I have established Fine Residential Design (FR Design) to make residential design more affordable and appropriate to clients’ requirements. FR Design triggered from the need to provide affordable residential design for new houses and renovations to community members who can’t have their ‘appropriate’ design due to high designer fees. FR Design provides design services within […]
Director Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Australian Governmentand Founding Member, Board of Directors Policy and Planning Knowledge Remittance Global (KRG) Australia
Farhadur Reza has been working for Australian Government for last 16 years. He worked for all three levels of Australian Government and the private sector over last 20 years. He is working as the Senior Policy Adviser to the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services, advising on whole of Government policy on wellbeing of remote Indigenous communities. He is an Architect and Planner by profession with a Bachelor degree in Architecture and a Master degree in Social Sciences.
Farhadur Reza is also one of the founding members of the Board of Directors of Knowledge Remittance Global (KRG), Australia, in a voluntary capacity.
Farhad has been pro-actively working with disadvantaged communities to enhance their quality of life by capitalising on their social, economic, human and cultural capital. His Community Strength Based model for leadership, community empowerment, confidence and engagement was nominated by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) for the Commonwealth Award for Public Administration and Management in 2008. His social policy Bringing Communities Together and associated program Sharing Our Achievements won the best policy and program award by FaHCSIA in 2007. His works on the Canberra Spatial Planachieved the Planning Institute of Australia award in 2005.
Being a first generation migrant to Australia from Bangladesh, Farhad is passionate about improving the quality of life of the disadvantaged segment of Bangladeshi communities. He worked in Bangladesh, Thailand, Singapore, Dubai, Oman and Italy mainly with Bangladeshi expatriate communities at various capacities to develop and advocate policies to support leadership potentials, community development, community capacity building, community empowerment, social sustainability, housing and efficient infrastructure.
He is a regular commentator on contemporary social issues in Bangladesh and Australia at various media outlets including Canberra Times newspaper and Channel I satellite television. He shares his thoughts, ideas and work outcomes through various national and international websites, seminars and conferences regularly. He is a founding member of peak organisations like Bangladeshi Architects in Australia (BaA), members of the Institute of Architect Bangladesh (IAB) and Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).
At the moment, in addition to advising the Australian Government on critical policy issues to improve lives of remote Indigenous communities in Australia, Farhad is also focused on bringing a ground breaking positive changes among Bangladeshi disadvantaged communities through ‘donating’ knowledge and experiences by the Bangladeshi expatriates across the world. He strongly believes that to brighten up lives of disadvantaged people in Bangladesh, ‘knowledge donation’ can play critical roles to achieve sustainable growth by delivering KRG programs with much wider outcomes (eg. enhancing social, economic, human and cultural capital) rather than continuing traditional adhoc nature of services provided by the Bangladeshi expatriates ‘hoping’ to bring positive changes among the lives of disadvantaged Bangladeshis.
The Book- 21st Century Kunta Kinte
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Also Farhadur Reza Interview at Bangla Radio Canberra about the Sydney Exhibition on 18 July 2008.
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Remembering Architect Mazharul Islam
Architect in country and abroad. Farhadur Reza Probal Talking to Architect Paul Pholeros,
Architect Jebun Nasrin Ahmed, Architect Mobasshar Hussain, Architect Ahsanul Hoque Khan