Dr Fatemeh Farnaz Arefian

Lecturer (Construction Management) / Program Coordinator
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment / School of Architecture and Built Environment

Biography

Farnaz holds an interdisciplinary PhD in development planning from the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL, UK and has a background in urban design, architecture and strategic management. She enjoys a combined 25 years of experience in academia and consultancy practice in South East Asia, UK and the Middle East, successfully delivering various international researches and professional projects on reconstruction and urban resilience, urban design and development. Joining UONS in mid-2018, Farnaz is the programme coordinator for the construction management programme in Singapore and lectures on research in the built environment and construction ecology. She has published numerous peer-reviewed books, papers and book chapters, as well as professional articles, including the book ‘Organising Post-Disaster ReconstructionProcesses’ and ‘Urban Change in Iran’ published by Springer.

Farnaz’s first-hand professional works in a ‘post-disaster’ situation motivated her to return to academia. Coming from private-sector she led her own consultancy firm for delivering various urban projects, reconstruction. Her experience in post-disaster participatory reconstruction of the historic city of Bam has been featured as a good practice in the Guidance for Humanitarian Organisations: the Built Environment Professions in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response published by Westminster University, UK, available from www.rics.org/dmguide. Her interdisciplinary doctoral research brings together organisational studies and reconstruction studies towards organising post-disaster urban reconstruction activities. She is passionate to bridge the gap between practice and academia through impact-oriented activities and knowledge exchange, and is the founder of ‘Silk Cities’, an independent bottom-up and collaborative initiative for knowledge exchange on contemporary challenges of cities along the historic trade routes.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. Development Planning
    • Research title: Organisational Design and Management for Post-Disaster Reconstruction Programmes, case study: Bam
  • Strategic Management and Leadership
  • Prince 2 Project Management
  • MSc. Town Planning & Urban Design
  • Dip. Architecture

Specialisation

  • Disaster management and resilience
  • Urban design and development
  • The application of strategic management for delivering
  • Evaluating the built environment projects/programmes

Research Areas

  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Urban reconstruction
  • Urban resilience
  • Participatory reconstruction
  • Strategic management and organisational configuration for delivering urban development projects
  • Sustainable urban design
  • Sustainable urban heritage in the context of smart cities and contextual urban challenges

Her current research examines operational linkages between reconstruction, heritage preservation and urban processes in aftermath of disasters, Case Studies: Philippines and Vietnam.

Peer-Reviewed Books

YearCitation
2019Arefian F. and Moeini S.H.I. (Eds), Urban Heritage along the Silk Roads (in the production process by Springer)
2018Arefian, F. Organising Post-Disaster Housing Reconstruction, Springer 
2016Arefian F.F.and Moeini S.H.I. (Eds), Urban Change in Iran, Springer

Peer-Reviewed Papers

YearCitation

2019

Arefian, F., Patrizio Gunning, L., Cross-Examination of Post-Disaster Housing Reconstruction in Two Historic Landscapes of L'Aquila and Bam (submitted to academic journal)

2017

Fayazi, M., Arefian, F. Lizarralde,G., Gharaati, M., Johnson, C., and Davidson, C., 2017.Institutional Fragmentation in Post-disaster Reconstruction: The Case of Bam, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Elsevier, pp. 340 - 349

2013

Johnson, C., Adelekan, I., Bosher, L., Arefian, F. Jabeen, H., Kataria, S., Marome, W.A. and Zerjav, B., 2012,Private Sector Investment Decisions in Building and Construction: Increasing, Managing and Transferring Risks, Geneva, UNISDR (a Background paper for the Global Assessment Report – GAR 2013)
2010 Arefian, F., 2010, Co-operative Strategic Management Knowledge and Inter-boundary Collaboration in Post-Disaster Reconstruction, (proceeded for CIB World Congress, Salford

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

YearCitation

2019

Arefian, F. F., 2019 Introduction, in: Arefian F. and Moeini S.H.I. (Eds), 2019, Urban Heritage in the along the Silk Roads (in the production process by Springer)

2016

Arefian, F.F., 2016 Getting Ready for Urban Reconstruction: Organising Housing Reconstruction in Bam, in: Arefian F.F. and Moeini S.H.I. (Eds), Urban Change in Iran, Springer, pp. 231 - 248

2016

Arefian, F. F., 2016 Introduction, in: Arefian F.F. and Moeini S.H.I. (Eds), Urban Change in Iran, Springer, pp. 1 - 6
2004 Arefian, F., 2004, Introduction of Strategic and Place-Making Approach, in: The Periodic Book of New-Towns, Housing & Urbanism Ministry of Iran
2004 Arefian, F., 2004, The Role of Urban Design in Different Scopes of Planning Programmes in New-Towns’ Formation, in: The Periodic Book of New-Towns, Housing & Urbanism Ministry of Iran

Research Roadmap

YearCitation

2016

Bosher, L., Von Meding, J., Johnson, C., Arefian, F., Chmutina, K., Chang-Richards, Y Disasters and the Built Environment, Research Roadmap Summary, 2016, CIB General Secretariat , available from www.site.cibworld.nl/dl/publications/Publ%20410.pdf

2006

Arefian, F., 2006, Optimizing System Information Management Methods, The Ministry of Planning and Budget, Iran (for and on behalf of the Coordination Council of Engineering and Construction Industry – in Persian)

Professional Publications

YearCitation

2018

Arefian, F.,2018, A Contextual Approach to Reconnect People and Urban Heritage, Interplan, American Planning Association, US (invited author)

2017

Ryser, J. Arefian, F., 2017, Urban Design as Tool to Reconnect People with Their Urban Heritage,Urban Design Quarterly, Special Topic: Conservation and Urban Design, Issue 144 Autumn 2017, UK, pp. 19-22 (invited co-author)
2013 Arefian, F., 2013, Women and a Profession in Architecture and The Built Environment, Art and Architecture, Issue 113 (invited author)
2012 Arefian, F., Adibzadeh, B., Divsalar, S., 2012, Trends of Urban Design in Iran, Urban Design Quarterly, Special Topic: Urban Design in the Middle East, Issue 124 Autumn 2012, London, pp. 22-25
2008 Arefian, F., 2008, The Role of Town Planners in Post-Disaster Reconstruction, (invited contributor for the background paper to prepare the Guidance for Humanitarian Organisations: the Built Environment Professions in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response, Max Lock Centre, University of Westminster, available from www.rics.org/dmguide
2006 Arefian, F., 2006, An Analytical Approach Towards Understanding the Reconstruction Action Model of Bam, Shahr o Sakhteman (City and Building) specialist magazine

Conference

Knowledge Exchange & Public Engagement
YearCitation
2019 Co-Convenor for the international Conference Silk Cities 2019, Reconstruction, Recovery and Resilience of Historic Cities and Societies, 10-12, July 2019, L’Aquila, Italy
2017 Convenor for the international Conference Silk Cities 2017, Reconnect Population with Urban Heritage in the Middle East and Central Asia, 11-13, July 2017, UCL (a joint-project between the Bartlett DPU and Silk Cities)
2016 Organiser and academic chair of the specialist panel discussion on Heritage and Disasters, held at UCL on 9th March 2016
2016 Exhibiting of Silk Cities activities to students at IRDR Forum, held on 2nd March 2016, UCL
2015 Silk Cities Knowledge Exchange Workshop, held at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL on 29th October 2015, UK, Geographic coverage: Silk Roads cities
2015 Exhibiting of Silk Cities activities to students at IRDR Forum
2014 Organiser and academic chair of the specialist panel discussion on Middle Eastern Cities and Isfahan School of Urban Design, at The 21st International Seminar on Urban Form, ISUF 2014, 2-6 July 2014, University of Porto, Portugal
2013 Urban change Workshop, 7 Jan. 2013, hosted by The Centre of Excellence for Urban Design, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran (a joint-project with The Society of Urban Designers and Tehran's Construction Engineering Organisation)
2012 Initiator and principal organiser, International Conference: Urban Change in Iran, held on 8-9 Nov. 2012, hosted by DPU, UCL. The Conference was branded as a landmark academic event and received special attention from the UNESCO Director General, Ms Irina Bokova, who commended UCL for hosting it, while emphasising the role of cultural heritage in sustainable development
2012 Exhibitor of professional practices and historic maps, and academic poster display, held in parallel to the Conference Urban Change in Iran, 8-9 November 2012
2009 Exhibitor at ‘Know How Now Forum and Fair’ on disasters and the built environment, organised by Engineers without Borders, held at ‘ice’ (Institute of Civil Engineers), London
Invited Presentations (Conferences & Workshops)
YearCitation
2017 Post-Disaster Urban Planning and Management: Opportunities and Limitations, Urban planning and civic design conference, 18 Nov. 2017, Iran Heritage Foundation, IHF, UK
2016 Heritage and Disasters, expert panel discussion,9 March 2016, Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, UCL, UK
2015 Exploring Potentials and Limitations of Linking Reconstruction Processes to Urban Governance Processes, 7th International i-Rec Conference and Student Competition, Reconstruction and Recovery in Urban Contexts, held on July 6-8, 2015, UK
2014 Disaster Risk Reduction within Urban Reconstruction: Top-down or Bottom-up Approach? UK-China Global Development Partnership; Experience and Lessons Learned from Earthquakes Workshop, 24-26 Sept.2014, China (representing the UK academic community on disaster risk reduction discourse)
2014 Women’s Role in Disaster Risk Reduction, UCL- IRDR Fourth Annual Conference, 18th June 2014, UCL, UK
2013 Organising Housing ‘Re-Construction + X’, UK Shelter Forum, PechaKucha 2013 (20 * 20 format)
2013 Urban Design in the Middle East, presented at Urban Design Group Seminar, February 2013, UK
2012 Vulnerability in Iranian Cities, Expert Panel Discussion at the International Conference, Urban Change in Iran, 8-9 November 2012,UCL, UK
2012 Learning Lessons from Post-Disaster Reconstruction to Improve Safe Construction in Normal Situations, IRDR Second Annual Conference 2012, UCL, UK

Research Grants Obtained (since joining UONS)

YearGrantValue
2019 UONS research grant 2019 S$15,000
2017 The Bartlett DPU, UCL, grant for the Conference Silk Cities 2017 S$28,000 (Converted from GBP)
2015 UCL Life Learning Investment Fund grant for short course curriculum development on risk, resilience and reconstruction S$28,000 (Converted from GBP)
2014 The Bartlett DPU PhD grant S$9,000 (Converted from GBP)
2012 Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin) grant for the Conference Urban Change in Iran S$20,000 (Converted from GBP)
2012 IRDR grant for the Conference, Urban Change in Iran S$7,000 (Converted from GBP)
2009 Guidance for Humanitarian Organisations: The Built Environment Professions Disaster Risk Reduction and Response, Max Lock Centre, University of Westminster, available at http://www.rics.org/dmguide 
2006 Honar o Me’mari (Art and Architecture), No.27, selected project: Urban Design in the Reconstruction of Bam  

Research & Professional Consultancy Projects

Academic Research
  • The Examination of Operational Linkages Between Reconstruction, Heritage Preservation And Urban Processes in Aftermath of Disasters, Case Studies: Philippines and Vietnam (chief investigator- in progress)
  • Humanitarian Evidence Programme: Impacts of Different Shelter and Settlement Strategies in the Immediate Aftermath of and Recovery Period following Humanitarian Emergencies, UK (with Twigg, J., Maynard, V., Parker, E., and Sharma, A.- (regional researcher on the Middle East)
  • CIB-UNISDR Research Roadmap, on behalf of the CIB World and UN Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction, dedicated to Disasters and the Built Environment, W120/TG63
  • Cultural Heritage and Disasters in the Middle East for British Council Cultural Protection Fund
  • Elements and Factors Influencing Townscape of Iranian Cities, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Tehran. A multidisciplinary research team, and delivering a comprehensive research in Shahid Beheshti University commissioned by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Iran
  • Analyses of Urban Morphology and the Linear Pattern of Housing, Shahid Beheshti University
Professional Consultancy & Applied Research
  • Housing Development Policy Analysis and Feasibility Studies, clients: private sector, UK
  • Post-Disaster Housing Reconstruction Programme, Bam, Iran (2,100 houses, participatory post-disaster reconstruction programme) – Awarded project), client: Housing Foundation of Islamic Revolution
  • Post-Disaster Streetscape Urban Design Framework, Bam, Iran (3,800meters, Bam, Participatory post-disaster reconstruction programme– Awarded project), client: Housing Foundation of Islamic Revolution and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
  • Housing Development Planning, clients: private sector, UK
  • Post-Disaster Reconstruction of Commercial Units, Bam, Iran (350 shops, participatory post-disaster reconstruction programme– Awarded project), client: Housing Foundation of Islamic Revolution
  • Detailed Masterplanning of Binalood (2,100 hectares), client: Binalood New-Town Corporation
  • Urban Design Strategic Framework of Shirin-Shahr (1,008 hectares), client: Shirin-Shahr Newt-Town Corporation
  • Streetscape Urban Design in Historic City Centre, Sari (1,500 m), client: Housing and Urban Development Organisation of Mazandaran Province
  • Mixed-used and Affordable Housing Development, (794 flats and amenities, Tehran), client: Housing Foundation of Islamic Revolution
  • Riverside Urban Design and Development, (design guideline for 2,000 meters, development brief for 500 meters, Zirab), client: Housing and Urban Development Organisation of Mazandaran Province
  • Feasibility Study and Conceptual Planning of Urban Development in Parand (470 hectares), client: Parand New-Town Corporation
  • Detailed Master planning and Revision of the Existing Master plan of Aalishahr (540 hectares, client: Aalishahr New-Town Corporation (This project introduced a place-making approach towards new-town formation in Iran and was selected as best practice by the National New-Towns Development Corporation)
  • Affordable Houses, Dailam Port (200 units) Housing and Urban Development Organisation of Bushehr Province