Architecture and Environmental Design
University of Sydney, Australia
Dr. Farhana Ferdous is an associate professor in the Department of Architecture at Howard University. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Sydney, Australia in 2012, she served as a post-doctoral fellow in healthcare architecture, lecturer, and global Urbanism Faculty Fellow in the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Kansas from 2012 to 2017. She is an educator, designer, and scholar whose teaching and research career spans the continents of Asia, Australia, and North America. She continues to make symbiotic interconnections between design, practice, and research, especially one focused on health, design, and marginalized or aging populations. Dr. Ferdous is the recipient of the prestigious ARCC New Research Award in 2022.
She has published widely on urban and environmental design and environmental psychology for the elderly. Her co-edited volumes ‘All In: All-Inclusive Engagement in Architecture’; from Routledge Publication (2021) and ‘(Re)designing the Continuum of Care for Older Adults: The Future of Long-Term Care Settings’ from Springer publications (2023) are groundbreaking critical discourse focusing on the impact of social engagement in architecture and design of care facilities on older adults respectively. Her scholarship has been supported by a number of research grants including from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowship (2013), Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) Fellowship (2013), Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation (2017), Toyota Individual Research Grant (2018), Graham Foundation Grant (2021); Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant (2021), Innovations in Pedagogy/Teaching Fellowship (2021) and National Endowment for Humanities Fellowship (2022).