Dr. Matluba Kahn (Bangladesh/ UK)
Dr. Matluba Khan is interested in built-environment research particularly the impact of school ground design on pedagogy and play. Her research experience includes studies on the outdoor learning environment of children at primary schools and urban residential areas in the context of Bangladesh and Scotland. Matluba’s PhD thesis explored the relationship between school ground design and children’s learning and their motivation to come to school. She co-designed and developed schoolyards in Bangladesh engaging the children, teachers and the community as part of her research and evaluated the impact on the design on their learning and motivation. Her co-designed schoolyard has won the Great Places Award in Place Design category by the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) in 2016. She also ran workshops with teachers and trainee teachers on the role of school environment for learning and engaged children in several workshops for co-creation of outdoor environments. Matluba has been tutoring in Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the University of Edinburgh at undergraduate and postgraduate levels since 2015. Before embarking on her PhD in the UK she held a position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka. She completed her B.Arch and M.Arch degrees from the same institute respectively in 2009 and 2012 awarded with Shamsunnahar Khan Memorial Gold Medal and Anisur Rahman Gold Medal.