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Bangladesh: Tracking Climate Change

December 31, 2013 - January 17, 2014

(Registration deadline: October 17, 2013)

Bangladesh 300pBangladesh is a country of contrasts: rural villages and a megacity, relentless poverty and an abundance of riches, little land and wild development. Even the sacred Ganges, revered for washing away sins of those who bathe in it, flows spoiled with pollution. Bangladesh bears the brunt of climate change in terms of rising sea levels, extreme weather, and altered water flow from Himalayan snow melts. One of the world's poorest economies, Bangladesh possesses little resources to address the ramifications of climate change. As a result, lives--intricately tied to the health of land and water--grow more vulnerable each day.

Students will explore these disparities and experience life beyond western perspectives that often overlook the serious nature of climate change. They will study how environmental stewardship and social and economic development can be at odds. They will also expand their discipline to address issues of sustainability in a rapidly changing world. Teaming with local students, participants will work in the megacity of Dhaka, located in central Bangladesh with 15 million people and frail infrastructure, as well as in a southern rural area where people are directly impacted by significant climate change and anthropogenic interventions.

Lectures and seminars will be held with local experts and practitioners. Collaborative partners include the Edward M. Kennedy Foundation in Dhaka; BRAC University, Dhaka; ICCAD; and Khulna University. The Dhaka Art Center, the Drik gallery for photography, and other key art institutions are in the neighborhood where the course will be based.


Timmy Aziz is a registered architect who studied physics at Trinity College, Oxford University, and architecture at The Architectural Association, London, and the Cooper Union, New York City. He has practiced in the U.S.A., Europe, and Asia and traveled in many countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Timmy has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Hampshire College; and New Jersey Institute of Technology. He was a visiting professor at design schools in Xiamen, China, in 2008. Fluent in Bengali, Timmy has built in Bangladesh where he has also lectured and been guest critic at several architecture departments.

Joseph Krupczynski is an interior and architectural designer, artist, and educator. He holds a B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design and an M.S. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the principal of "studio projects," an interdisciplinary design studio focusing on the links between design, culture, and art through public and private design commissions, installations, activism, and research. He is currently an associate professor in the architecture and design program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

This two-week long program in Bangladesh offers 3 studio credits in environmental design and may be taken for undergraduate and graduate credit or audit. The program is open to undergraduate or graduate students (rising sophomores to second-year graduate students), and to lifelong learners at least 18 years of age who have completed at least one year of college study. All students must have a current, valid passport for travel.

This program is open to all majors.


Airfare is not included in the program fees below, which include all accommodations, all field trips, and some meals:

• $4000 includes tuition for 3 undergraduate studio credits in environmental design
Graduate credit is available to qualified students with the approval of the Program Coordinator at an additional cost of $75 per credit.

To request more information or to register, please contact School of Professional and Continuing Studies office at or 410/225-2219.  Instructor Timmy Aziz may be contacted directly at