2018 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Architecture Awarded to Mona Ghandi

Read more in “Compassionate Spaces” as featured on VCEA website.

Published on Jan 31, 2018

Mona Ghandi is the recipient of the 2018 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Architecture.

The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise were established in 2009 as a complement to the Vilcek Prizes, to encourage and support young immigrants who have already demonstrated exceptional achievements, and who often face significant challenges early in their careers. As with the Vilcek Prizes, the Creative Promise Prizes are awarded annually in biomedical science and in a rotating category of the arts, this year recognizing accomplishments in the field of architecture.

Mona Ghandi is an assistant professor of architecture at Washington State University. Her research focus is based in an emerging field called computational design, a data-driven approach to architecture that aims to make buildings better tailored and more responsive to environmental cues. She has applied this approach in correlation with biofeedback data, aspiring to make buildings more attuned to the psychology of their occupants. By customizing architecture to take into account the wellness of those people who use it, she hopes to make what she calls “compassionate spaces.”

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Born in Iran, Ghandi earned a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Tehran. She worked in private practice in Iran before moving to the US, when she enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, to pursue a Master of Architecture. She has also held teaching positions at the University of California, Berkeley; Ohio University; and San Jose State University. Her work has been published widely and exhibited internationally, including at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012.

For more information about Mona Ghandi and the Vilcek Prizes, please visit http://www.vilcek.org. View the full video via the You Tube icon below:

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Creative Director: Christy Pessagno + Julie Mack
Executive Producer: Brian Cavanaugh + Shinnie Kim + Rick Kinsel
Producer: Billy Mack
Director of Photography: Paul Yee
Additional Camera: Julie Mack
Sound Mixer: Billy Mack
Production Coordinator: Chris Gellein
Editor: Nicole Turney
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Audio Mix: Dan Dzula
Colorist: Colin Travers

Special thanks to: Mona Ghandi and Washington State University.
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