Kereshmeh Afsari is a PhD candidate in Design Computation and a member of the Digital Building Lab (DBL). She is involved in research on advanced Building Information Modeling (BIM), computational design, and curriculum development. She has experience in design, construction management and creative computational problem solving for architectural design. Afsari has contributed to the development of design applications at Autodesk Inc. and Perkins + Will. She was the lead designer of Fajr Central Control Building in Iran in 2009 which she won the special recognition award for creating reflective interiors. She is also the recipient of the PhD Fellowship from Georgia Tech.
She holds an MArch from the University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran, and the MS in Digital Architectural Design from the University of Salford, Manchester, UK. Her research interest is at the intersection of architecture and computational science. Her PhD dissertation establishes an innovative methodology for exchanging design data in the Cloud.
Mohanned Althobaiti is a PhD candidate in the Building Technology & Performance program and a member of the High Performance Building Lab. His research interest is situated at the intersection of architecture, sustainability, and building efficiency. He is interested in energy studies, controls, modeling, and simulation for the design and operation of high-performing buildings in order to improve the way buildings use resources. The technical performance of buildings is the result of the complex interplay of highly variable boundary conditions with the physical behavior of many components operating in multiple domains. The capture of this relationship at appropriate resolution and aggregation with subsequent use in design and operational decisions is the major focus of Mohanned’s research.
Mohanned received an MArch degree from the University of Miami, where he conducted his thesis: “Intelligent and Adaptive Façade System: The Impact of Intelligent and Adaptive Façade on The Performance and Energy Efficiency of Buildings.”
Yousef Bushehri is a PhD candidate in evidence-based design and universal design, investigating how the design of space affects human health. His research interest brings together spatial design, human aging, and designing for aging. In addition Yousef is interested in methods of analyzing and quantifying spatial experience so that designs can be compared to extract characteristics to inform future guidelines. His past works include practicing as an architect in Kuwait, participating as an artist in residence at Google's Paris office, and working as a research assistant at the Simtigrate Design Lab.
Yousef attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. for his BSArch (2011) minoring in psychology and March (2013) focusing on digital media, and recently completed his MSArch (2016) at Georgia Tech with a concentration in healthcare design.
Gustavo Carneiro is a PhD candidate currently researching the coupling of building energy simulation models and optimization algorithms for cost-effective and energy-efficient solutions in the residential sector. He is interested in expanding the simulation and optimization techniques to the urban scale, with the support of uncertainty and risk analysis. Gustavo holds a BS in Civil Engineering and a MS in Environmental Technologies from the University of Brasilia, where he developed studies involving multi-criteria decision-making in urban sanitation systems. After professional experience in the construction industry and in projects related to sustainable engineering, he became interested in the role of energy for achieving sustainability in the built environment. This motivated him to pursue a PhD degree in the High Performance Buildings track. Being part of a multidisciplinary graduate team from Georgia Tech, he was recently awarded with the ‘Analysis Excellence’ recognition in the US Department of Energy – 2015 Race to Zero Competition, with the design and analysis of a net zero energy house in Atlanta, GA.
Registered architect. Jeff earned his BS and MArch from Ohio State University. He worked as a designer in the office of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects in Atlanta from 2002 to 2009, working in various phases of design from concept through construction and in roles from model builder to senior project manager. His research with Georgia Tech’s Digital Building Laboratory explores various evolving computing tools and their effect on building designs, processes, and construction.
Jeff was recently a finalist in the Field Experiment competition organized by The Goat Farm and The Hambidge Center. His project sought to question typical exteriors of our buildings and explore the multiple meanings of the term envelope. The design process embraced a back and forth between multiple aspects of the project; pattern and object, drawing and model, physical and digital, materiality and abstraction, detail and whole.
Chen Feng is a PhD candidate in the School of Architecture working with Dr. John Peponis on Space Syntax and urban morphology. Prior to beginning the PhD program, Chen received his MArch in Architectural History and Theory from Shenzhen University, China and his BArch from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China in 2008. His master thesis is a study of the morphological and functional transformation of Macau over the past 200 years. At Georgia Tech, Chen switched his research focus to the foundations of Space Syntax and the concepts and measures that we bring to the description of space. Funded by Perkins+Will, Chen led the development of a Grasshopper tool for parametric space-syntax analysis in 2014. From 2014 to 2015, he was involved in an applied-research project funded by Dar Al-Handasah, helping develop and assess the master plan of Medina in Saudi Arabia. His doctoral research topic is the space syntax of supergrids. Preliminary research findings have been published in the Journal of Space Syntax.
Stadia as a building typology has been a central object of my career as an architect at academic and practical levels. Currently I´m focused on the research of design methodologies that can be applied to stadia in order to achieve beneficial legacies. I´m a member of the Stadia Lab where scientific design analysis is developed producing data that can improve the effects of stadia on its built environment. Professionally I´ve worked with stadia proposals for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, stadiums and arenas for private and public clients where I´ve been able to observe from a privileged point of view the distance of the design process from the advertised legacies as well as the significant impact of large scale stadia to the urban landscape of its host cities. Although the potential legacy related to stadia is very questionable, there´s is a clear necessity to review this building´s archetypal in order to take a broader consideration of social, historical, economic and urban realities, finally becoming a catalyst of urban development.
Sabri Gokmen is a PhD candidate in Design Computation program and who studies German Romanticism and computational morphology, particularly focusing on theoretical concepts outlined by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in early eighteenth century. His dissertation is a historical and theoretical re-evaluation of Goethe’s works on natural sciences, literature and aesthetics, while developing digital tools to study its implications on understanding form and growth in both natural and architectural morphogenesis.
Sabri was born in Turkey where he received his BS from Middle East Technical University. He achieved his MArch at Georgia Tech in Digital Design and Fabrication with a Fulbright scholarship. Since his graduation, he has taught various courses on parametric modeling, scripting, digital media and architectural design studios focusing on design theory and methodology. Apart from academic teaching, Gokmen has been involved with the School of Architecture year end publications as co-editor since 2010.
Paula Gomez is an architect having graduated from Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Chile, Fulbright Scholar and currently a PhD candidate in architecture, with concentration in Design Computing. Her work focuses on capturing and analyzing spatio-temporal human occupancy information in buildings. For her dissertation, occupancy patterns were extracted using surveillance videos in a healthcare setting, a topic that was awarded as best dissertation proposal in SIGRADI Uruguay (2014). She is currently working as a Research Assistant at the GT Research Institute (GTRI) on a NASA funded project related to the development of smart flooring systems.
Gomez has taught studios in the area of computational design at Santa Maria Technical University, as well as courses in physics, structures, new media art, and spatial analysis at the University of Chile. Currently, Paula is completing her PhD with a scholarship from The Council of Educational Facility Planners (CEFPI).
Wenbo Guo is a PhD candidate who is currently studying architectural history and theory in working with Professor George Johnston. Her current research interest is concerned with the development in the early 20th century of the scholarship focused specifying upon Chinese architectural history.
Prior to Georgia Tech, she received an MArch from the University of Pennsylvania. Before came to US, she studied architecture and practiced professionally in China. She received MArch from Southeast University and BArch from Nanjing University of Technology. She is currently working as a Teaching Assistant in History of Architecture.
Khatereh Hadi researches healthcare design at Georgia Tech where she is a PhD candidate in Evidence-based design and a member of SimTigrate Design Lab. She is interested in creating better healthcare environments for patients, staff and families through design and research. She received a BArch and MArch from Art University of Isfahan, Iran. Her area of interest is computation, simulation and optimization for designing healthcare settings to improve patient’s safety and satisfaction, as well as staff’s performance by looking at different design parameters. Recently, she has been focused on studying intensive care units, trying to understand how spatial characteristic such as visibility and accessibility vary in different architectural layouts and how different design parameters change these spatial characteristics. She has also been involved in major research projects about impact of design in creating better lighting environments for patients and nurses.
Qi Li is a PhD candidate and Graduate research assistant. He holds a BEng in Building Environmental and Equipment Engineering from Tsinghua University, China and a MS in Statistics from Georgia Tech. His research focuses on innovative engineering-based data-driven building energy modeling paradigm, urban-scale building energy management, statistical analysis, optimization and data visualization in sustainable building design, operation and retrofit practice. His previous work includes lightweight Bayesian calibration of building energy models under uncertainty, extension of Green Building XML (gbXML) schema to automate uncertainty quantification, building energy modeling at urban scale with reduced order model and Geographic Information System (GIS), carbon emission budget assessment of U.S. building sector, and parameterization and design guidance suggestion at conceptual architectural design.
Heather Ligler is an architect and design researcher interested in how generative and parametric design both provide a new computational basis for architecture. Currently a PhD canddiate, her ongoing research investigates the evolution of John Portman’s architectural language from his 1964 Atlanta residence, Entelechy I, to his emblematic atrium hotels all over the world. Alongside her studies, Heather is a research assistant in the Shape Computation Lab, contributing to the SCL’s work on courthouse design by tracing the historical lineage of the building type. She is also teaching assistant to the Art and Architecture in Greece and Italy Study Abroad Program where she is developing a research program to engage students in digital heritage projects through photogrammetry and shape grammars. Before her graduate studies, Heather practiced from intern architect to Project Architect in the office of John Portman & Associates on multiple international projects. She holds a BArch and BInteriorArch from Auburn University and an MArch in Digital Design and Fabrication from Georgia Tech.
Lisa Lim is a PhD candidate with academic and practical backgrounds in architecture. She received a BA and MS in architecture from Seoul National University, South Korea and worked as a junior architect and architectural researcher. Lisa is deeply interested in providing healthy and favorable environments to people with regard to the relationship between physical environments and people’s behaviors or feelings. She has expertise on understanding/quantifying built environments and spatial behaviors with various research methods and tools. Her current research interests are: workspace design for individual/organizational outcomes, cross-cultural design considerations, and developing/refining spatial analyses methods. As a Graduate Research Assistant of SimTigrate Design Lab, she is deeply engaged in healthcare field by participating in various research projects such as Patient Centered Medical Home, team-room design for interdisciplinary healthcare members, improving sleep in healthcare setting, and ICU and patient room analyses for design considerations.
Marisabel Marratt is a PhD candidate in the History and Theory concentration. Her research examines 20th century history and philosophies of technology, and their implications for contemporary architectural history and theory, aesthetics and the evolving experience and conception of Architecture in professional practice. As point-of departure, her focus is the work of French philosopher of technology Gilbert Simondon (1924-1989), his conception of techno-aesthetics and in-formation, and its potential implications for contemporary conceptions of Architecture.
Marisabel holds a BArch and MArch from Princeton University. In her extensive professional experience, Marisabel has since been involved in many award-winning projects, encompassing Architecture, Interior Architecture and Production Design. The desire to “push the envelope”, has led to inventive approaches to space/form-making, exploring and implementing virtual and material technologies, color, movement and light.
Zorana Matić is currently pursuing a PhD in Urban Design. Her research focuses on links between characteristics of built environment and public health and how designing urban places that promote physical activity affects behavioral choices and health outcomes. Her ongoing research is looking closely at retrofit opportunities for vacant healthcare facilities and sites and health districts planning. She gained extensive teaching experience, working on number of courses in urban design, planning and architecture. Currently works as GRA and GTA and has been part of Urban Design and Architecture studios, as well as Instructor for Core I Design studio.
Zorana holds a BArch and MArch in Urbanism from the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She received several awards in design competitions and was awarded several fellowships including 2013 SoA PhD fellowship, 2008 Eurobank EFG Scholarship for the top 100 students in Serbia, Scholarship of the Republic Fund for Scientific and Artistic Youth of Serbia (2007-2012).
James Park is a PhD candaite and researcher focusing on formal specifications of architectural type and language, generative design theories, and computer implementation of shape grammar systems. His current research investigates the courthouse building type focusing on the generative description of the Mies van der Rohe’s courthouse language, in the form of a shape grammar, designed and implemented in Revit-Dynamo. He is a research assistant in the Shape Computation Lab (SCL), and his contributions include generative and parametric modeling, database design, web design and administrating the funded research project CourtsWeb: A visual database of contemporary US Courthouses, in collaboration with G.S.A. and U.S. Courts. James holds a BArch and MArch from Georgia Tech.
Carrie Pavel is a PhD candidate in History, Theory and Criticism. She studies the influence of avant-garde movements on interwar and postwar architecture. Her current research explores the evolution of utopian thinking in the work of architects whose approaches to design were conceived in avant-garde circles. Investigating how the political and material realities of architectural practice altered and dislocated their work, she focuses on the institutions that harbored architectural innovation and the retrospectives of the 1950s and 1960s that would revitalize their work.
Carrie holds a MArch from the University of Cincinnati, earning her graduating class’s Distinguished Thesis Award for Research. She has served as an appointed member on the College Art Association’s Students and Emerging Professionals Committee and is a founding member of the Romanian working party of Docomomo International. Her work has been supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the US Title VIII program.
Robin Prater is a PhD candidate with a background in architecture, civil engineering, and college-level teaching. Her interest in architectural history stems from a deep appreciation and interest in the fabric of buildings. Her dissertation research focuses on the design techniques and observable devices in the Neo-Georgian architecture of Sir Edwin Lutyens and their applicability to current design practices.
Fereshteh Shahmiri is a PhD candidate specializing in Design Computing. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a MS in Computational Design, focusing on Robotic Fabrication and Human Robot Interaction. She also has experience in software development and integration of different application interfaces. She recieved the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO grant for Creative Inquiry for her research in interactive, responsive and sensor-based design. She has worked at Bentley Systems where she helped establish a framework for parametric modeling software environment and was involved in development of GenerativeComponents. She also worked at Gensler where she developed applications in response to design, analysis and optimization demands.
She holds a BArch from Tehran University of Arts and is certified in education and training in ‘Membrane Structures’ by the Institute for Membrane and Shell Structure, Anhalt University, Germany; and also is certified in ‘Spatial Structures and Systems’ by Surrey University, UK.
Shani Sharif is an architect and researcher, currently pursuing her doctoral studies in Computational Design. She hold a SMArchS in Design and Computation from MIT, a MArch from Shahid Beheshti University, and a BArch from the University of Tehran with a focus in digital fabrication and a minor in computer science and cognitive science, her research concerns human-robot collaboration in digital design and fabrication processes. Shani currently teaches Robotic Fabrication, and Materials and Fabrication courses at Digital Fabrication Laboratory, and is engaged in BIM focused research projects at Digital Building Lab at Georgia Tech. She was previously an adjunct professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology where she taught courses on complex geometries and fabrication, a researcher at MIT Media Lab and School of Architecture and Planning, and project architect at Design Core and ATEC Consultants.
Thomas Mark Shelby is a PhD candidate with a focus in History, Theory, and Criticism concentration. In addition to preparing a thesis topic proposal, he is working as an environmental consultant. Shelby is an archeologist and architectural historian who has undertaken a variety of documentation, survey, archival, and archeological excavation projects throughout the Southeastern United States and Central America, most under the aegis of preservation consulting and cultural resource management. Thus, much of his work draws from a range of disciplines, including Anthropology, History, Art History, and Urban and Landscape Studies.
Mark holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, a MA in Latin American Studies and Archaeology along with a second MA in Art History; the thesis written for the latter degree, entitled From Beaux-Arts to Modernism: The Alabama Architecture of D. O. Whilldin, 1881-1970, received “Most Outstanding Thesis,” University of Alabama, 2007.
Yifu Shi is a first-year PhD student of high performance building group with Dr. Godfried Augenbroe as advisor. He focuses on how the building system and operation affects the building energy performance. His current research interest is the large scale building energy modeling, regional building energy estimations and net zero buildings.
Yifu received his Bachelor of Engineering in Building Science and Technology from Tsinghua University and his Master of Science in Architecture from University of Pennsylvania with Dr. Ali Malkawi as advisor. His master work includes energy audit and analysis for campus buildings, and provides optimal strategies. In the past five years, Yifu worked as an engineer for Energy System Lab of Texas A&M University in building systems and commissioning field. His professional experience includes the building energy modelling, HVAC diagnosis and building control optimization.
Pedro Soza received a degree in architecture from the University of Chile in 1997. In 2004, Soza returned to the University of Chile invited to teach at the school of architecture, and joined SIGraDi, the Ibero-American Society of Digital Graphics. In 2005, he was invited as a member of the jury for the International Biennale of Architecture at Miami Beach. In 2006 he was chair of the X international conference of SIGraDi, in Santiago, Chile. From 2007 to 2009, he was president of SIGraDi. After presenting his work in design computation in Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba and Peru, in 2008, Mr. Soza was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a doctoral degree in architecture. In 2009 he began doctoral studies at Georgia Tech, and his research interest moved from design computing to design cognition. His current work focuses on the role that procedural and semantic representations of design knowledge play in formulating early architectural problems. In 2014, Soza returned to University of Chile where works as faculty member, currently as chair of undergraduate studies, and continue working on his PhD Thesis.
Matthew Swarts is a member of the Research Faculty. His work focuses on the translation of human behavioral patterns and perceptions into computer models and simulations to better understand design decisions. Swarts works in the Interactive Media Architecture Group in Education in the Center for Geographic Information Systems developing collaborative virtual and augmented environments alongside models of landscape perception and predictive models of building performance. He works in the SimTigrate Design Lab and the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access. He assists in running the Interactive Product Design Lab where Industrial Design and Human Computer Interaction students create functional interactive electronic prototypes. Swarts teaches courses on computer programming for designers and designing for interaction and interactive environments. Swarts is a co-founder of Paracision LLC, which develops workshops and custom software solutions for design firms around parametric modeling. He is also the co-founder of Mitto Design LLC, a design consultancy firm for all things interactive.
Donghoon Yang is a PhD candidate in the design computation, and a research scientist at the Digital Building Laboratory in the Georgia Institute of Technology and previously worked as a researcher at SK Engineering and Construction, South Korea and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, NY. His main research topic is in the area of interoperability in the AEC/FM industries, which enables others to reuse the once generated information without losing any design intents. His work on interoperability includes specification of open standards for data exchange, implementation of software tools for importing and exporting, and validation of exchanged information. His other researches include expert system on architectural design, parametric modeling and form generation, digital fabrication, and construction methods for structural building elements. He was the instructor for Parametric Modeling courses, and a co-instructor for the Building Data Modeling course with Professor Charles Eastman.
Yuna Zhang received her B.S in building science from Tianjin University in Tianjin, China in 2010. She started her Ph.D study in High Performance Building group at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta in 2010. Her research interests include energy simulation, day light simulation, design optimization, decision analysis, façade design, data mining and data driven model, etc. She worked as summer intern at Energy Efficiency Building research Hub in in Philadelphia in summer 2011. She was also hired as Research Aide by Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago from May to December 2015. She has been involved in projects including building energy performance simulation, building energy performance risk analysis, and building energy model calibration under uncertainties.