The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning


Amir was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. After graduating with bachelor of architecture from Shahid Beheshti University and master of urbanism from Tehran University, Amir pursued his professional life as an architect and planner working on urban redevelopment projects, mainly in the metropolitan area of Tehran. Since then, the multidisciplinary field of urban design has become the center of his interest, and still his main question is how urban designers can contribute most for making a good city. He continued his education at the University of Michigan earning the master of urban design. He was a member of the University of Michigan team that won the 2011 ULI/ Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. Joining the Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design PhD program at the University of Utah has been a great opportunity for him to continue his investigation on the integration of urban form, social issues, aesthetical concerns, and environmental realities. His research topics involve studying the impact of street network morphology on pedestrian activity, the formal typology of American metropolitan areas, and the current trends of university campus transformations. He is adjunct instructor since spring 2012 in City and Metropolitan Department at the University of Utah, teaching Physical Plan Analysis and Urban Design Visualization. He has also been a teacher assistant for different courses such as Urban Design Studio, Urban Theory and Form, and Case Studies of Design and Development.