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Rakib is a chartered architect from India. He worked for over four years on design research attempting to converge contemporary architectural theories with vernacular approaches to produce pragmatic solutions that can improve overall built environment dynamics. He gradually shifted focus towards the politics of urban city making, which has influenced the spatial landscape of India.
He took up a Masters program in Urban Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. Post Masters, Rakib has been involved as an academic at a School of Built Environment in Hyderabad, besides being associated with a Farmers’ Rights group. His teaching modules at the school covered Building Economics, Sociology and Urban Planning.