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Soroush Farzin

As a designer, visual artist, and educator working at the interface of architecture, art, and science, I am an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Architectural Engineering program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where I passionately instruct different Design Studios.

My primary research interests focus on sustainable building technologies, urban simulation, interactive architecture, and Neuro-architecture. In WPI Neuro-Arch Lab (founded by Ali Yousefi and Soroush Farzin), my current research focuses on adaptive architecture in understanding and regulating human emotional states. I collaborated with several architectural firms on international design competitions and projects ranging from residential complexes to airports.

Before joining WPI in 2016, I was a green building researcher at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where I earned a Ph.D. degree in Regional Planning and a Master of Architecture. I collaborated with the UMass Green Building and Master Plan Sustainability Committees to investigate the possibilities and challenges involved in implementing effective sustainable design strategies. In collaboration with the UMass Building Technology Lab, My colleagues and I developed the Integrated Urban Metabolism Analysis Tool, which involves modeling the flows of resources and quantifying overall sustainability within urban districts. 


2010 - 2016

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Ph.D. in Regional Planning 

2010 - 2013

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Master of Architecture 

2000 - 2006

Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

Bachelor of Architecture



WPI Teaching Innovation Grant, Worcester MA


WPI Dean of ART and Science SEED Grant, Worcester MA


NSF Grant #2028224, Measuring the Impact of the Pandemic on Student Engagement, 




Epistemic Wall, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


UMass September 11 Intervention, University of Massachusetts Amherst



The Waltz of Sadness, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Breathing While Black, UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center


Solar Decathlon Africa 2019, Morocco

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