Researcher, Designer, and Educator
Hi! I'm Anahita. Welcome to my page!
I'm an assistant professor at Portland State University. I teach courses on structures, building science and tectonics, mentor Climate Action Design Studio, and advise graduate design and research projects. I received my doctoral degree in Architecture (Building Technology) at the University of Michigan.
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 and multi-objective form-finding methods, including programming and parametric design and GA-based form exploration;
Building science and tectonic, including thermal and day-lighting simulation, structural analysis, development of Clean-Tech and Low-Tech building assemblies;
Teaching STEM to non-STEM students.
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. Most of my studies attempted to expose designers a wide diversity of suitable solutions versus minimizing the objective functions to find high-performing ones.