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M. Arch. Dr.-Ing. M. Reza Shirazi


Research Interests

Sustainable urban form, Socio-cultural sustainability, Citizen participation, Theory of city and architecture, Phenomenology of the built environment, Architectural and urban transformation of the MENA cities



2005–2009; Dr.-Ing., LS Theorie der Architektur, Brandenburgische Technische Universität - BTU Cottbus, Germany.

1993–2000; M. Arch. in Architecture and Urban Planning, Iran University of Science and Technology (I.U.S.T), Tehran, Iran.


Teaching and Academic Experience

2012 onwards; Guest Lecturer, Urban Management Master Program

August-September 2012; Research Associate, nexus Institut für Kooperationsmanagement und interdisziplinäre Forschung, Berlin.

January-July 2012; Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, TU Berlin.

March-August 2011; Academic Visitor, School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape, Newcastle University, United Kingdom.

2010–2011; Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Department of Urban and Regional Planning. TUBerlin.

2010-2011; Guest Lecturer, Urban Design Master Program, TU Berlin.

October-December 2009; Academic Assistant (WiMi), LS Theorie der Architektur, Brandenburgischen Technischen Universität, BTU Cottbus, Germany.

2007–2009; Teaching and Research Assistant, LS Theorie der Architektur, Brandenburgischen Technischen Universität, BTU Cottbus, Germany.

2001-2005; Lecturer, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Art University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran.

2000-2001; Lecturer, Department of Architecture and Urbanism, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran.



Books and Book Sections (selective, more recent)

Shirazi, M. Reza (in press: 2013) Towards an Articulated Phenomenological Interpretation of Architecture: Phenomenal Phenomenology, London, Routledge.

Shirazi, M. Reza (in press: 2013) New Towns- Promises Towards Sustainable Urban Form,

From “Shushtar-No” to “Shahre Javan Community”, Young Cities Research Paper Series, TU Berlin.

Shirazi, M. Reza (in press: 2013) Sustainability and the Hegemony of Technique, Towards a new approach to cultural sustainability. In: Madlo, Gabriela (ed.) Environmental Justice, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Dienel, Hans-Liudger; Shirazi, M. Reza; Schröder, Sabine; Schmithals, Jenny (eds.) (in press: 2013) Citizens’ Participation in Urban Planning and Development in Iran; Challenges and Opportunities, Ashgate.

Shirazi, M. Reza (in press, 2013) Orient veneered in Occident; Naserid Tehran in the Eyes of European Travelers. In: Gharipour, M. (ed.) Depictions of the Islamic City: Travel accounts from the Medieval Era to the Modern Age.

 Shirazi, M. Reza (2012) Phenomenology of Space, Phenomenology of Architecture; Architecture of the Senses and the Fragile Phenomenology of Juhani Pallasmaa, (in Farsi/English),Tehran, Rokhdade-No Press.

Shirazi, M. Reza (2011) Glocalizing Sustainability, a theoretical approach towards particularizing and globalizing sustainability. In: Schneider, J., Kasperek, I, & Knab, A. eds. Future Megacities in Balance, Siegburg, pp.250-55.

Keynejad,  M. Ali & Shirazi, M. Reza (2011) The Traditional Houses of Tabriz, Tehran, Academy of Art.

Shirazi, M. Reza (2010) The Fragile phenomenology of Juhani Pallasmaa. In: Embree, Lester &  Copoeru, Ion (eds.) Phenomenology 2010, Phenomenology beyond Philosophy, Vol. 5, Part 2, Zeta Books, pp. 247-258.

Shirazi, M. Reza (2008) Fourfolds of Nagshi-Jahan (in Farsi). In Jannesari, R. (ed.) Isfahan School of Architecture, Tehran, Iran Academy of Art, pp. 483-488.

Shirazi, M. Reza, ed. (2007) Post-Modern Theories in Architecture (in Farsi), Tehran, Nashre-Nei Press.


Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals (selective, more recent)

Shirazi, M. Reza (in print) Sustainable Planning for a Quasi-Urban Region, Necessities and Challenges. The case of Tehran-Karaj, Planning Perspectives, international journal of history, planning and the environment.

Falahat, Somaiyeh & Shirazi, M. Reza (2012) New Urban Development in Safavid Isfahan, Continuity or Disjunction? Planning Perspectives, international journal of history, planning and the environment, 27 (4). 611-624

Shirazi, M. Reza & Falahat, Somaiyeh (2012) Compact Urban From, Question or Solution? Examining Compact City in the Middle Eastern Context, Challenges and Opportunities. International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, 4(2), pp. 246-259.

Shirazi, M. Reza (2012) On Phenomenological Discourse in Architecture, Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology, 23 (3), pp. 11-15.

Shirazi, M. Reza (2011) The Story of ‘One-Storey-ness’, IJAR, International Journal of Architectural Research, 5 (1), pp.160-69.

Shirazi, M. Reza (2011) Norberg-Schulz’s Interpretation of Tadao Ando’s Vitra Conference Center: A Constructive Critique, Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology, 22 (1), pp. 16-19

Shirazi, M. Reza (2010) Phenomenology in Praxis, Armanshahr, International Journal of Architecture and Urbanism, no. 4, pp. 36-42.

Shirazi, M. Reza (2009) The Fragile phenomenology of Juhani Pallasmaa, Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology, 20 (2), pp. 4-8.

Shirazi, M. Reza (2008) ‘Genius Loci’, Phenomenology from Without.  Wolkenkuckucksheim – Cloud- Cuckoo- Land - Vozdushnyi zamok , International Journal of Architectural Theory, 12 (2).

Shirazi, M. Reza (2007) On Space and Language, Wolkenkuckucksheim – Cloud- Cuckoo- Land - Vozdushnyi zamok, International Journal of Architectural Theory, 12 (1).


Editorial Works

2010 – up to now, Co-Editor and Head of the International Cooperation of Armanshahr, International Journal of Architecture and Urban Planning, www.armanshahrmedia.com.

2007– 2009; Co-Editor of WolkenkuckucksheimInternational Journal for Theory of Architecture, BTU Cottbus, www.cloud-cuckoo.net   

2003 – 2005; Co- Editor of the Journal of Architecture & Construction, Tehran, Iran.


Lectures and Presentations (selective, more recent)

08. 11. 2012: “From Utopia to Dystopia. Shushtare-No, Endeavours towards a Paradigmatic Shift”, International Conference Urban Change in Iran, University College London, London.

14.06.2012: “From a Village to an Urban Region, the case of Tehran”, Urban Management Master Program Lecture Series, TU Berlin.

24.11.2011; “Tehran-Karaj Urban Region and the Question of Polycentricity; Transferring, Modeling, or Remodeling”, Randstad Centre for Strategic Spatial Planning and Design, Department of Urbanism, TU Delft, the Netherlands.

29.09.2011; “From Shushtar to Hashtgerd; Two Projects, One Concept, One Destiny?”, Young Cities Project Jour Fixe, TU Berlin.

09.07.2011; “Sustainability and the Hegemony of Technique, Towards a new approach to cultural sustainability”, Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship Conference, 08-10.07.2011, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom.

24.06.2011; “Limits Transgressed, The Formation of Tehran-Karaj Urban Region”, Cities Without Limits, International Conference of the European Urban Research Association, 23-25.06.2011, Copenhagen, Denmark.

07.06.2011; “Shushtar New Town, Vision and Reality”, Forms and Processes of Sustainable Urban Development and Design Conference, BTU Cottbus, Cottbus, Germany.

05.05.2011; “Spatial Defragmentation and Social Appropriation, Notes on Safavid Urban Developments in 17th Century Isfahan”, The City: 2nd International Conference, 05-06.05.2011, Vancouver, Canada.

31.03.2011; "Contemporary Architecture of Iran, A Mosaic Critical Reading”, Iconic Architecture Conference, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.

29.03.2011; “Sustainability Without Pictures, Notes on Sustainable Development”, Ecoweek 2011 International Conference and Workshop, 28.03-02.04.2011, Thessaloniki, Greece.

20.11.2010; “Global Rhetoric, Local Speeches; The Necessity of a Place-Specific Re-Interpretation”, Towards New Architecture Conference, 20-21.11.2010, Tehran.

11-12.10.2010; “Sustainable Critical Regionalism; Challenges and Necessities”, Future Megacities in Balance, Poster Presentation, 11-12 October 2010, Essen, Germany.

10.10.2010; “Glocalizing Sustainability, A Theoretical Approach towards Particularizing and Globalizing Sustainability”, Future Megacities in Balance, Young Researchers’ Symposium on Future Megacities, 9-10 October 2010, Essen, Germany.

14.09.2010; “Between Universalism and Regionalism; Revisiting a Critical Question in the case of Tehran Region”, MENASHDA Colloquium, TU Berlin.

20.07.2010; “To the Cities Themselves, Understanding Middle Eastern Cities Within the Phenomenological Discourse”, World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), 19-24 July 2010, Barcelona, Spain.

21.05.2010; “Contemporary Architecture in Muslim Countries, From Imitation to Re-Interpretation”, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, TU Berlin, Germany.

07.05.2010; “Architecture and City in Muslim World, Structure and Morphology”, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, TU Berlin, Germany.

29.04.2010; “Notes on the Necessity of Cultural Sustainability”, Network Meeting of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 28-30.04.2010, Essen, Germany.

29.06.2009; “Phenomenological Concerns in Ando’s Reflections: Space, Body and Light”, Second International Conference of Phenomenology and Architecture, Kyoto, Japan.

05.05. 2009; “Narrative of Deformation in Traditional Houses and the impact of modernization”, IQSA Conference, Vienna, Austria.



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