Dr Mina Tahsiri

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  • Qualifications:B.Arch M.Arch PhD, AFHEA
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Architecture
  • Department:FET - Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Telephone:+4411732 87647
  • Email:Mina.Tahsiri@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I started my journey in the Architecture profession in 2006. I have obtained first-class bachelor's and master's degrees in Architecture from the University of Tehran, meanwhile working on a range of mid-scale projects with architecture practices across Tehran (mainly educational and residential buildings). Following this, I embarked on a PhD in Architecture, funded by the Dean of Engineering Scholarship for Research Excellence from the University of Nottingham. In my PhD, I looked at the concept development phase of architectural design from the lens of the theory of Distributed Cognition, which stemmed from my interest in understanding how the methods used in creative practices influence decision-making and concept development. Having completed the PhD, I joined the ImagineD research team at the University of Strathclyde, investigating the neural and cognitive basis of creative design ideation before taking up my current position at UWE.

As a lecturer, I enjoy studio-based teaching. I find the studio a great place for experimenting new concepts and theories and finding inspiring issues for research. For the academic year 2019/20, I am involved in the following modules: Foundation design studio; Architecture and Design Studio 3; Dissertation; Research and Design Strategies. I conduct studio pedagogy research parallel to my teaching and am currently a co-editor for the Journal of the Association of Architectural Educators Charrette.

As a researcher, I have a broad interest in how people interact with their surrounding environment, be it with other people, their tools or the built environment and welcome collaborative research (including PhD/dissertation supervision) on any of the aforementioned areas. 


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