Elnaz Ghazi: Computational Design, Emotions and Mental Health

Elnaz Ghazi, MArch, PhD, has practiced in Italy and in Iran. She pursued her doctoral degree in architecture at the University of ‘La Sapienza’ with title “New horizons and new potentiality of the public space: Interaction, Sociology, Communication, Technologies, Neuroscience” for improving the social interaction in the public space. Her research interests focus is specifically on the brain waves and facial expressions as a mean to capture the users’ emotions, feelings and sensations. After her Ph.D., she immediately started to collaborate with Rachel Armstrong and her research group in the field of ‘Living Architecture Systems’ at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. Furthermore, she gained the professional experience working with various architectural practices in the middle East and Europe, among them Fuksas Studio in Italy. At the moment she is working for the international architectural practice in Germany in the field of Computational Design. She also worked as the lecturer for the master degree program ‘Neuroscience Applied to Architectural Design’ at IUAV university in Venice. In the recent years, a variety of her personal projects was awarded and was exposed in ‘HOMI Design in Milan 2016, 2017, 2018’, ‘Expo Milan 2015’, ‘Fab10’ Barcelona 2014, ‘Maker Fair’ Rome 2014. Other awarded projects were ‘Rascacielo 2013’ for ‘ARQUITECTUM’ in Lima in Peru, ‘So.Ma’ and ‘Aleph’ for the digital crafting competition ‘Reshape’ and ‘Responsive Environment’ for the ‘CAME Design Award’. Moreover, she is an author of several scientific publications and her work has been awarded and exhibited internationally.

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