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  • Arta Yazdanseta

    Assistant Professor of Environmental Technologies


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    Arta Yazdanseta


    Dr. Arta Yazdanseta is the Director of the Master of Architecture Program at Parsons School of Design. Her research explores Bioclimatic Envelopes at the intersection of design, building performance, and plant biophysical ecology. As a Director and educator, she is committed to the development of novel pedagogical approaches to environmental design and education through addressing the perceived dichotomy between poetics of design and building science. She is the co-founder of Growery Collective Lab with a mission to enhance socia-natural systems by cultivating their self-organizing potentials. 

    Arta earned her Doctor of Design and Master of Design in Energy and Environments from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and her professional architectural degree from the Pratt Institute. As a researcher at the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, she developed architectural environmental design strategies and provided performance analyses for the Center’s headquarters’ Zero Carbon Retrofit project. Her research contributions have been published in Empire, State & Building, Essays On Thermodynamics: Architecture and Beauty, and Phyto: Principles and Resources for Site Remediation and Landscape Design. As an architect and designer, she has worked at SHoP Architects and hMa. 

    Arta was the first prize winner of the International Building Performance Simulation Association Competition Award in Chambery, France. She was the recipient of the Harvard Sustainability Award, Circle Award Fellowship, and AIA Women's Architectural Auxiliary Eleanor Allwork Scholar. Her work has been exhibited at the New York Chapter of the AIA and has been published in Metropolis magazine. She has taught at North Eastern University, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Boston Architectural College, and the Pratt Institute.  

    Future Courses

    Bio-Climatic Skins
    PSCE 5500, Spring 2022

    Ind Study: Design Workshop
    PGAR 5902, Spring 2022

    Independent Study
    PGAR 5900, Spring 2022

    Past Courses

    Design Studio 1
    PGAR 5001, Fall 2021

    Design Studio 2
    PGAR 5002, Spring 2021

    Environmental Design
    PSCE 5300, Spring 2021

    Environmental Tech 1: Rec
    PSCE 5301, Spring 2021

    Independent Study
    PGAR 5900, Fall 2021, Spring 2021

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