Dissertaion Title:

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

Supervisors: Prof. em. Dipl. -Ing. Inken Baller, Prof. Dr. phil. Leo Schmidt


Sepideh Zarrin Ghalam is a trained architect with experiences in both practicing and teaching in this field. She is also an urban researcher with focus on urban heritage studies in the context of Middle East, in particular Iran and Syria. She obtained both her B. Arch. and M. Arch. from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, Iran. Her Master Thesis focused on the contemporary architectural intervention in the vicinity of World Heritage Site of Chogha Zanbil, Iran and in her PhD she has extended her studies to the contemporary urban interventions within historic cities, with view to the applicability of the Historic Urban Landscape Approach and in particular the concept of Integrity.

Since 2014 she is a member of teaching staff in the Master Course Urban Design - Revitaliztion of Historic City Districts at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. From 2015 onwards, she also works as a visiting lecturer in the Master Course Architectural and Cultural Heritage Studies at Hochschule Anhalt in Dessau. In addition, she is the Cofounder and Member of Board at a Berlin-based non-for-profit association entitled Oriental Heritage Without Borders (OHWB e.V.) established in 2013.