Ph.D. Advisors

Araji, Mohamad T., B.Arch.Eng., M.Arch., Ph.D., OEA, LEED AP
Assistant Professor

Dr. Mohamad T. Araji’s research involves architecture as it relates to building science and technology, sustainable design systems and energy efficiency. The main focus is on low-impact climatically-responsive built environments that showcase an inclusive urban ecosystem to reduce carbon emissions, balance resources consumption, and enhance human health and wellbeing. His discipline posits effective plans for coherent design typologies, building methods and materials performance. The following represents the scope of Dr. Araji’s research:

• Influences of climate and human comfort on design.
• Strategic energy-efficient utilizations in architecture.
• Sustainable passive and active design systems integration.
• High performance optimization for architectural and urban conditions.
• Integrated renewable energy towards yield design optimization to meet net-zero goals.
• Balancing human health and wellbeing in architecture.
• Sustainable materials involving assessment factors of greater design flexibility and adaptability, reduced maintenance, carbon footprint, minimal emissions, low toxicity or nontoxic material, reduced manufacturing energy, reduced packaging and transportation waste, resource efficient materials, recyclability and recycled content, local/regional sourcing, affordability and economically sustainable.
• Computational fluids dynamic and inclusion of air purification in office environments.
• Data visualization.
• Other: notion of the integrated design process, dayligtying design, Radiance-Matlab visualization, and transitional spaces.

Part of Dr. Araji’s interest is parametric modeling to optimize design methodology for life expectancy and urban density and to analyze design impact on the production of excess carbon dioxide relevant to the architectural urban conditions, covering: built environment morphologies; emergent building methods; energy, water, and waste systems; transit and connectivity plans; smart infrastructures; and community engagement programs.

I am only interested in PhD applicants who have extensive experience in computational and digital tools (involving scripting for parametric design, physics simulation, and form finding optimization). The methods, tools and softwares that an applicant should have expertise in, include: CFD, heat-transfer, and form theories using Matlab, C++, C sharp, Python, Rhino and Grasshopper, Energy+, FloVENT or similar etc.

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