Ishtiaque Zahir Titas, a practicing Architect & Urban Designer from Bangladesh, is the 1st Vice president and the Board member of the International Union of Architects (UIA) from Region IV . He is the Honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects (Hon. FAIA), also the Co-founder of VITTI, an award-winning leading practice in Dhaka for past 31 years. He did his master’s in architecture from UEL, London. The projects he accomplished are ranged from small housing to large urban development projects. Designing sustainability through participatory process and designing public spaces are the key point of his interest.
He believes that sustainability should be the core of all development works and architecture should focus more on research and innovation. He represented UIA in UN-Habitat, advocating on professional’s interests in the New Urban Agenda (NUA). At the 7th plenary meeting of Habitat III conference, in Quito, 2016, he made the official statement and worked as the Policy UNIT expert. As the Co-Director of UIA Commission on SDG, he spoke and organized multiple side events in Habitat III, WUF9 in 2018, WUF10 in 2020, in COP21 in Paris, COP 24 in Katowice, COP26 in Glasgow.