Hassan Ameli is a doctoral student in the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning and research assistant at the Metropolitan Research Center working with Professor Reid Ewing. Hassan grew up in in Tehran, one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. Living there for two decades, he became interested in the architecture and the city’s urban spaces, its challenges, and opportunities.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Isfahan, a historic city of Iran known for its beauty, where he developed his design skills at the academic and professional level. During that time, he also studied people behavior in an urban green corridor in Isfahan later published in Iran’s leading urban design and planning journal. Hassan graduated with M.Arch degree and Urban Design Certificate from the University of Utah School of Architecture + Planning in 2013. During his master’s degree, he studied the impact of urban design qualities on pedestrian activities and walkabily, the results of which was later published in the Journal of Urban Design (Ameli et al. 2015). Immediately following graduation, he was selected to be part of the ChicagoLAB program, an intense summer-long design and research studio collaboration between the University of Utah, SOM, and CannonDesign, to work on an urban design project in Uptown Chicago. He then returned to Salt Lake City to work at Prescott Muir Architects for four years.
After more than seven years of professional experiences in architecture and urban design in Tehran, Isfahan, Chicago, and Salt Lake City, Hassan realized the value of research on improving human experience in cities, and entered the PhD program. Hassan is particularly interested in the urban design, relationship between the built environment and human behavior, active transportation, and polycentric development.