DIRECTORS OF R+G UBE LAB
Dr Ali GhaffarianHoseini and Dr Amirhosein GhaffarianHoseini co-founded and jointly lead the R+G UBE lab. Ar Mahdiar GhaffarianHoseini leads integrative research and professional design aspects of the lab.
Dr Amirhosein GhaffarianHoseini
Dr. Amirhosein Ghaffarianhoseini, recently appointed as AUT leading researcher, is an architectural designer, an urban thinker and an academic lecturer in architectural design, building science and sustainability at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. With over 9 years of academic teaching and research experience in New Zealand, Canada and Malaysia in the context of sustainable built environments, his research primarily concentrates on the future of sustainable buildings, urban areas and cities. He has completed his postdoctorate in advanced architectural sustainability at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He was previously a senior lecturer in architecture and sustainability at University of Malaya (UM) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
His research focus brings together architectural design, sustainable & healthy buildings, urban micro-climate, and green technology. He is a founding director of Responsive + Green Urban Built Environment (R+G UBE) Lab which is an interdisciplinary research group based in New Zealand, Malaysia and Canada (www.rgube.com).
Dr. Amir has led several nationally/internationally funded research projects and is currently supervising several PhD and Master students as part of R+G lab. He mainly teaches final-year courses in the areas of architectural design, sustainable design & building technology, and building modelling. He has coordinated design studios at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, focusing on integrated design, architectural science and sustainability. He is also the coordinator of all master research projects at the department of built environment engineering at AUT. Likewise, he is an associate editor of Intelligent Buildings International while serving as editorial board member, scientific/technical committee member and reviewer for many top-ranked international journals and conferences.
He is the author of several highly read/cited/awarded research papers and his publications have received over 1400 citations in Google Scholar resulting in an h-index of 17. He has delivered keynote/invited speeches at different international conferences and his research articles are published in many of the world's top ranked journals including Building and Environment, Applied Energy, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Cities, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Renewable Energy, Intelligent Buildings International, Automation in Construction, Desalination and Water Treatment, Sustainable Cities and Society, Architectural Science Review and Smart and Sustainable Built Environment.
Dr Ali ghaffarianhoseini
Dr Ali (PhD, MSc & B.Arch. Hons), is a Senior Lecturer, Appointed Leading Researcher, Programme Leader [BE (Hons) Architectural Engineering], Industry Engagement Coordinator [BE (Hons) Architectural Engineering + BE (Hons) Construction Engineering] (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand) and a Professional Architectural Engineer/Designer (NZIA Academic Member - 24326) holding PhD and MSc degrees in Architectural Studies and B.Arch. (Hons) in Architecture Engineering. He is a founding director of Responsive + Green Urban Built Environment Lab, New Zealand (www.rgube.com). With approximately 12 years of postgraduate academic research/teaching experience, in addition to over 15 years of architectural design/engineering practice, he has always been regarded as a high achiever. In conjunction with teaching architecture/construction design-engineering courses, he is an active researcher focusing on Building Information Modelling (BIM), Design Cognition & Computing; Building Automation Systems, Smart Homes & Intelligent Buildings, Sustainable Design Developments, Green Buildings and Integrated Design Studies. His scholarly standing (Citations: 1467, h-index: 17, i10-index: 22), represents significant contribution to the academic circle highlighting his merit even in built environment engineering subject areas broader than the architectural research per se. He has been diligently engaged in various international research collaborations with world-class academicians from Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Iran, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea, UK, USA, etc., and has achieved well-recognized international innovation awards plus scholarship of 112 international level patent; journal articles; books/book chapters; conference papers etc. His research contribution resulted in publication of many highly read and cited papers in high impact factor international journals namely Building and Environment, Cities, Applied Energy, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Sustainable Cities & Society, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Intelligent Buildings International, Architectural Science Review, etc. He is also the sole invited representative of AUT University @ NBEWG to promote incorporation of BIM in the context of Design/Engineering academic curriculum.
Throughout his academic career, he has developed, moderated, reviewed and contributed to accreditation of various academic programs & contents concerning architecture and the built environment engineering as a whole along with developing & facilitating special research, teaching and testing laboratories plus mentoring several young academicians and active involvement in student recruitment expos. He has graduated 1 and currently supervises 14 PhD candidates (7 supervision + 7 co-supervision) besides supervising 12, graduating 43 and orally examining more than 100 Master’s students on top of evaluating postgraduate theses, as external examiner, for university of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington and many others. He has also been a key member of scientific/technical committees for 60+ prestigious international academic conferences such as Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), Construction Applications of Virtual Reality (ConVR), Architectural Science Association (ASA) formerly known asANZAScA (Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association), CIB World Building Congress (WBCIB), Australasian Building Simulation (AIRAH), Green Cities, Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE), Sustainable Development of Energy, Water And Environmental Systems (SDEWES), Automation, Control & Robotics Engineering (CACRE),Sustainable Built Environment (SBE), Advanced Building Skins, etc. in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA).
AR MAHDIAr ghaffarianhoseini
Mahdiar Ghaffarian is an academic researcher, practicing designer and university instructor with more than 12 years of experience in the broad field of architecture.
While pursuing the implementation of digital architecture and computational design in architectural practice at Perkins and Will in Vancouver, his main academic area of research is an interdisciplinary field that combines architecture, biology and computation with the goal of introducing new dynamic design methodologies, establishing intelligent problem-solving techniques through computational design and predicting the future of design as an organic on-going evolutionary phenomenon.
In the past few years, while working on his doctorate thesis on “Alive Architecture”, he has been serving University of Calgary, as an instructor, graduate teaching assistant, studio reviewer and many other types of academic involvement. Mahdiar is a PhD student at University of Calgary in Computational Media Design program, while holding a Bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from University of Tehran, and a Master of architecture’s degree from environmental design faculty at University of Calgary.
Through his education and practice, he has received several awards and recognitions including; Alberta Association of Architects’ President’s Medal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Honour Roll Certificate, as well as several scholarships from Environmental Design Faculty and Computational Media Design program at University of Calgary.
His research interests include Computational Design; Generative/Parametric Design; Parametric Algorithmic Design; Integrative Design; Data Visualization and Evolutionary Architecture; Form Finding; Dynamic Architecture; Architecture of Change; Kinetics; Responsive Architecture; Interactive Design; Adaptability; Biomimicry And Organic Morphologies; Biological Architecture; Bio-Inspired Design; Biological Computation; Digital Fabrication And Emerging Technologies; New Materials and Robotics..