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About Amir Hajrasouliha

Amir Hajrasouliha is an assistant professor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He holds a Ph.D. in Metropolitan Planning, Policy, and Design from the University of Utah, a Master’s in Urban Design from the University of Michigan, a Master’s in Urbanism from the University of Tehran, and a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Shahid Beheshti University, Iran. He is a licensed architect in Iran, and from 2004 to 2010, he worked for several Iranian architectural and urban planning firms. In 2011, He was a member of the University of Michigan 1st place ULI Hines urban design competition. From 2012 to 2015, he was an adjunct lecturer in urban design at the University of Utah. At Cal Poly, he teaches urban design related courses such as Urban Design Studio, Community Design Methods, Urban Design Visualization and GIS. His research areas include Urban Design, Campus Planning, Environmental Psychology, Placemaking and Placemarketing strategies. He has published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Landscape and Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Urban Geography, Urban Design international, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, and Planning for Higher Education. 


September 2016 Present Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Department of City and Regional Planning
September 2015June 2016 Lecturer, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Department of City and Regional Planning

Curriculum Vitae


  • CRP 553 Project Planning and Design Studio
  • CRP 512 Introduction to Visual Communication and GIS
  • CRP 452 Community Design Methods
  • CRP 202 Urban Design Studio II
  • CRP 202 Urban Design Studio I
  • CRP 201 Graphic Skills


20112015 PhD, Urban Planning and Design, The University Of Utah ‐ Department of City and Metropolitan Planning
20102011 MUD, Urban Design, The University Of Michigan ‐ Taubman College
20042007 MA, The University of Tehran ‐ Department of Urbanism
19992004 B.Arch., Architectural Engineering, Shahid Beheshti University ‐ College of Architecture and Urbanism

Research Works (6)