Dr. Ehsan Ahmadi

  • Discipline:

    Architecture and Urbanism

  • University:

    University of Teheran

  • Country:


Biography: Dr. Ehsan Ahmadi is an Assistant Professor of Urban Design at the School of Architecture, University of Tehran, in Iran. He was previously a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Land Use Planning and Urban Studies (YTK) at Aalto University, Finland. While there Dr. Ahmadi, took part in two projects: urban safety of Espoo city centre and a comparative study of child-friendliness of Helsinki and Tokyo metropolitan areas founded by the Academy of Finland. He holds an MSc in Architectural Engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran, and a Ph.D. in Community Planning from Nagoya University, Japan. His research focuses on environmental psychology, participatory urban design, and sustainability, with a particular interest in Child-Friendly Cities. He has taught several courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including Environmental Psychology, Urban Design Methods and Techniques, Urban Design Studio on Revitalization and Regeneration, and Urban Design Studio on Sustainability and Energy.

Selected Publications:

    • Wallin S., Horelli L., and Saad-Sulonen J. (2010). Digital Tools in Participatory Urban Planning (E. Ahmadi and M. Nourani, Persian Trans. 2020). In Press.
    • Children as urbanites: mapping the affordances and behavior settings of urban environments for Finnish and Japanese children. Children’s Geographies, March 2018. DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2018.1453923.
    • Perceived safety of the retrofit neighborhood: a location-based approach. URBAN DESIGN International, December 2013. DOI: 10.1057/udi.2013.31.
    • Influential Factors on Children’s Spatial Knowledge and Mobility in Home-School Travel – A Case Study in the City of Tehran. Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering (JAABE), Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 275-282. November 2007.
    • From urban art tourism to urban social sustainability. 1st International Conference on Communication and Art Tourism, Tehran, January 2016.
    • Rethinking perceived safety in the context of neighborhood planning: Lessons learnt from a place-based case study research, A Speech at School of Urban Engineering, The University of Tokyo, October 2012.
    • An Evaluation of the Influence of Gasoline Rationing Plan on Mobility Pattern in Tehran. 8th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, Zurich, September 2009.
    • An Evaluation of a Home-Zone Development in terms of Children’s Freedom of Movement. Annual Conference of Architectural Institute of Japan, Hiroshima, September 2008.
    • The School Journey: Towards a Socialising Institution – A Case Study in Tehran. Open Space People Space (An International Conference on Innovative Approaches to Research Excellence in Landscape and Health), Edinburgh, September 2007.
    • Traffic and Stranger Danger as Determinants of Home-School Travel Mode. 7th International Conference on Eco-Balance, Tsukuba, November 2006.

Areas of Expertise:

• Child-Friendly Environments
• Participatory Urban Design
• Environmental Perception and Cognition
• Social Sustainability

Current Position(s):

  • Since 2019 – Assistant Professor of Urban Design at the School of Architecture, University of Tehran, Iran
  • Since 2016 – Head of Architecture and Urbanism Department at the Organization for Researching and Composing University Textbooks in the Humanities (SAMT), Iran

Past Position(s)

  • 2015 – 2019: Assistant Professor of Urban Design at the School of Urban Planning, University of Tehran, Iran
  • 2011 – 2013: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Land Use Planning and Urban Studies Group (TYK) at Aalto University, Finland

Prizes & Awards:

  • Postdoctoral Research Fund from Academy of Finland, Jan. 2011 to Dec. 2012
  • Monbukagakusho Scholarship for Doctoral Course from Japanese Government, Oct. 2002 to Mar. 2006
  • Scholarship for Bergen Summer Research School from University of Bergen, Norway, July 2009