Born in 1967, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Salauddin Ahmed lived in the city until the age of 18, when he moved to the United States for higher education. He received his Bachelor's in Fine Arts and Architecture from Portland State University, in Portland, Oregon, and his M. Arch. from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. While in graduate school, Ahmed won several traveling scholarships, and traveled through Japan, India, Nepal and elsewhere. In the United States, he has worked in the office of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, as well as the Urban Planning Department of the City of Portland, Oregon. Ahmed is currently in architectural practice in Dhaka, and teaches in the architecture department of the University of Asia Pacific.