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Vahid Vahdat

Vahid Vahdat

Assistant ProfessorArchitecture, Interior DesignDirector, Trimble Technology Lab Carpenter Hall 114 PO Box 642220

Vahid Vahdat is an assistant professor of architecture and interior design at WSU’s School of Design and Construction. His primary field of research is spatial mediation, with an emphasis on virtual reality and film. He is the author of “Occidentalist Perceptions of European Architecture in Nineteenth Century Persian Travel Diaries—Travels in Farangi Space.” The book has been commended by reviewers for its “compelling and convincing interpretations […] grounded in archival and architectural evidence.”

Dr. Vahdat’s interest in the agency of architectural media extends to his studios, where he takes advantage of the freedom and abstraction that virtual reality offers to encourage utopian speculations of space. His upcoming edited volume, Virtual Interiorities (ETC Press, 2022), addresses how virtual media historically frame, filter, and manipulate our perception of the built environment.

He is also co-editing a volume titled Spatio-Cinematic Betwixt (Intellect, 2023), which investigates the filmic imagination/representation of architectural in-betweenness as well as the in-between spaces within the inherent architectural structure of filmic expression.

Dr. Vahdat has held academic positions in the US and abroad, including at the University of Houston and Texas A&M University. He joined the SDC faculty at Washington State University in 2019. He is the director of WSU’s Trimble Technology Lab.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture, Texas A&M University.

Master of Urban Design, University of Tehran.

Bachelor of Architecture, Yazd University.