Anahita Khodadadi is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture, working on the boundaries of architecture design and building science. Her research interests lie in three primary areas:
- Computation and design science, including form exploration methods, parametric modeling, application of a genetic algorithm in multi-objective design, creative design thinking and innovative problem-solving
- Building science, including thermal and daylighting simulation, integrated design, structural and environmental analyses of the buildings, life cycle assessment
- Science education in architectural pedagogy, including inclusive teaching and active learning approaches.
Within the broad spectrum of scholarly works in the field of computation and design science, the focus of her studies is on the early phases of design and consideration of both quantitative performance-based and qualitative characteristics of the design alternatives. Accordingly, most of her studies attempted to expose designers to a wide diversity of suitable solutions versus minimizing the objective functions to find high-performing ones. She received her doctorate at the University of Michigan, where her dissertation was devoted to developing a computational form exploration method that considers the concepts and principles of creative and productive thinking. Her developed method is based on the application of a genetic algorithm (GA) and the Theory of Innovative Problem Solving (TRIZ).
She has always worked at crossover points of multiple subjects while collaborating with researchers in different disciplines. Examples of these crossovers include design exploration of a folded plate dome made of cross-laminated timber (CLT) regarding its visual appearance, structural performance, interior daylight, and acoustic quality. She studied Iranian historical domes to create novel lattice structures. She also learned some management theories, such as TRIZ to bring applicable principles to the design process. She has recently accomplished a research project, in cooperation with the Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) panels industry in Canada, which includes life cycle assessment and thermal and daylighting analysis of a mid-rise residential building complex in Montreal. This study's main idea is to compare a prefabricated reinforced concrete construction with a residential building where CLT panels are utilized instead. The results of her research works are published in leading peer-reviewed journals or conference proceedings. In addition to her research background, she has served as a guest reviewer for several scholarly journals.
Anahita holds a B.Arch and an M.Arch degree from the University of Tehran which led her practicing architectural design as a registered architect in Iran, Tehran. The years of practicing architecture not only have allowed her to conduct the research projects that support design practice but also have made her design curriculum and course materials that suits future architecture practitioners’ demands.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, namely Willard A. Oberdick Fellowship, Emmanuel-George Vakaló Endowed Scholarship, Morvarid Guiv Trust Endowed Scholarship, Vakhshoori Scholarship among other honors. To Learn about her works, you may see:
Expertise: Multi-objective design, GA-based form exploration, Building science, Science education in architectural pedagogy
Selected Peer-reviewed Publications:
- October 2019: “Tutorials for Tutorials: Guidelines for Creating Video Tutorials on Teaching Structural Morphology to Architecture Students”, International Association of Shells and Spatial Structures (IASS) Annual Symposium, Barcelona, Spain USA, October 2019 (Collaborating with Niloufar Emami)
- October 2019: “Eco-friendly Mid-rise Apartments Using CLT Panels”, International Association of Shells and Spatial Structures (IASS) Annual Symposium, Barcelona, Spain USA, October 2019
- July 2018: “Synergy of a Genetic Algorithm and TRIZ in Conceptual Design”, International Association of Shells and Spatial Structures (IASS) Annual Symposium, Boston, USA, July 2018
- August 2017: "GA-Based Design Exploration of a House: An Interactive Computational Approach." The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice 11 (3): 13-25
- August 2015: “Form Exploration of Timber-based Folded Plate Domes”, International Association of Shells and Spatial Structures (IASS) Annual Symposium, Netherlands, Amsterdam, August 2015 (Collaborating with Andreas Falk and Peter von Buelow)
- August 2015: “The Active Learning Approach in Teaching Structural Concepts to Architecture Students”, International Association of Shells and Spatial Structures (IASS) Annual Symposium, Netherlands, Amsterdam, August 2015
- September 2014: "Performance-Based Exploration of Generative Design Solutions Using Formex Algebra", International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC), Vol. 12, Issue 3, 2014. (Co-author, with Professor Peter von Buelow)
- September 2014: "Design of Shading Screens Inspired by Persian Geometric Patterns: An Integrated Structural and Daylighting Performance Evaluation", International Association of Shells and Spatial Structures (IASS) Annual Symposium, Brasilia, Brazil, 2014. (First author: Niloufar Emami)
- September 2014: "Form Exploration and GA-Based Optimization of Lattice Towers Comparing with Shukhov Water Tower", International Association of Shells and Spatial Structures (IASS) Annual Symposium, Brasilia, Brazil, 2014. (Co-author: Professor Peter von Buelow)
- August 2013: “History of Iranian Architecture through 651-1219 CE” with Zohreh Bozorgmehri, Soroush Paya Pub., Tehran, Iran. The book is published in Persian
- April 2011: Co-authoring “Historical Functional Ornaments (Amood) in Iran” with Zohreh Bozorgmehri, Soroush Danesh Pub., Tehran, Iran.) The book is published in Persian
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University of Tehran
University of Michigan
University of Tehran
University of Michigan