After doing PhD on critical relationship between theory and practice of architecture and urbanism, Dr. Bajwa has broadened his research to “hybridity and [indigenous] modernities”, “spatial legacies”; and “studio didactics for architecture/ urbanistics”.

He is active in interdisciplinary collaborative explorations for contemporary global paradigms on livable city-making, smart-growth, and group-form. He runs design studios; teaches theory courses on urban design, urban history, research in art & design, and on modernity in architecture; conducts seminars and workshops on design methods; and supervises theses. He is reviewer for journals and publishing houses. He regularly gives talks and moderates architectural forums. He is board member of several architectural education programs and consultant to professional practices. He is invited as design critic, speaker, and thesis examiner at schools of architecture across globe.

Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan honored his contributions to architectural education by appointing him secretary/ member of the National Curriculum Revision Committee (NCRC) – Architecture. He has been particularly instrumental in developing recommendations for refining studio pedagogy.

His Oxford University Press book “Urban Pakistan: Frames for Imagining and Reading Urbansim” is the first compilation of works on Pakistani urbanism. He is working on the manuscript of his next book, “The City Discovered: Form | Space | Life”, which elaborates the case for urban spatial form and place-based physical planning.

Some areas of his interest are:

  • Critical Practice / Design by Research [Tissue and Typology, Technology and Ecology]
  • Housing Design – Density and Affordability
  • Urban History – Analysis, Theory, Critique, and Design
  • Inner City Re-Development – Modernity and Tradition
  • Urban Development and Spatial Structure Planning