Mahnaz is a graduate of Architecture from Tehran University of Art in Iran. For her master’s thesis, she focused on the ways children and youth interact with their environment in foster group homes, and proposed a design for a foster group home in Tehran based on the developmental and environmental psychology studies and theories.
She is a proponent of interdisciplinary planning and design with a focus on human safety and psychological well-being in different socio-spatial settings. She is a member of the Children’s Environment Research Group (CERG) and currently is exploring the role of the school’s environment in students’ social safety and school climate from an architectural viewpoint while employing an ecological framework. She intends to expand her research on human-environment interactions into other public and private realms, focusing on social and environmental justice and socio-cultural production of space.
Environmental Psychology, Children’s Environment, Participatory Planning and Design, Social Ecology, Social and Environmental Justice, Child-Friendly Environments, Environment and Health, Environments of Vulnerable Populations