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Architecture - PhD/MPhil/MSc by Research

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I was born on February 22, 1989, in Tehran, Iran. I received my bachelor’s degree with distinction from Iran University of Science and Technology in 2011 and have been awarded enrolment in the Master course in Architecture and Technology in the same year. After I finished my postgraduate studies in 2014 in Iran, I applied for a PhD position in the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Professor Richard Coyne and started my PhD course in October 2014. 

During my time in the university, I have evolved not only as a designer, but also as a researcher. My approach to architecture as a creative practice is both top-down and bottom-up. My main focus is contemporary architectural propositions and urbanism considering new technologies. I am keen on reviewing design processes and methodologies within the scope of speculative realism and biology/nature. I question the spatial articulation through the interdisciplinary knowledge of architecture, technology and biosemiotics.  

I started studying organic, grid shell structures in architecture for my Master’s dissertation in Iran and have developed a design strategy for a multi complex metro station in west of Tehran. This was the beginning of my journey as an early career researcher at the University of Edinburgh. I have developed research in the area of biomimicry and big data practice in architecture during my first and second year in Edinburgh and also have been actively involved in research groups and teaching accordingly. I am currently in the third year of my PhD.