Doctor Parisa Ziaesaeidi

Doctor Parisa Ziaesaeidi

Associate Lecturer in Architecture,


Dr Parisa Ziaesaeidi is an architect with experience in both academia and industry. She holds a PhD from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia. In addition, Parisa is an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Parisa's research interests focus on social sustainability and neighbourhood design. She has experience in conducting qualitative studies using visual methods. Her expertise in this area is reflected in publications in international journals, conferences, and architectural magazines such as WAC, where she has established herself as an architectural journalist. Additionally, Parisa serves as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. Parisa's accomplishments and background demonstrate her dedication to the field of architecture and her passion for promoting sustainable and inclusive design practices.

Her academic engagement:

 – Advisory Board Member- City Space Architecture

 – Member of Urban Transformations Research Centre (UTRC)

– Reviewer of the submitted abstracts/papers in the EDRA Conferences

– Reviewer of the Journal of Public Space

– Temporary Reviewer of Journal of Children, Youth and Environments (CYE), University of Cincinnati

– Reviewer of the Journal of Sustainability 

– Reviewer of the Journal of Buildings 

– Country reporter/editor at World Architecture Community (WAC)

Parisa's teaching philosophy:

"I believe that students benefit greatly from collaborative learning experiences with their peers. Such interactions not only foster engagement but also encourage active participation in the learning journey. When students engage in discussions with their peers, they naturally engage in critical thinking and problem-solving, which contributes to a deeper understanding of the subject.

Moreover, I emphasise the process of learning rather than solely focusing on the final outcome. By communicating to students that their growth and progress throughout the semester are central to my teaching philosophy, I aim to motivate them to remain actively involved in the learning process. This approach also cultivates a friendly classroom atmosphere where students feel comfortable sharing their ideas without concerns about how it might impact their grades. It promotes open and unrestricted participation in discussions."

This information has been contributed by Doctor Ziaesaeidi.


  • PhD Queensland University of Technology

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Architecture



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Previous Teaching Areas

  • ARCH2002 Architecture Studio - Fundamentals of Digital Design, 2023
  • ARCH3003 Architecture Studio - Rethinking Urbanism, 2023


Journal Articles

  • Ziaesaeidi, P., Cushing, D., Washington, T. and Buys, L. (2023), '"Just to make new friends and play with other children" : understanding youth engagement within neighbourhood parks using a photo-choice tool', Landscape and Urban Planning, vol 235 .
  • Ziaesaeidi , P. and Cushing, D. (2019), 'The social sustainability of neighbourhood-schools : a qualitative study with Iranian children and youth about their neighbourhood perceptions', Local Environment, vol 24, no 12 , pp 1178 - 1196.
  • Ziaesaeidi, P. (2018), 'The neighborhood-school characteristics : as an effective factor of social sustainability in neighborhood', Journal of Sustainable Development, vol 11, no 2 , pp 34 - 51.

Conference Papers

  • Ziaesaeidi, P., Cushing, D., Washington, T. and Buys, E. (2023), 'Designing age-friendly parks : using a photo-choice tool to understand youth engagement within neighborhood parks', Environmental Design Research Association, Detroit, Mich..
  • Ziaesaeidi, P. (2023), 'What is the dark side of parks : a solution for designing more inclusive parks', Parks and Leisure Australia (Vic/Tas). Region Conference, Melbourne, Vic..
  • Ziaesaeidi, P. (2022), 'Are youth socially active in parks? : using photo tool to understand youth perceptions', Child in the City World Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Ziaesaeidi, P., Cushing, D., Washington, T. and Buys, L. (2020), 'How youth are socially engaged in parks : a participatory-approach for understanding youth perceptions and use patterns', World Sustainable Built Environment Conference, Online.
  • Ziaesaeidi, P. (2020), 'Preferences of youth for social engagement in neighbourhood-parks', Design Research Society. Conference, Online.

In general, social sustainability is typically described as one of the core principles within the framework of sustainable development. It stems from both the environmental and economic aspects of sustainability. A socially sustainable environment is one that ensures fair interactions, safety, comfort, and a sense of belonging, and strengthens the bond with a particular place. Research has demonstrated that social sustainability contributes to an improved quality of life and a greater sense of community by encouraging increased social interaction and more positive social behaviours. Parisa's research revealed that making cities more socially sustainable requires building resilient societies. This entails investing in the creation of additional green public spaces and improving urban planning through participatory and inclusive approaches. Her background in research spans a diverse range of approaches, including verbal and visual data collection techniques. She has a particular focus on incorporating art-based methods such as photo elicitation. These methodologies are distinguished by their collaborative nature, where both the researcher and the participants actively contribute. She employs interview methods that emphasise participation and co-design, which enhances the level of engagement with the study's subjects.

Her research areas:

- Social Sustainability 

- Qualitative Research 

- Neighbourhood Development 

- Inclusive Design

- Nature-based Solutions 

This information has been contributed by Doctor Ziaesaeidi.


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