Dr Mina Tahsiri

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  • Qualifications:BSc MSc 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 and a co-programme leader on the BSc (hons) Architecture. In my teaching and research activities 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 work to date includes:

- Workplace futures: Examining the role architecture and design can play in supporting collaboration and productivity in the workplace, and nurturing talent, as well as the role the changing nature of work plays in how neighbourhoods and cities operate. For 2021-22 I have been granted the UWE Vice Chancellor's ECR grant, to study collaborative creative work in hybrid physical-digital spaces and pathways for approaching design of post-digital workplaces.

- Narrative, dialogue and practice: Questioning how through narrative and dialogue, design practice can facilitate an ethical and inclusive treatment of voices that shape the space of practice. Currently I am conducting action research that proposes and examines the potential of a narrative-based methodology in creating a polyphonic (multi-voiced) space for architectural design conceptualisation and practice.

-Pedagogy, practice and spaces of learning in higher education: Strategizing approaches to module design, teaching and feedback to support students' learning and engagement in higher education with a specific focus on the discipline of Architecture. Respectively, I have an on-going action research on studio-based design education and have served as an editor for the Journal of the Association of Architectural Educators: Charrette (2019-21), during which time I co-edited a special issue on Catalyst pedagogies and the pandemic displacement of architectural education. I have recently acted as a Co-I on a project (2021-22), prepared for HEDQF, Willmott Dixon and AUDE that provided a systematic review of literature over the past 20 years on the impact of the design and use of campus spaces and places on student outcomes.

- Design cognition and theory: Studying the underlying cognitive and lingual processes involved in decision-making, communication and interaction during design ideation; as well as exploring how the theories and methodologies through which design is studied shapes its definition and scope. This line of enquiry began with my PhD in Architecture at the University of Nottingham, where I used the theory of Distributed Cognition to examine how the design tools used in architecture impact the processes of decision-making during the concept phase. Following the PhD, I joined the Imagine-D team at the University of Strathclyde, serving as a Research Associate on an EPSRC-funded project investigating the neural and cognitive basis of design ideation.


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