Dr Mina Tahsiri

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  • Qualifications:B.Arch M.Arch PhD, FHEA
  • 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 wellbeing and productivity in the workplace.

For prospective PhD students, interested in pursuing research in alignment with the workplace futures focus, there may be scope to secure funding through the South West Doctoral Training Partnership: https://www.swdtp.ac.uk/ .  Eligible candidates interested in developing a proposal for the 2022-23 entry via the sustainable futures pathway, are welcome to get in touch with a short CV and synopsis of their proposed research.

- 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 currently act as an editor for the Journal of the Association of Architectural Educators: Charrette and advise 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, and also teach on design studio and research modules across the programme. In the current academic year and in response to the socio-environmental emergencies facing our cities, students within the Architecture & Design studio 3 module have been examining the meaning of responsiveness and developing proposals for a 'Responsive Spike Island 2030', with projects focusing on next-generation environments for working, playing and learning. The studio is led through four clusters, each pursuing design through a specific design methodology (narrative production; biological adaptation; computational thinking; tectonic experimentation).


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