The School of Architecture is very pleased to announce the recent addition of new faculty members to UVA.
Ali Fard will be joining the School of Architecture as an Assistant Professor of Urban Design. Ali is a designer and researcher and the co-founder of the award-winning Op.N (www.op-n.net), a research and design practice at the critical juncture of architecture, landscape, and urban processes. Ali has served on the editorial board of the New Geographies journal since 2013 and co-edited the eighth volume of the journal, NG7: Geographies of Information (2015). His work has been featured in publications such as The Water Index, Bracket, MONU, MAS Context, and PLAT, among others. Ali has held teaching and research positions at the Harvard GSD and University of Waterloo. His current research investigates the operational landscapes of data and the urban/spatial disposition of emerging paradigms of computing. Ali will hold a joint appointment between the Urban and Environmental Planning and Architecture departments and will be a leading contributor to the Next Cities Institute and curricula associated with the Urban Design certificate program and future MUD program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto and a Doctor of Design from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.
Ghazal Jafari will be joining the UVA School of Architecture as an Assistant Professor. Ghazal is a designer, land researcher, urbanist, and a research fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs as well as the Aga Khan Program at Harvard University. With an interdisciplinary and cross-scalar approach to design research and practice, Ghazal’s work is situated at the convergence of infrastructural landscapes and ecologies, territorial studies, and post-anthropocentric approaches to the build environment. Ghazal’s doctoral dissertation titled "Grounding UPS(2018)" is an infrastructural ethnography of a logistics corporation and investigates the corporation’s geospatial and territorial imperatives. Ghazal has recently co-edited New Geographies 09: Posthuman (GSD and Actar, 2017). She holds a Doctor of Design and a Master in Design Studies in Landscape, Urbanism, and Ecology from the Harvard Graduate School of Design; a Master of Urban Design from the University of Toronto; and a Bachelor of Architecture from Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran. Ghazal has worked at a number of design offices in Tehran and Toronto, most recently at Planning Alliance, one of the largest Canadian planning offices working with global mining practices since 1982.
Together, Ali and Ghazal’s research and design practice has investigated diverse and complex territorial networks through projects such as "ARCTIC RESOURCE URBANIZATION: Urbanization Processes of Resource Extraction in the Arctic", "PASSIVE >> PERFORMATIVE: Productive Urban Conduits as Catalysts for Development in Montreal", "PARALLEL NETWORKS: New York’s 6th Borough as a Blue Network", and "INFOSTRUCTURES: New Spatial Typologies for an Emerging Information Economy in Sub-Saharan Africa."
The School of Architecture warmly welcomes Ali and Ghazal to our faculty.