• School of Architecture and Planning
  • Expertise

  • Architectural History
  • History of American Visionary Urbanism
  • Sustainable Urbanism in Developing Economies
  • Bio

    Adnan Morshed is a professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. He received his Ph.D. and Master’s in architecture from MIT, and BArch from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, where he also taught. He completed a pre-doctoral fellowship at CASVA (National Gallery of Art) and his post-doctoral at the Smithsonian Institution. Adnan Morshed is a 2018 TEDxFoggyBottom speaker at George Washington University. He is the author of multiple books. Among them, Impossible Heights: Skyscrapers, Flight, and the Master Builder (University Minnesota Press, 2015), Oculus: A Decade of Insights into Bangladeshi Affairs (University Press Limited, 2012), DAC, Dhaka: An Architectural Guide (Altrim Publishers, Barcelona, 2017), and River Rhapsody: A Museum of Rivers and Canals (Dhaka, 2018). He has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Architectural Historians, jury for the National Endowment for the Humanities grants, and chaired the Society of Architectural Historians’ committee for 2015 Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award. Adnan Morshed has been awarded highly competitive fellowships, among others, the Wyeth Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), the National Gallery of Art; the Smithsonian Institution; Wolfsonian-Florida International University; and the Society of Architectural Historians. His research has garnered prestigious research grants from, among others, the Graham Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and MIT. He has lectured around the world on the history and theory of modern architecture and urbanism; global histories; urban ecology; hydrology in architecture; environmental justice; and sustainable urban planning in developing countries. His articles appeared in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of South Asian StudiesThresholds (MIT), Center (National Gallery of Art), Constructs (Yale), New Geographies (Harvard), Architectural Design, and Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review. He has served as a reviewer for various national and international refereed journals, architectural competitions, and has been cited widely in various professional and news networks, including The New York Times and Asia News Network. In 2012, he led the Society of Architectural Historians’ study tour to three South Asian cities: Dhaka, Delhi, and Chandigarh. Currently he also serves on the Board of MIT’s US$4.5 million Global Architecture History Teaching Collaborative, led by Professor Mark Jarzombek. A practicing architect, Adnan Morshed has designed buildings in the U.S., Lebanon, Malaysia, and Bangladesh. His current under-construction architectural work includes: BRAC (the largest NGO in the world) regional offices across Bangladesh and BRAC University Residential Campus interior design at Savar Dhaka. He is an avid traveler, photographer, collector, and an op-ed contributor to various newspapers and online forums.


    • Designing Spaces for Global Citizens

      Designing Spaces for Global Citizens | Adnan Morshed | TEDxFoggyBottom

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    • Impossible Heights

      Impossible Heights

      Impossible Heights: Skyscrapers, Flight, and the Master Builder. (University of Minnesota Press, 2015).

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    • Oculus


      Oculus: A Decade of Insights into Bangladesh Affairs. (Dhaka, Bangladesh: University Press Limited, 2012).

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    • DAC, Dhaka: An Architectural Guidebook

      DAC, Dhaka: An Architectural Guidebook

      DAC, Dhaka: An Architectural Guidebook. (Altrim Publishers, Barcelona, Dec. 2017).

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