S.M. Shafaiet Mahmud has a passion for innovative ideas, exploring the boundaries of visual art and architecture. He completed his Bachelor of Architecture from American International University Bangladesh (AIUB) in 2017. His B.Arch thesis project, titled “Urban Remediation: Turning Landfill Site into Public Park,” sought to develop an existing landfill into a community urban park, creating a model for turning “negative” zones into vibrant public places. The project questioned the conventional practice of waste management, which has a great impact on the infrastructure of any city. Shafaiet’s proposal included a ward-based waste-processing facility prototype that would recycle waste at the landfill. His proposal was awarded the year’s best thesis and published in Context BD, a reputed online architecture platform.
Shafaiet has worked as an intern architect at Volumezero Architects. In 2018, he was awarded the design competition “Inhabiting Nature,” organized by Aditya College of Architecture (ACA), Mumbai, India. He attended the Institute of Architects Bangladesh architecture jamboree in 2016. His expertise is in complex geometry and coding in Rhinoceros and Grasshopper. He participated in EVOLO skyscraper design competition in 2015 and attended a workshop arranged by Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh called “Safe Sanitation 2014.” In this workshop, he was awarded 2nd prize for his “Community Toilet Design.”
At Ci+AU, he is currently working on the design of eight BRAC regional offices and a prototype pavilion for Aarong Earth, the display and sale space for Aarong’s herbal products. He is an associate member of the Institute of Architects Bangladesh.