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Muntazar Monsur, PhD

Muntazar Monsur, PhD

Muntazar Monsur, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Email: mmonsur@ncsu.edu Phone: (919) 515-8345

Education

  • PhD in Design (Architecture), January 2015, NC State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • Master of Architecture, June 2011, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Bachelor of Architecture, November 2006, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh

Biography

Dr. Monsur is a trained architect who has a PhD in Design (Architecture) from North Carolina State University. In present, he is working as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) with the primary responsibility of searching and writing grants on diverse topics related to children’s health, well-being, and educational enrichment by design. Dr. Monsur has received numerous awards for his research works, including NCSU Professional Development Award 2015-16, ARCC (Architectural Research Centers Consortium) King Medal 2015, EDRA Student Design Award 2014, second prize in the 9th Annual Graduate Research Symposium in NC State 2014 and EDRA Best Student Paper Award 2012. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from the Department of Architecture at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, where he also worked as a lecturer from 2007 to 2011. Dr. Monsur has also worked as an assistant architect in the Bureau of Research, Testing and Consultation (BRTC) where he was involved as a design team member in numerous architectural projects.

Through his design-research goals, Dr. Monsur is committed to enhance the quality of children’s lives by improving/modifying environment (with special emphasis in schools, preschools and childcare centers). In his doctoral dissertation, he investigated the relationship between architectural indoor-outdoor spatial relations and children’s and teachers’ behavior in preschool classrooms. The study has yielded fascinating findings indicating that improved conditions of classroom indoor-outdoor relationships enhance both child engagement and teacher motivation. In NLI, he is an integral part of several large-scale grants concerning children’s environment including a multi-year USDA AFRI grant investigating the role of gardening on physical activity (PA) and consumption of fruit and vegetables (FV) among preschool age children. He is also involved in developing and teaching two NLI online certificate programs focused on early childhood environment design. Dr. Monsur regularly serves as a peer reviewer for scientific journals including Environment & Behavior (Elsevier), which is one of the top journals in the field. He is also an enthusiast in innovative technologies in 3D visualization including virtual reality, augmented reality and realistic rendering. He received an exploratory grant from DELTA, NCSU for developing immersive learning technologies for teaching construction methods to architecture and landscape architecture students at the College of Design at NC State University.   

Departments

Design-Research, Landscape Architecture, Natural Learning Initiative (NLI)