Sahar Khoshnood has been working on her doctoral thesis at the Department of Urban Development since October 2013. She holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture and a master's degree in Urban Design both from University of Tehran, Iran. After her graduation, for more than three years, Sahar worked as an architect and urban designer in her home country while simultaneously working in academic teaching. For years, she intensively studied and researched different aspects of urban transformation in inner neighbourhood areas. She has been continuously involved in the topic of neighbourhood-scale urban regeneration in historic city centers; her PhD project is in line with this continued interest in understanding the ways in which regions change through time. Focusing on non-material qualities, her PhD research generally concerns (in-transition) perceptions of built heritage and its correspondence with urban identity.
Cities, Towards Missing Identities? Synergy Management of Sustainable Protection and Use of Cultural Urban Heritage in the Context of Global Change – the Case of Tehran
As time passes, change inevitably happens in various aspects of cities. Without proper maintenance and management of the community’s heritage, it becomes gradually worn out and eventually disappears. Historic centre of Tehran, a formerly bustling area with many precious buildings of Persian-style architecture, has lost its attraction for many locals and non-locals because of not being compatible with the necessities of contemporary life-styles. Due to absentee owners and disinvestments, the consequent deterioration has affected not only the quality of life in the city centre but also its cultural identity. So, it is the common responsibility of all stakeholders (the government and the public) to participate in sustainable development and support heritage conservation. That way, a win-win situation between protection and use of urban cultural heritage would be conceivable. This research study will center on the investigation of heritage values to be protected and also usage demands to be supplied, by taking an interdisciplinary approach. The main aim is to derive a benefit from the cultural heritage and to ensure multi-functionality, viability, and vitality of the downtown. The project is determined to contribute to sustainable protection and use of heritage in the context of global change. It explores how intangible values attached to a historic urban area can aid in both rehabilitation of this area and transmission of its cultural identity to present and later generations. It develops a management plan that provides feasible solutions to reconcile conservation-compatible use of the site while highlighting its authentic identity in the specific context of the case study.
University Studies and Degrees
|Since 10/2013||Doctoral Studies (Fachbereich Architektur, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany)|
|09/2007-02/2010||Master of Urban Design (School of Urban and Regional Planning, College of Fine Arts, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran)|
|09/2001-10/2006||Bachelor of Architecture (School of Architecture, College of Fine Arts, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran)|
|since 10/2015||Coordinator for the Support of International Students, International Office (Arch.), Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany|
|08/2014-09/2015||Academic Assistant, International Office (Arch.), Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany|
|11/2013-06/2015||Graduate Research Assistant, Fachbereich Architektur, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany|
|01/2012-07/2013||Urban Designer and Architect, Herampey Consulting Engineers, Tehran, Iran|
|09/2011-06/2012||Affiliated Faculty Member, Department of Architecture, Islamic Azad University, Ramsar, Iran|
|03/2011-09/2011||Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Islamic Azad University, Zahedan, Iran|
|11/2007-09/2011||Urban Designer and Architect, Parsan Co., Tehran, Iran|
|05/2010-09/2010||Urban Designer and Architect, Barzan Co., Tehran, Iran (Part Time)|
|03/2010-09/2010||Instructor, School of Architecture, Soore Institute of Higher Education, Tehran, Iran|
|10/2006-06/2007||Architect, Piramoon Designers Co. Ltd, Tehran, Iran|
|03/2004-06/2005||Research Assistant, School of Architecture, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran|
|03/2003-07/2005||Junior Designer and Architectural Draftsperson, Amayeshe Rahe Toseeh (A.R.T.) Consulting Engs., Tehran, Iran (Part Time)|
Scholarships and Awards
|03/2015-06/2018||Anna Ruths-Stiftung | PhD (part-)Fellowship|
|2014-2016||PhD Fellowship to attend Colloquia of “Mahalle Meets Stadtquartier: Berlin-Rabat-Tehran-Istanbul” | Funded by: The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)|
- Khoshnood, S. (2017). Planned changes in historical centre of Tehran; an overview from socio-economic causes to socio-spatial impacts. Paper presented at the 2nd Silk Cities International Conference “Reconnect Population to Urban Heritage in the Middle East & Central Asia”, University College London.
- Khoshnood, S. (2016). A Brief Overview of Management System and National Regulations from the Perspective of Cultural Heritage Conservation in the Case of Tehran, Iran (1979-2015). Paper presented at the ACHS 2016 Montreal – 3rd Biennial Conference of Association of Critical Heritage Studies – “What does heritage change?”, Concordia University.
- Khoshnood, S. (2016). Pre-Design Steps for Regeneration of Urban Texture. ZEBAU, Hamburg, SBE16 Hamburg – Conference Proceedings, 952-960. ISBN 978-3-00-052213-0
- Khoshnood, S. (2015). Historic City Centre as Lived-in Heritage; rethinking the concept of heritage from a non-Western view. Paper presented at the AESOP YA IX conference “Differences and Connections: Beyond Universal Theories in Planning, Urban, and Heritage Studies”, University of Palermo.
- Khoshnood, S. (2015). Should It Not Be More of Public Spaces? Seeking Ever-Evolving Urban Identity within Historical Public Spaces. ICOMOS Italy, Heritage and Landscape as Human Values – Conference Proceedings, 107-110. ISBN ICOMOS 978-2-918086-02-04 / ISBN ESI 978-88-495-3057-5
- Khoshnood, S. (2014). It Counts for More than It Is; Rethinking ‘Urban Built Heritage’ through a Discussion of the Local Identity. GAU Journal of Social & Applied Sciences, Issue 10 – Supplement, Volume 6, 513-519. ISSN 1305-9130
- Khoshnood, S. (2014). A Discussion on the Share of Intangible Qualities in City’s Transformation. Paper presented at the AESOP Annual Congress “From Control to Co-Evolution”, Utrecht Science Park (De Uithof). available online at: http://cimglobal.net/aesop/Proceedings28072014.zip
- Khoshnood, S. (2010). Theory Fundamentals & Practical Patterns of Interventions in Urban Texture, in Contemporary Iran (Case Study: Navab Project \ Tehran , on the Basis of Regeneration Approach). Master’s Thesis submitted to University of Tehran, Iran.
- Khoshnood, S. (2006). The Recreational–Cultural Coastal Complex, in Ramsar Township. Bachelor’s Final Project submitted to University of Tehran, Iran.
Talks and Conferences
- 2nd Silk Cities International Conference “Reconnect Population to Urban Heritage in the Middle East & Central Asia” | 11-13 July 2017 | London, UK
- 3rd International Conference on “Changing Cities: Spatial, Design, Landscape & Socio-economic Dimensions” | 26-30 June 2017 | Syros Island, Greece
- International Conference “Unsettled: urban routines, temporalities and contestations” | 29-31 March 2017 | Vienna, Austria
- Third PhD Colloquium of “Mahalle Meets Stadtquartier: Berlin-Rabat-Tehran-Istanbul” | 23-30 September 2016 | Tehran, Iran
- ACHS 2016 Montreal – 3rd Biennial Conference of Association of Critical Heritage Studies – “What does heritage change?” | 3-8 June 2016 | Montreal, Canada
- SBE 16 Hamburg – International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment – “strategies, stakeholders, success factors” | 7-11 March 2016 | Hamburg, Germany
- 10th Annual Conference of the International Academic Association for Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR) – “Land as a Scarce Resource” | 15-19 February 2016 | Bern, Switzerland
- Second PhD Colloquium of “Mahalle Meets Stadtquartier: Berlin-Rabat-Tehran-Istanbul” | 1-8 November 2015 | Rabat, Morocco
- AESOP YA IX conference “Differences and Connections: Beyond Universal Theories in Planning, Urban, and Heritage Studies” | 23-26 March 2015 | Palermo, Italy
- 18th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium “Heritage and Landscape as Human Values” | 9-14 November 2014 | Florence, Italy
- International Symposium CAUMME II “Architectural and Urban Research, Education, and Practice in the Era of ‘Post-Professionalism’” | 23-25 October 2014 | Girne, Cyprus
- First PhD Colloquium of “Mahalle Meets Stadtquartier: Berlin-Rabat-Tehran-Istanbul” | 21-29 September 2014 | Istanbul, Turkey
- AESOP Annual Congress “From Control to Co-Evolution” | 9-12 July 2014 | Utrecht, the Netherlands
- International Conference “Innovate Heritage: Conversations between Arts and Heritage” | 6-8 June 2014 | Berlin, Germany
- Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS)
- International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR)
- AESOP Thematic Group on Public Spaces and Urban Cultures
- AESOP Young Academics Network
- Licensed Architectural Engineer at Tehran Construction Engineering Organization (TCEO)
- Urban Designers’ Society of Iran
- Iranian Architects’ Council
- Iranian Young Architects Society