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Mona Ghandi

Mona Ghandi

Assistant ProfessorArchitectureDirector, Morphogenesis Lab 509-335-5539 Daggy Hall 313 PO Box 642220

Mona Ghandi is an architect, researcher, and educator who graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. She is an assistant professor of architecture and the director of Morphogenesis Lab at Washington State University. She has extensive experience in emerging technologies and their role in advancing innovative design and alternative models of building delivery to improve the quality of life.

Her research focuses on the Architecture of Emotive Intelligence which examines the role of AI, machine learning, robotics, and adaptive architecture in improving sustainability and well-being in buildings. Her research aims to create cyber-physical adaptive spaces that can respond to the user’s physiological and psychological needs based on biological and neurological data in real-time. Her focus is on smart systems that create adaptive and user-oriented spaces using affective computing. Through artificial intelligence, she seeks to create spaces that can learn from the user’s behavioral patterns in real-time, enhance environmental quality, reduce user’s anxiety and depression, and promote more flexible, human-centered designs.

She has taught a wide range of studios and lecture courses focusing on advanced computational technologies, data-driven design, simulation, robotics, Virtual|Augmented reality, digital fabrication, and responsive and adaptive architecture both at the graduate and undergraduate levels at WSU, UC Berkeley, and Ohio University. She has more than twelve years of professional experience ranging over residential, commercial, industrial, urban, and landscape projects working with NADAAA, Emerging Objects, VAV Studio, and MEM Architecture.

Her work has been recognized with several awards, with the last one from the Vilcek Foundation Prize for creative promises in Architecture. This prestigious award is given annually to encourage and support emerging to mid-career immigrant artists and scientists who have demonstrated exceptional achievements early in their careers, which can have lasting contributions to American society. Her work was exhibited in different national and international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale of Architecture, Bellevue Arts Museum, Melbourne Design, Latrobe Regional Gallery Hub, and AIA Spokane Award Gala. Her work has been published in numerous global publications and has also been presented and published in major design national and international conferences. The outcome of her work has been featured in the The New York Times, 1889 Washington Magazine, Architectural Record, The Inlander, and The Spokesman-Review, to name a few