Specialization: Building Technology
Research interests: The computational search in architecture design, integrated design, search algorithms, geometrical processing of forms, simulating the structural behavior and environmental performance of buildings.
Advisor: Peter von Bülow
Dissertation: Programmatic Design Methods in Architecture (GA+TRIZ Solution Search Method)
Dissertation Committee: Peter von Bülow, Shanna Daly, Lars Yunghans, Mark Meier
In most of the design-research projects with which I have been involved, I have worked to integrate multiple disciplines at the early stages of the architectural design process. My research projects usually involve the triple-bottom line of:
- Computation, including programming and parametric design and interactive multi-objective form exploration;
- Building performance, including thermal and daylighting simulation and structural analysis;
- Design science, including creative design thinking and innovative problem-solving.
To specify my research within the broad spectrum of scholarly works on integrated design, I indicate my concentration on the early phases of design and consideration of both quantitative performance-based and qualitative characteristics of the design alternatives. Accordingly, most of my studies attempted to expose designers a wide diversity of suitable solutions versus minimizing the objective functions to find high-performing ones.
My Ph.D. research is devoted to developing a computational form exploration method considering the concepts and principles of creative and productive thinking. My proposed method is based on the application of a genetic algorithm (GA) and the Theory of Innovative Problem Solving (TRIZ). The main goal of my dissertation research is to introduce a method toward a better “problem structuring” and “decision making.” I view my dissertation research as interdisciplinary in scope. My proposed conceptual design method contributes to not only the field of computer-aided design but also creative thinking in architecture. Further contribution can be made when this method is employed in design pedagogy. Although I have accomplished my dissertation research using a certain generative design framework (the GA+TRIZ method), I have acquired a solid background in programming and building performance analysis to expand my work into other generative design platforms.
I have a two-year university level teaching experience in Iran and three-semester teaching experience at the University of Michigan. Besides, I have been trained as a future faculty at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) at the University of Michigan and acquired the Graduate Teaching Certificate. This faculty preparatory program not only taught me how to plan and carry out a course at the university level but also made me aware of the most recent achievements in teaching methods in academia and led me to study further in the area of architecture pedagogy.
I am a registered architect in Tehran, Iran and am perusing my licensure in North America. My concern about the sustainable design led me to acquire LEED Green Associate certificate. Among my colleagues, my significant strengths are geometrical modeling of any types of spatial form, object-oriented programming, understanding and analyzing the structural performance of buildings.
- July 2018 - “Synergy of a Genetic Algorithm and TRIZ in Conceptual Design” International Association of Shells and Spatial Structures (IASS) Annual Symposium, Boston, USA, July 2018.
- August 2017- "GA-Based Design Exploration of a House: An Interactive Computational Approach." The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice 11 (3): 13-25.
- August 2015- “Form Exploration of Timber-based Folded Plate Domes”, International Association of Shells and Spatial Structures (IASS) Annual Symposium, Netherlands, Amsterdam, August 2015. (Collaborating with Andreas Falk and Peter von Buelow).
- August 2015- “The Active Learning Approach in Teaching Structural Concepts to Architecture Students”, International Association of Shells and Spatial Structures (IASS) Annual Symposium, Netherlands, Amsterdam, August 2015.
- September 2014- "Performance Based Exploration of Generative Design Solutions Using Formex Algebra", International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC), Vol. 12, Issue 3, 2014. (Co-author: with Professor Peter von Buelow).
- September 2014- "Design of Shading Screens Inspired by Persian Geometric Patterns: An Integrated Structural and Daylighting Performance Evaluation", International Association of Shells and Spatial Structures (IASS) Annual Symposium, Brasilia, Brazil, 2014. (First author: Niloufar Emami).
- September 2014- "Form Exploration and GA-Based Optimization of Lattice Towers Comparing with Shukhov Water Tower", International Association of Shells and Spatial Structures (IASS) Annual Symposium, Brasilia, Brazil, 2014. (Co-author: Professor Peter von Buelow).
- June 2014- "Dynamic Configuration Processing and Optimization of Forms (Exploring Truss-bridges)", Conference on Engineering and Applied Sciences Optimization (OPT-i), Kos Island, Greece, June 2014. (Co-author: with Professor Peter von Buelow).
- August 2013- “History of Iranian Architecture through 651-1219 CE” with Zohreh Bozorgmehri, Soroush Paya Pub., Tehran, Iran. The book is published in Persian;
- April 2011- Co-authoring “Historical Functional Ornaments (Amood) in Iran” with Zohreh Bozorgmehri, Soroush Danesh Pub., Tehran, Iran. ) The book is published in Persian;
- July 2012- “Modern Lattice Domes Based on the Traditional Iranian Masonry Domes”, International Journal of Space Structures (IJSS), Vol.27, Issue.4. (Co-authors: Prof. H. Nooshin, Zohreh Bozorgmehri);
- May 2012- “The Morphology of Historical Shell Domes in Iran”, The International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2012, Seoul, Korea;
- January 2012- “The Knowledge of Geometry in Architectural Education”, The 4th National Conference on Architectural Education, Tehran, Iran;
In addition to my research work, due to my personal interest in teaching, I’ve been trained as a future faculty at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) at the University of Michigan and acquired the Graduate Teaching Certificate. This faculty preparatory program led me to study further in the area of architecture pedagogy and to publish a paper on teaching structures to architecture students as a member of Teaching Working Group of the International Association of Shells and Spatial Structures (IASS).
- Fall 2018 – Willard A. Oberdick Fellowship, University of Michigan, September 2018.
- July 2018 – Rackham Travel Grant (Boston), University of Michigan, Summer 2018.
- Summer 2018 – Rackham One-Term Dissertation Fellowship, University of Michigan, Summer 2018.
- September 2017 – Emmanuel-George Vakaló Endowed Scholarship, TCAUP, University of Michigan.
- Summer 2016 – Vakhshoori Scholarship, Vakhshoori Foundation;
- August 2015 – Rackham Travel Grant, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan;
- May 2015 – Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning summer grand funding;
- August 2014 – Rackham Travel Grant, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan;
- May 2014 – Rackham Travel Grant, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan;