban design studios at the graduate level. He has lectured extensively on issues of sustainable urbanism, urban form & ‘city of the future’ at several universities in North America, Europe and South Asia.
Dr. Ahmed Khan