Researcher, Educator, and Designer
Hi! I'm Anahita. Welcome to my page!
I'm an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, in the School of Architecture and Planning and collaborate with researchers across the Graduate School of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as a part of the campus-wide Learning Science Initiative. 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.