Dr Mina Tahsiri

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  • Qualifications:B.Arch M.Arch PhD (Architecture); FHEA, PGCert (Academic Professional Practice)
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Architecture
  • Department:FET - Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Telephone:+4411732 87647
  • Email:Mina.Tahsiri@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I am a Senior Lecturer in Architecture, with expertise in human behaviour and environmental psychology, design cognition and theory, mixed methods research and studio-based architectural pedagogy.

I have a broad interest in how people interact with their surrounding environment, be it with other people, their tools or the built environment, in order to propose design strategies that can realise effective and meaningful human-environment interactions. My current scholarship has two strands of focus:

- Workplace futures: Examining the role architecture and the built environment can play in the formations of communities of practice and supporting collaboration and productivity in the workplace. For 21-22 I have been granted the UWE Vice Chancellor's ECR grant, to study collaborative creative work in a hybrid physical-digital spaces and pathways for approaching design of post-digital workplaces.

- Narrative, language and architecture: Questioning the role of narrative and language in both the decision-making and communicative processes of architectural design and the form of architecture.

My past research focused on design cognition and theory. Respectively, within the framework of the theory of Distributed Cognition, I studied designer-tool interactions during design conceptualisation as part of my doctoral thesis at the University of Nottingham. Following this, I was involved in an EPSRC-funded project investigating the neural and cognitive basis of design ideation (Imagine-D) at the University of Strathclyde, before joining UWE. I also was an  editor for the Journal of the Association of Architectural Educators: Charrette (2019-21) and advised on the Higher Education Pedagogies, Policy & Practice (HEPPP) Research Network at UWE Bristol.

In my teaching, I co-lead the graduating year Architecture & Design 3 studio module on the BSc Architecture programme. In the current academic year, the studio has a particular focus on designing for a circular economy, exploring what sustainable processes of production and consumption in a number of industries (food, tourism, electronics, wearable) that have a significant impact on the climate can look like and the role architecture and design can play in supporting sustainable practices. The studio is led through four thematic cluster each addressing the brief with a different focus on sustainable practice; these are (a) localism for sustainable production & consumption (b)polyphonic production & consumption (c) regenerative production & consumption (d) active architecture for sustainable production & consumption. 

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