Dissertaion Title:

Urban Change and Continuity Through the Frame of Historic Urban Landscape Approach; the Case of Historic City of Isfahan

Supervisors: Prof. em. Inken Baller and Prof. Anna Lundqvist

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26127/BTUOpen-5957


Sepideh Zarrin Ghalam is a trained architect and urbanist with experiences in practicing and teaching in the field. She is also a researcher with focus on (built) urban heritage in the context of Middle East, particularly Iran and Syria. Sepideh obtained both her B. Arch. and M. Arch. from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, Iran and her doctorate in Architecture from BTU Cottbus. Her master's thesis focused on the contemporary architectural intervention in the vicinity of World Heritage Site of Chogha Zanbil in Iran. During her doctorate research she investigated the applicability of the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) approach in the context of historic city of Isfahan in Iran. Her research suggests revisiting the notions of participation and Integrity as two of the main pillars of HUL approach as more communicative and dynamic concepts that aim to enable interaction with the context rather than intervention within it.

Since 2011, Sepideh has been an active member of the MEC Unit and has contributed to various academic project, including the Aleppo Archive in Exile project. She is the acdemic coordinator and a member of the teaching staff  for the Master Course Urban Design - Revitalization of Historic City Districts at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg and, from 2015 onwards, a visiting lecturer of the Master Course Architectural and Cultural Heritage Studies at Hochschule Anhalt in Dessau. Currently, she serves as a research associate and project coordinator at the MEC Unit.