Researcher

Dr Fatemeh Aminpour

My Expertise

Fatemeh's research centres on interdisciplinary environment-behaviour projects that investigate people and place relationship. Her particular focus is on research with children that offers recommendations for inclusive design. She has the experience of using qualitative methodologies and participatory methods with children. 

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Biography

Fatemeh's area of research interest is children’s environments. She has the experience of designing and researching school environments with a particular interest in inclusive school design and participatory methodologies in research with children. She holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales in Environment-Behaviour research and her Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture from the University of Tehran, Iran. Her PhD...view more

Fatemeh's area of research interest is children’s environments. She has the experience of designing and researching school environments with a particular interest in inclusive school design and participatory methodologies in research with children. She holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales in Environment-Behaviour research and her Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture from the University of Tehran, Iran. Her PhD project explores the role of in-between spaces within outdoor school environments in children’s expression of agency.

Since 2015, Fatemeh tutored students in both elective and core courses, run by the Faculty of Built Environment in different programs including City Planning, Urban Development and Design, Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Prior to her PhD studies, she was a research assistant working on low-energy schools and the context and design of traditional schools in Iran. She has a couple of years of experience in practice in Hermpey Consulting Engineering as a landscape architect.  


My Grants

  1. PhD Writing Fellowship, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW (2018), Sponsor: Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW
  2. Digital Uplift Innovation – Learning and Teaching Grant (2018), Sponsor: Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW
  3. EDRA Student Research Grant, EDRA47 (2015), Sponsor: Environment Design Reseach Association 
     

 


My Qualifications

PhD (UNSW), MArch, BArch

 


My Awards

  1. Learning and Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW (2018)
  2. The winner of 3MT competition, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW (2017)
  3. University International Postgraduate Award for PhD studies, UNSW (2014)
  4. The fourth best design selected in the conference of Iranian School, Iranian Architecture for the design of the educational complex with a collaborative approach to learning in Semnan (2012)
  5. Top undergraduate student, School of Architecture, College of Fine Arts, University of Tehran (2009)
  6. The best design of the Residential Complex in Imamzade Yahiya Neighbourhood in Tehran awarded by the chairman of Tehran City Council (2008)

 


My Research Activities

Jun 2018 - Present: EEDMN BASIX: Mapping the Decision-Making Processes to Identify Barriers and Drivers to Meet or Exceed the BASIX Requirements of New Builds, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and CRC for Low Carbon Living (Research Fellow)

Feb 2014 - Feb 2018: The Role of In-between Spaces within Outdoor School Environments in Children’s Expression of Agency, Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales (Doctoral thesis)

Sep 2013 - Nov 2013: Low-energy schools in Iran, Jihad Research Centre, College of Fine Arts, University of Tehran (Research Assistant)

Feb 2011 - Feb 2012: The Design of a School Complex in Semnan with the Approach of Collaborative Learning, College of Fine Arts, University of Tehran and Organization for Development (Research Assistant)


My Engagement

  1. From 2018, Member of CYRN, UNSW Steering Committee
  2. From 2014, Member of People and Place Research Cluster
  3. 2017, Student Representative, Built Environment Academic Programs & Quality Committee, UNSW Governance 
  4. 2017, Student Representative, Built Environment Academic Programs & Quality Committee, Faculty of Built Environment
  5. 2016, Nura Gili Indigenous Programs, Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS)

 


My Teaching

1. Tutor/Teacher Assistant (Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales)

  • BEIL courses: (1) BeOutThere (2) People, Place and Design; (3) Kirigami Architectural Principles & Creative Paper Engineering; (4) Urban and Regional Design; (5) Graphic Design for Built Env
  • Core courses in the programs of City Planning, Urban Development & Design, Landscape Architecture, and Architecture: (1) Arch, Sci and Environment 2, (2) Design and Communication Fundamentals for Planners, (3) Landscape Architecture Studio 3, (4) History of Landscape Architecture; (5) Introduction to Landscape Architecture; (6) History of Urban Development & Design

2. Guest lecturer (Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales)

  • Delivering a lecture on school environments for the course on Child, Youth and Environment

3. Lecturer

  • Delivering the lectures and tutorials for the course on The History of Contemporary Architecture in the Department of Architecture, University of Applied Science and Technology
  • Delivering the lectures and tutorials for the course on People, Place and Design in the Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW
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Videos

"Gender Equity in School Grounds" - Fatemeh Aminpour - UNSW 2017 3MT
2017 Engaging Women in the Built Environment Event