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Iftekhar Ahmed is an architect by profession and also an academic in that field. He is a Research Fellow at the School of Architecture & Design, RMIT University, Australia and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology, India, a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and a PhD in architecture from Oxford Brookes University, UK.
Previously Iftekhar taught at the Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET). He has authored many publications relating to the subject of this book including articles in the Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World (Cambridge University Press, UK, 1997) and the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Asiatic Press, Dhaka, 2003). His book Up to the Waist in Mud (University Press Limited, Dhaka, 1994) is the first and only one of its kind on earthen architecture of Bangladesh.
He now lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and son.