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Neda Abbasi

PhD, MArch
Lecturer in Built Environment
School of Engineering and Technology
(02) 9324 5021
About Me

Neda is a Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Technology, CQ University, Sydney Branch. She comes from an architecture background holding a Master of Architectural Engineering from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran, Iran, and has worked as a Research Fellow and Project Manager for five years, in the School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University. Her research interest focuses on architecture, design and construction pedagogy and spaces and places of learning and teaching i.e. planning, design and post occupancy evaluation of educational environments. Following a Master thesis and project titled “The Youth House” which explored adolescents' psychological needs and preferences for different natural and built environments, she conducted a PhD research in the University of Melbourne titled “Pathways to Better Personal and Social Life through Learning Spaces” which examined contributions of school design to adolescent identity formation. She was involved in the development of a Tool for Evaluation of Academic Library Spaces (TEALS) and has been conducting evaluation of academic library spaces since 2011 i.e. evaluation of Deakin University library at Burwood Campus (2011), University of Queensland libraries at St Lucia Campus (2012-2013) and University of Canberra library (2015). She has worked as the project manager and/or researcher on a number of OLT-funded projects i.e. Teaching and Assessing Team Learning in Architecture and Design-related Contexts (2011-2014), Global Canopy (2014-2016), and Building Resilience in Construction Graduates (2015-2016).

Universities Studied At

Master of Architectural Engineering

The University of Tehran, Iran

Faculty of Fine Arts, June 1998 - June 2005

Thesis: ‘The Youth House: A Cultural and Recreation Centre for Enriching Adolescents’ and Youth’s Leisure Time’: The research part of the project involved a literature review and fieldwork examining young people’s personal and social needs, interests and characteristics and preferences for leisure activities and their implications for built-environment design.

Doctor of Philosophy

The University of Melbourne, Australia

Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, July 2006 - December 2009

Thesis: ‘Pathways to a Better Personal and Social life through Learning Spaces: The Role of School Design in Adolescents’ Identity Formation’: The research involved the literature review and fieldwork composed of examination of seven secondary schools in Australia through focused interviews with school principals, educators, architects and educational planners.

Previous teaching

Islamic Azad University & SAMA Technical & Professional Institution of Islamic Azad University, Iran (2006):

· The Use of Materials in Architecture

· Construction Technology 1

· Design Communication & Perception

· Architectural Design Studio 1 & 2

· Islamic Architecture in Persia

· Introduction to the World Architecture

· Principles of Sustainable Architecture

· Introduction to Architectural Theories

University of Melbourne, School of Architecture, Building and Planning (2007-2009):

· European Architecture 1A

· Construction Technology 1B

· Design Communication

Deakin University, School of Architecture and Built Environment (2016): Strategic Construction Procurement

University of Melbourne, School of Architecture, Building and Planning (2012-2015): Human Environment Relations

Computer Software




Consultancy Work

Evaluation of University of Canberra Library Spaces, 2015

Evaluation of University of Queensland Library Spaces, 2013

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Building
  • Architecture
  • Design Practice and Management

At the level of Associate Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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