Taher, Mania

Arch & Urban Planning


Mania Taher joined the Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures doctoral program area at UW-Milwaukee in 2017. She holds a B.ARCH from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh; and a M.S. in Urban Design from Columbia University, New York. Prior to joining BLC, Mania served as Assistant Professor of Architecture at the American International University- Bangladesh (AIUB) for more than seven years. Besides teaching, she has been involved in professional architectural practice in Dhaka for several years. Mania’s interdisciplinary research interest broadly includes cultural landscape study of trans-national South and South-East Asian immigrant and refugee communities, and South-Asian urbanism. Her prior research projects include studies of public spaces for children and examination of housing patterns and sanitation scenarios at the informal settlements of Dhaka. She has published academic papers in international journals, and presenting papers at several conferences including Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), and Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). She has coordinated academic workshops and exhibitions with non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity International- Bangladesh. Currently, Mania’s adopted research expertise focus on historical mapping of places, social and cultural landscapes of the built environment, and urban ethnography. As part of her doctoral research, she is interested in exploring spatial identity and practices of Rohingya refugee community located in Southside Milwaukee.