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Mahyar Arefi

Title: Professor, PhD Coordinator
Office: 6106 Daa Addition
Tel: 513-556-0210
Email: mahyar.arefi@uc.edu

Mahyar Arefi received his PhD in planning from the University of Southern California. He also holds Masters degrees in urban design and architecture from Tehran University. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funded Dr. Arefi's doctoral dissertation. Prior to joining the UC School of Planning faculty, Dr. Arefi taught at Cal Poly Pomona, USC and Tehran University, and has received several research awards from the United States and the Middle East. Dr. Arefi has also practiced architecture and urban design for many years, and his research interests include urban design and community development. Dr. Arefi is the recipient of Goody Clancy's 2005 Summer Faculty Fellowship in Boston and Fulbright in Turkey where he explored the concept of placemaking in different contexts. (http://www.daap.uc.edu/general/features/arefi.php). The UN-HABITAT published Dr. Arefi's book "An Asset-based Approach to Community Development" in 2008. Dr. Arefi's recent publications on place and placemaking, community development and the notion of urban resiliency have appeared in Built Environment, Open House International and the Companion to Urban Design (Routledge, 2011).

Education

  • PhD, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1999 (Planning).
  • Master, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran, 1992 (Urban Design).
  • Master, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran, 1987 (Architecture).

Research Information

Research Interests

Urban Design Community Development Place and Non-Place

Research Support

  • (Collaborator), Arefi, Mahyar; Edelman, David, Village of Morrow: Planning Study, Village of Morrow. (Studio Collaboration Agreement), 01/01/2013 to 08/31/2013. Status: Active.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Mahyar Arefi (2013). The structure of visual difference: A comparative case study of Mariemont and Lebanon, Ohio. Urban Design International, 18 (4), 296.
  • Mahyar Arefi (2013). Towards a conceptual framework for urban management: The Iranian experience. City, Culture and Society, 4 (1), 37.
  • Arefi, Mahyar (2011). Rethinking the local knowledge approach to placemaking: Lessons from Turkey. Open House International, 36 (2), 97.
  • Arefi, Mahyar (2011). Order in informal settlements: A case study of Pinar, Istanbul. Built Environment, 37 (1), 42.
  • Mahyar Arefi (1999). Non-Place’ and ‘Placelessness’ as Narratives of Loss: Rethinking the Notion of ‘Place. Journal of Urban Design, 4, 175.
  • Mahyar Arefi and Menelaos Triantafillou (2005). Reflections on the Pedagogy of Place in Planning and Urban Design. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 25, 75.
  • Mahyar Arefi (2004). The Pedagogy of the American City: Revisiting the Concepts of place, Non-place and Placelessness. Urban Design International, 9, 103.
  • Mahyar Arefi (2004). An Asset-Based Approach to Policymaking: Revisiting the History of Urban Planning and Neighborhood Change in Cincinnati’s West End. Cities, 21, 491.
  • Mahyar Arefi (2004). Neighborhood Jump-Starting: Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative. Cityscape, 7, 5.
  • Arefi, Mahyar, Deepika Andavarapu and Albeniz Ezme (2014). “Kemal Ahmet Aru: A Triple Legacy.”. The Turkish Chamber of Architects (Istanbul, Turkey).
  • Andavarapu, Deepika and Mahyar Arefi (2015). “Resilient Slums: The Role of Social Capital.” . Tekton: A Journal of Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, 2 (1), 38-54.
  • Charkhchian, Maryam and Arefi, Mahyar (2015). “Evaluating the Interface between Urban Form and Activity: A Case Study of Azadi Avenue in Tehran". The Journal of Fine Arts: Tarh-o- Namad, 8, 171-196.
  • Hadian, Amirsasan and Arefi, Mahyar (2016). “Metaphor and Analogy and the Discourse of Originality: Five Iranian Case Studies.”. Social Semiotics.
  • Arefi, Mahyar And Firas Al-Douri (2016). Exploring Pedagogical Opportunities between Architecture and Planning: The Case of University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Planning Theory & Practice, 17 (1), 72-92.

Invited Publications

  • Arefi, M., Deepika Andavarapu, & Albeniz Ezme (2014). (In Press). Kemal Ahmet Aru: The Triple Legacies.. The Turkish Chamber of Architects.

Published Books

  • Mahyar Arefi (2014). Deconstructing Placemaking: Needs, Opportunities, and Assets. London: Routledge.
  • Mahyar Arefi (2008). Asset-based Approaches to Community Development. UN-HABITAT.
  • Matturi Venkata, Arefi Mahyar (2014). The Elusive Dubai. Scholars' Press.

Book Chapters

  • Mahyar Arefi (2014). From Wicked Problems to Elusive Planning: Exploring Dubai’s Development Conundrum. In Silva, Elisabete, Patsy Healey, Neil Harris, and Pieter van den Broeck (Eds.), Research Methods in Spatial Planning: A Case-Based Guide to Research Design (pp.235-248). Routledge.
  • Mahyar Arefi (2011). Design for Resilient Cities: Reflections from an Urban Design Studio. In Banerjee and Loukaitou-Sideris (Eds.), Companion to Urban Design (pp.674-686). Routledge.
  • Mahyar Arefi (2003). The Pedagogy of the Fragmented City: Revisiting the Concepts of Place, Nonplace, and Placelessness. In Attilio Petruccioli, Michele Stella, and Giuseppe Strappa (Eds.), The Planned City? (pp.1084). Uniongrafica Corcelli Editrice.

Additional Publications

Review

  • Arefi, Mahyar (2013). “City Rules: How Regulations Affect Urban Form,” . 35 (1). (pp.126-128). Journal of Urban Affairs.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Arefi, Mahyar (2012). Elusive Planning and Dubai Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul.
  • Arefi, Mahyar (2012). Kemal Ahmet Aru: Triple Legacies Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul.
  • Arefi, Mahyar (2014). A Panel on Placemaking KTH (The Royal Institute of Technology), Stockholm.
  • Arefi, Mahyar (2014). Urban management with an emphasis on placemaking Tehran City Council, Tehran, Iran.

Lectures

  • (07-2014). Tehran City Council, Tehran, Iran.
  • (2013). “Guang’an: The View of an American Urban Planner,” . Guang’an, China.
  • (2013). Evaluating the Interface of Form and Land Use: The Case of Azadi Avenue Corridor. The First Conference on Public Space, Art University, Tehran, Iran.
  • (2013). “Morrow Tomorrow". EcoWeek, Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • (2012). “Community Engagement in Planning". University of Cincinnati, College of DAAP.
  • (2012). “Research in Urban Design. University of Cincinnati, College of DAAP.
  • (2011). “Dubai’s Urban Form". University of Cincinnati, College of DAAP.
  • (2011). “On Placemaking". UC Sustainability Lecture Series.
  • (2010). Keynote speaker, “Sustainable Urban Management Conference". Islamic Azad University, UAE.
  • (2010). “Design Methods and Process". Azad University, UAE.
  • (2009). “Research Methods and Placemaking". University of Science and Technology, Iran.
  • (2009). “On Placemaking". University of Sharjah, UAE.
  • (2009). “The Process of Placemaking". The American University of Sharjah, UAE.
  • (2007). “From Boston to Istanbul: Three Approaches to Placemaking". Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • (2003). 10th Iranian Students Seminar in Europe, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
  • (2002). 9th Iranian Students Seminar in Europe, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Honors & Awards

  • Resource Team Member2015. Mayors’ Institute on City Design, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Member, selection panel for the Joint U.S. Dept. of State, UK Dept. of Business, Global Innovation Initiative (GII): The Urbanization Track, 2013 to 2015.
  • Affiliate, Civitas Athenaeum Laboratory, KTH, Sweden2015.
  • “Study Finds Mariemont has Strong Sense of Place"2013. Published in Mariemont Town Crier, November: pp. 14-15, Volume XXXVIII, No. 3, by Frank Raeon. Piece on my article published in Urban Design International (2013) on “The Structure of Visual Difference.”.
  • Fulbright Peer Reviewer for Architecture and City Planning Research/Teaching Proposals, Washington D.C., 2010 to 2013.
  • DAAP Directors’ Choice Award for Graduate Capstone Project: “Morrow Tomorrow,” Village of Morrow, Ohio (co-taught with Professor David Edelman)2013.
  • DAAP Directors’ Choice Award for Graduate Capstone Project: “Constructing Connections: A Collaborative Approach to Campus Community Redevelopment” (Las Vegas) 2012.
  • Certificate of Appreciation: “Sustainable Residential Design Student Competition,” Azad University, UAE, Jury Member2010.
  • Certificate of Appreciation: “Sustainable Urban Management Seminar,” Azad University, UAE2010.
  • Certificate of Appreciation: “International Conference on Urban Management,” Sharif University of Technology, Tehran2010.
  • Award of Excellence, Azad University, UAE Branch2010.
  • UC’s First Haile Fellow, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (Thesis Advisor to LaToya Moore)2009.
  • University of Cincinnati, Darwin T. Turner Faculty Recognition Award2008.
  • Who’s Who in Fine Arts Academia, www.academickeys.com2007.
  • “A Sense of Place.” The Cincinnati Enquirer, Sunday, November 4 Op-ed. Margaret A. McGurk, A1-A11 (Interview with experts in the field)2007.
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey , 2006 to 2007.
  • 2005. Summer Faculty Fellow, Goody Clancy Architects and Planners, Boston, MA2005.
  • Planning Faculty Wins Fellowship. http://www.daap.uc.edu/general/features/arefi.php2005.
  • “A New Community by Design,” Challenger NKY, ChallengerNKY.com: A Voice for Northern Kentucky -- Community Vision. Sunday, October 30. Vicki Prichard. challengernky.com/articles/2005/10/31/community_vision/doc436263ce6dfb5564579615.txt 2005.
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Eastside Neighborhood Association, Covington, Kentucky2005.
  • 2004. University of Cincinnati Future of Learning: Addressing Issues of Diversity Project Award2004.
  • Certificate of Gratitude, “Building on a Community’s Vision,” Joint EC-US Meta University Workshop, University of Cincinnati School of Planning2004.
  • Certificate of Gratitude, “Building on a Community’s Vision,” Joint EC-US Meta University Workshop, University of Cincinnati School of Planning2004.
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Government of Sharjah. The Seventh Sharjah Urban Planning Symposium (SUPS 7)2004.
  • Diploma of Honor, Cultural and Artistic Bureau of Tehran Municipality2002.
  • Diploma of Honor, Municipality of Hersonissos, Crete, Greece2000.
  • Best Teaching Assistant Award, University of Southern California1997.
  • Presentation Award, 8th Geophysics Conference, Tehran University1993.
  • Second prizewinner, Design Competition, City of Gonbad Qabous, Iran1992.
  • Suma Cum laude. MUD and M. Arch. Tehran University1992.
  • Book Award, The 8th International Festival of Research and Innovation, Tehran Urban Planning & Research Center, 2015.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2013 to 2013, Visiting Professor, American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
  • 2009 to 2011, Associate Professor, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
  • 2006 to 2007, Fulbright Visiting Professor, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 1999 to 2005, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati.
  • 2005 to 2013, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati.
  • 2014 to Present, Professor, School of Planning, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

Post Graduate training and Education

  • , Summer Seminar in Fiscal Dimensions of Planning, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, MA.

Service

  • University of Cincinnati PhD Coordinator, School of Planning, 2015 to Present
  • University of Cincinnati Member, Research Mentoring Program Task Force , 2015 to Present
  • University of Cincinnati Member, School of Planning RPT Committee , 2011 to 2012
  • University of Cincinnati Member PhD Planning Reorganization Task Force, 2012 to 2013
  • University of Cincinnati Member, School of Planning Director Search Committee, to 2011
  • University of Cincinnati Co-Chair, School of Planning Director Evaluation Committee (Appointed by Dean), to 2009
  • University of Cincinnati Committee Member, Graduate Curriculum Evaluation, to 2009
  • University of Cincinnati Member, Revision of MCP Curriculum Committee (quarter to semester transition), to 2008
  • University of Cincinnati Member, land use search committee, to 2008
  • University of Cincinnati Member, Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure (RPT) Committee , to 2007
  • University of Cincinnati Land Use Faculty Search Committee, to 2006
  • University of Cincinnati Member, PhD Committee, to 2005
  • University of Cincinnati Student Admission Committee, to 2004
  • University of Cincinnati Faculty advisor to transfer students, to 2004
  • University of Cincinnati Design and implementation of the student and faculty display, School of Planning, Planning Accreditation Board, to 2003
  • University of Cincinnati Academic advisor, second year undergraduate students, 2001 to 2003
  • University of Cincinnati Member RPT Committee, 2001, 2004,
  • University of Cincinnati Land use and comprehensive planning faculty search committee, to 2000
  • University of Cincinnati Environmental planning faculty search committee, to 2000
  • University of Cincinnati Member, Teaching Expectations Committee, College of Architecture, Art and Design, American University of Sharjah, 2013 to 2014
  • University of Cincinnati Member, College of DAAP, Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure (RPT) Committee, 2012 to 2013
  • University of Cincinnati Member, Signage Committee, DAAP, 2011 to Present
  • University of Sharjah College of Engineering, Teaching and Learning Committee, 2010 to 2011
  • Qassim University, Saudi Arabia International Advisory Board Member, to 2010
  • University of Sharjah Assistant to Chair, Department of Architectural Engineering, 2009 to 2010
  • University of Sharjah Faculty and Student Award Committee, to 2010
  • University of Sharjah Chair, Accreditation Committee, Department of Architectural Engineering, 2009 to 2010
  • University of Sharjah College of Engineering Promotion Committee, 2009 to 2010
  • University of Sharjah College of Engineering Council member, 2009 to 2010
  • Chair, College RPT (Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure) Committee, 2008 to 2009
  • Exhibit Committee, to 2008
  • College By-laws Committee, to 2008
  • DAAP 10 Anniversary Committee, to 2006
  • Grievance Committee, to 2004
  • Curriculum Committee, 2004 to 2006
  • University of Cincinnati DAAP Public Art and Exhibition Committee , 2002 to Present
  • University of Cincinnati DAAP Faculty Awards Selection Committee, to 2002
  • University of Cincinnati Member, UC International ProPel Committee (Professional Practice), 2015 to Present
  • University of Cincinnati Member, UC Middle East and North Africa Strategy Group, to 2014
  • University of Cincinnati Member, University of Cincinnati Faculty Senate, 2014 to 2016
  • University of Cincinnati UC Center for First Year Experience and Learning Communities, to 2006
  • University of Cincinnati Academic Affairs Committee, 2004 to 2005
  • University of Cincinnati Faculty Assessor, Cincinnatus Scholarship Competition, to 2005
  • University of Cincinnati Faculty Assessor, Cincinnatus Scholarship Competition, to 2004
  • Morrow Tomorrow. A Report Submitted to Mayor Erwin, to 2013
  • Pleasant Ridge Comprehensive Plan Project, to 2012
  • Erlanger, Elsmere (Kentucky) Transportation Corridor Project, to 2008
  • Collaboration with www.irhine.com, a web-based community service publication on Over-The-Rhine, to 2004
  • Community Compass. Hamilton County, Ohio 2030 Plan and Implementation Framework, to 2004
  • Avondale Community Comprehensive Plan, to 2004
  • City West Neighborhood Association Member, to 2004
  • Cincinnati Youth Council Coordinator, to 2003
  • Colerain Township Town-Center Project, to 2000
  • Book presenter, Walnut Hills High School Book Award, 2001 to 2005
  • Faculty judge, Alpha, Rho, Chi student competition , to 2001
  • Alexandria Old Town Project, to 2001
  • Ritchie Street Project, Crescent Springs, Kentucky, to 2001
  • Master Plan for Village of Manchester, Ohio , to 2000
  • Master Plan for Village of Moscow, Ohio, to 1999
  • Urban Design International Palgrave, MacMillan, London Co-editor, 2013 to Present
  • Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, Locke Science Publishing Company, Inc. Editorial Board Member,
  • TEKTON, A Journal of Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, India Editorial Board Member,
  • Current Urban Studies Editorial Board Member,
  • Open Urban Studies Editorial Board Member,
  • Armanshahr (Utopia, in Farsi) Editorial Board Member,
  • Routledge Book Proposal Reviewer , to 2015
  • Routledge Book Reviewer: The World’s Cities: Contrasting Regional, National, and Global Perspectives, to 2013
  • Peer Review/Referee, Cities to 2015
  • Peer Review/Referee, Planning Theory & Practice to 2015
  • Peer Review/Referee, Journal of Architectural and Planning Research to 2015
  • Peer Review/Referee, Journal of Urban Design to 2015
  • Peer Review/Referee, Journal of Architectural and Planning Research to 2015
  • Peer Review/Referee, Tekton: A Journal of Architecture, Urban Design and Planning to 2015
  • Peer Review/Referee, Journal of Urban Design to 2014
  • Peer Review/Referee, Journal of Architectural and Planning Research to 2014
  • Al-Qassim University, Saudi Arabia Academic Peer Review Member, QS World Ranking Universities, to 2014
  • Peer Review/Referee, International Journal of Knowledge-based Development (IJKD) to 2014
  • Peer Review/Referee, Cities to 2014
  • Peer Review/Referee, Journal of Cultural Geography to 2014
  • Peer Review/Referee, Journal of Urbanism to 2014
  • Peer Review/Referee, City, Culture and Society to 2014
  • Peer Review/Referee, Land Use Policy to 2013
  • Peer Review/Referee, Urban Design International to 2013
  • Peer Review/Referee, Cities to 2013
  • Peer Review/Referee, City, Culture, and Society to 2013
  • Peer Review/Referee, International Development Planning Review to 2013
  • Peer Review/Referee, Urban Design International to 2013
  • Peer Review/Referee, Journal of Urbanism to 2013
  • Peer Review/Referee, City, Culture, and Society to 2012
  • Peer Review/Referee, Cities to 2012
  • Peer Review/Referee, African Journal of Agricultural Research to 2012
  • Peer Review/Referee, The Open Urban Studies Journal to 2011

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • National Research Mentoring Network for Mentoring Junior and Midcareer Faculty,
  • 2008 to Present ,Affiliate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers ,
  • 1995 to Present ,Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning ,
  • American Planning Association,
  • Office of University Partnerships’ Doctoral Program, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • ArchNet,
  • International Society of Political Psychology,
  • Built Environment Issues Group,
  • Smart Growth Group,