Amir is an assistant professor in the City and Regional Planning department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a graduate of the Metropolitan Planning, Policy, and Design PhD Program at the University of Utah in 2015. While at the University of Utah, he was an adjunct lecturer in urban design. He is specialized in campus design, health-oriented design and planning, placemaking and placemarketing. He holds a Master’s degree in Urban Design from the University of Michigan, a Master’s in Urbanism from the University of Tehran, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Shahid Beheshti University. In 2011, he was a member of the University of Michigan 1st place ULI/Hines urban design competition. In 2016, he received the Perry Chapman Prize from the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP) for his research in campus planning. He has published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Landscape and Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Urban Geography, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, and Planning for Higher Education.