Professor of Gerontology | Department Chair

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Habib Chaudhury

Dr. Habib Chaudhury, Chair and Professor in the Department of Gerontology, has extensive research experience in the field of environmental gerontology. He conducts research and consulting work in the following areas: physical environment for people with dementia in long-term care facilities, memories of home and personhood in dementia, community planning and urban design for active aging, and dementia-friendly communities. Projects have been funded by Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), CapitalCare Foundation and the Centre for Health Design. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and monographs. Published books include: Environments in an Aging Society: Autobiographical Perspectives in Environmental Gerontology (Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Vol 38, 2018; co-edited with F. Oswald), Remembering Home: Rediscovering the Self in Dementia (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008) and Home and Identity in Later Life: International Perspectives (Springer Publications, 2005; co-edited with G. Rowles). Dr. Chaudhury conducts research consulting with various national and international organizations in the areas of planning and design of seniors housing and long-term care facilities. He is also affiliated with the Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and Alzheimer Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Housing for the Elderly.

Dr. Chaudhury received the Excellence in Teaching Award at Simon Fraser University in 2013. He has supervised over forty graduate (MA and PhD) students in gerontology and/or social science disciplines. His students have received external support and recognitions that include: the SSHRC Graduate Scholarship, Michael Smith Foundation Graduate Trainee Award, Best Research Poster Award from the Canadian Association on Gerontology and Best Research Poster Award from the CIHR.


  • PhD (Architecture/Environmental Gerontology) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • MA (Architecture) Texas A&M University
  • BArch (Architecture) Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology


Aging and the built environment; environment for people with dementia in residential care facilities; neighbourhoods for active aging; age-friendly communities; dementia-friendly communities