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Mahnaz Izadi

I studied Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and Master of Architecture, both at University of Art at Tehran, Iran. My main area of research interest is studying human-environment interactions, with a special focus on vulnerable populations like children, and my Master’s thesis was in this domain, Designing a Foster Group Home, with emphasis on the effects of environmental factors on foster children’s development and well-being. It was an interdisciplinary study, bridging the theories of developmental and environmental psychology to architectural design. Currently, I am working on a review of foster care system in Iran based on Deinstitutionalization Theory, and its implications for architectural design. At the Graduate Center, I’m willing to continue working on children’s environments, especially for more sensitive children, such as foster kids and street children. I’m also interested in participatory design with children and the issues of social justice in planning and design.

 

Research interests:

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

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