Postgraduate Research Student Profiles

Behnaz Avazpour

Innovative design approach to enhancing water sensitivity in semi-arid urban landscapes of drought-prone cities

"The provision of a secure water supply has been a challenging task for governments globally, particularly in the context of growing urbanisation in semi-arid cities.

With that in mind, this research involves WSUD strategies into water-sensitive urban design that can be applied in semi-arid regions and these strategies combine local knowledge with international experiments.

The work is based on multi-criteria analysis and reconciles these strategies to selected case studies."

PUBLICATIONS:

Book Chapters

  • Karimi R, Avazpour B, Sepasgozar S. (2019), 'The effect of place attachment on educational efficiency in elementary schools', in Future Smart and Sustainable Cities and Infrastructures. In press.
  • Karimi R; Avazpour B; Sepasgozar S, 2019, Effective factors on desirability of private open spaces: A case study of Kuye Nasr residential buildings, Tehran, in Future Smart and Sustainable Cities and Infrastructures. In press.

Journal Articles

  • Avazpour B; Osmond P.; Corkery L, 2019, 'Rehabilitating Dryland River Systems in Arid and Semi-arid Environments Focusing on Water Sensitive Urban Design Approaches', OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, vol. 11, pp. 11 - 20, http://www.ssrn.com/link/OIDA-Intl-Journal-Sustainable-Dev.html
  • Avazpour B, 2017, 'The effect of Landmarks in the Urban Landscape', in the proceeding of the Universal Academic Cluster International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand.

Conference Papers

  • Avazpour B; Osmond P; Corkery L, 2019, 'Transition from private gardens to public space; Applying water management methods of Persian gardens to urban areas', in Proceedings of the CELA conference (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture), Texas, United states.
  • Avazpour B, 2017, 'The effect of Landmarks in the Urban Landscape' in the proceeding of the Universal Academic Cluster International Conference, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Avazpour B, 2017, 'Study of Physical Features Influencing Persian Garden and its Role in Contemporary Art and Architecture', International Journal of Arts & Sciences’ (IJAS) International Conference for Engineering and Technology, Venice.
  • Avazpour B; Osmond P; Corkery L, 2018, 'Water sensitive urban design as a vehicle for preserving cultural heritage; A case study from regional South Australia', in the proceeding of the Australian Regional Development Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Osmond P; Avazpour B, 2017, 'Designing Resilience' in International Open Competition, National University of Singapore. 

Non-Traditional Research Outputs

  • Hawken S; Avazpour B; Harris M; Marzban A, 2019,  'The Impacts of Urban Megaprojects on Water and Sanitation Related Human Rights in Southeast Asia: Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation', Urban Water Resilience Lab UNSW, UNSW Sydney (Report), https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Water/MegaProjects/CSO/HawkenSAva...
  • Avazpour B; Paolini R; Zhang Q; Twomey P; Balatbat M; Ledo Gomis L; Kokogiannakis G; Daly D; Cooper P; Lim B; Farr-Wharton G; Tapsuwan S and Gardner J., 2019, 'EEDMN Co-Benefits of Energy Efficiency Metrics: Initial Report' UoW, UNSW, CSIRO, Australia.
     
TEACHING / RESEARCH ASSISTANT EXPERIENCE

Research Assistant Experience at UNSW

  • 2019: A proposal report on heat-related mortality/morbidity rate, sick live and productivity in Australia – OEH EE co-benefits 
  • 2018-2019: Urban Water Resilience Lab 
  • 2019: Thermal comfort in Australian schools, Sydney
  • 2019: Behavioural analysis of Olds Park and Memorial Square, Hurstville, Sydney
  • 2018-2019: A framework for evaluating the success of Sponge City projects over time

Teaching Experience at UNSW

  • Architecture Design Studio (ARCH 7112)
  • Architecture Design Studio (ARCH 7112)
  • Construction Project Management, Practice Capstone (BLDG 3022)
  • Architectural Environment and Building Services (ARCH 7809)
  • Building Technology (BADP 2014)
  • History of Landscape Architecture (LAND 2122)
  • Landscape design Studio 4 (LAND 2202)
  • Building Services (BLDG 2011)
  • Building Measurement (BLDG 1014)
  • Landscape design Studio 3 (LAND 2201)
  • Building Information Modelling (CODE2170)
  • Landscape Design Communications 2 (LAND 2142)
  • Design Project Management “Vision to Reality” (BEIL 0008)

Other Research Assistant Experience

  • University of Sydney, School of Architecture, Design and Planning (2019): IEQlab. Effects of Perceived Environmental Control Over the Thermal Comfort Sensation
  • University of Sydney, School of Architecture, Design and Planning (2019): IEQlab. Thermal Sensation in Indoor Environment

Other Teaching Experience

  • Tutor at University of Sydney (2019) in Building Technologies (BADP2004)
  • Lecturer at Arman Architecture College, Tehran (2015-1018): Landscape Architecture Design Studio
  • Lecturer at Arman Architecture College, Tehran (2015-1018): Landscape Architecture Design Studio
  • Lecturer at Azad University, Tehran (2013-2014): Architecture Design Studio, Perspective and Geometry
  • Student Consultant at Parseh Institute, Tehra (2009-2010) in entrance exam for Master of Architecture course