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Dr Shuva Chowdhury
Teaching Staff, Architecture & Built Environment
Dr Shuva Chowdhury

Shuva Chowdhury is a Lecturer of Architecture at Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) Invercargill, New Zealand. His work focuses on spatial innovation in architecture and urban design, virtual design communication and collaboration, smart city, computational design and fabrication, and BIM. His received his PhD from Victoria University of Wellington on VR participatory urban design, funded by National Science Challenge 11, Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities- Urban Wellbeing. Prior to his study at VUW, Shuva practised architecture in Bangladesh and taught at American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB). He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Architectural Designer New Zealand (ADNZ) and the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB). He is a collaborative research member in Digital Architecture Research Alliance (DARA). His design works have received awards from the World Architecture Community-11th Cycle, Commonwealth Architects Association (CAA) and Institute of Architects-Bangladesh (IAB).  


2020: PhD Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand 

2016: Masters in Architectural Studies, Glasgow School of Art, University of Glasgow, UK 

2012: Masters in Architecture (post-professional), Barcelona Institute of Architecture, UPC, Spain. 

2011: Bachelor of Architecture (professional), Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh. 


Teaching Staff, Architecture & Built Environment 


Bachelor in Architectural Technology 

Graduate Diploma in Architectural Technology. 


Invercargill Main Campus, Energy Centre C-16

Professional Memberships/ Certifications/ Committees
  • New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Academic Member (34225) 
  • Institute of Architects of Bangladesh (IAB) Associated Member (CC063) 
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) Int Associate Member – (39276801) 
  • Architectural Designers New Zealand (ADNZ) Academic Member (20024) 
External Profiles
Selected Research
  • Chowdhury S. and Schnabel M. A. (2019): Laypeople's Collaborative Immersive Virtual Reality Design Discourse in Neighbourhood Design, Teaching and Learning Design and Art in AR-VR Platforms, Frontiers in Robotics and AI – Virtual Environments, 6, 97. 
  • Chowdhury S. and Schnabel M. A. (2020) Virtual environments as medium for laypeople to communicate and collaborate in urban design, Architectural Science Review, 63(5). 
  • Chowdhury S. and Schnabel M. A. (2018). Virtual Instruments for Urban Design Decision Making Process. Adv Civil Eng Tech, 2(2). 
  • Chowdhury S. and Schnabel M. A. (2018): An Algorithmic Methodology to Predict Urban Form. In T. Fukuda, W. Huang, P. Janssen, K. Crolla, S. Alhadidi (Eds.), Learning, Adapting and Prototyping - the 23rd CAADRIA Conference - Volume 2, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 17- 19 May 2018, pp. 401-410. 
  • Chowdhury S. and Schnabel M. A. (2020): VR Unmatched-Leveraging Non-experts as Co-Urban Designers, Re: Anthropocene, the 25th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA) 2020, Paper 56, Hong Kong, 10 pages. 
External Funding
  • 2017: National Science Challenge 11- Building, Better, Homes and Cities- Urban Well Being, Aligned Researcher Grant.  
  • 2017: Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA) Travel Grant. 
  • Architectural Science Association Conference (ANZAsCA) elected officer 2020-22 
  • Reviewer for Czech Republic Fulbright Commission, Academic Year 2021/2022 
  • 2021: Reviewer for Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) Book Series (Springer) "Resilient and Responsible Architecture and Urbanism”. 
  • 2018: Juror for Design Communication Association (DCA) Biennial, Martha Van Rensselaer Gallery at Cornell University, USA, 2018. 
  • 2011: 11th Cycle World Architecture Community Award, 

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