Shiva Arasteh

Shiva Arasteh received her Master degree in architecture from Shahid Beheshti University, her PhD in architecture from Azad University, Tehran Science and Research Branch, and began her professional activities from early 2000. She established her personal office of architecture named “Pulsar Part” in April 2005 and won several prizes in architectural design in Iran from the very first years. Her special interest in architectural research and design is “contextualism in architecture and town planning”. She has nearly 50 projects on architecture and town planning in her resume among the most important of which “Research on historic textures of Tehran, Zahedan, Chabahar, Port of Kong, Nahook, and Hamzehabad” and presentation of principles and regulations based on the context in these historic fabrics as well as designing of models compatible with the context, can be mentioned here.

Since 2002 she has also been involved in academic activities, teaching at Tabriz, Shiraz, Shushtar, Babol and Tehran universities. In addition she has edited a book on “New Structures in Historic Environments”, authored a book on “Houses of Kong Port” and “Songs of South Wind-towers”, and written several articles on house, residence, and contemporary Iranian home model.

She is also the founder of the campaign for “Bringing back life to the city”, which is active in monitoring historic buildings and textures and preventing them from destruction.