Professor Zaki teaches at Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology. Upon his graduation from BUET, he worked under the architect (the late) Muzharul Islam till he started his graduate study at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. During his stay at UT Austin, Zaki received multiple funds, travel grants, and scholarships, including the prestigious Mebane scholarship.
Zaki completed his PhD from North-Carolina State University and was involved in a number of research projects including at the National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS). He received the first place at the Annual NC State University Graduate Research Symposium and the Landscape Architecture Research Award in 2008.
He has presented in numerous international conferences and published widely in international journals. His articles appeared in high-impact factor journals, such as Environment and Behavior, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, and Children, Youth and Environment. He is the Principal Investigator of the IPEN (International Physical Activity and Environment Network) Adolescent study in Bangladesh, funded by the National Institute of Health, USA.
As a practicing architect, he has received the Berger Best Young Architect Award 2005 and a commendation in the Berger Award for Excellence in Architecture 2017.
He has also been the Secretary-Education & Research for the 18th and 20th Executive Council of Institute of Architects Bangladesh and served as a juror member in several national level design awards.