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About Sara Khorshidifard

I am an Iranian architect from Tehran, assistant professor of architecture, and affiliate faculty of the American Culture Studies program at BGSU. My doctorate is in architecture from the Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures program at UWM. My experience ranges from teaching architecture, to public interest design, to integrated project delivery, to historic preservation and urban restoration. In my teaching and practice, I pursue an utmost assimilation of theory with design. I am also an advocate of socially responsive and inclusive architecture. My teaching generates awareness of social issues and striving for new roles for the new generation of architects.
My research focuses on ways of creating resilient cities driven by place-making and enhancing community’s connections to places. I am interested in projects with local impacts and greater capacities for community engagement. My research evaluates a wide range of urban contexts, from already thriving and resilient, to failing, dwindling, paradoxical, congested or forgotten. My research embraces projects that foster community revitalizations through inclusive processes and nurturing people’s relationships with their built environments. 

Positions

Present PhD, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Bowling Green State University Architecture and Environmental Design
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Honors and Awards

  • Leadership and Service Award, Community Design Solutions, UWM, Spring 2012
  • Bob Greenstreet Honorary Award, SARUP, UWM, Fall 2011
  • ARCC Kings Medal for Outstanding Research, Spring 2011
  • Scott Greer Award for Outstanding Research in Urban Studies, UWM, 2010
  • Graduate School Chancellor’s Awards, UWM, three times in: Fall 2007, Fall 2009 & Fall 2010