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Dr Hesam Kamalipour

Dr Hesam Kamalipour

Senior Lecturer in Urban Design

Ysgol Daearyddiaeth a Chynllunio

Email
kamalipourh@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4463
Campuses
Room 2.98, Adeilad Morgannwg, Rhodfa’r Brenin Edward VII, Caerdydd, CF10 3WA
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  • Co-Director of the MA Urban Design programme
  • Co-Founding Director of the Public Space Observatory Research Centre
  • Senior Lecturer in Urban Design, School of Geography and Planning
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Advance HE

I am the Co-Founding Director of the Public Space Observatory Research Centre and the Co-Director of the MA Urban Design programme at Cardiff University. I am also a Senior Lecturer in Urban Design at the School of Geography and Planning and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My research and teaching activities have focused on the challenge of understanding the dynamics of informal urbanism in relation to urban design and the ways in which different forms of informality work in a global context. I have previously served as Research Fellow at Monash University, Research Assistant and Guest Lecturer in Urban Design at the University of Melbourne and Doctoral Academy Member at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute. My current research interests include informal urbanism, forms of urban informality and adaptation, typology, urban morphology and morphogenesis, tactical and temporary urbanism, public space and streetlife, place identity and urban mapping.

NEWS

Celebrating Excellence Award Nomination

I have been nominated for a 2021 Cardiff University Celebrating Excellence Award in the category of Rising Star at Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

Enriching Student Life Award Nomination

I have been nominated for a 2020 Enriching Student Life Award in the Most Uplifting Member of Staff category at the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

I have been nominated for a 2019 Enriching Student Life Award in the Most Innovative Member of Staff category at the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

International Award for Excellence

I have been invited to receive the prestigious Spaces and Flows International Award for Excellence (2018) at Heidelberg University for one of my papers, Mapping Urban Interfaces: A Typology of Public/Private Interfaces in Informal Settlements, which was published in the Journal of Spaces and Flows in 2017

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I have previously served as Research Fellow at Monash University, Research Assistant and Guest Lecturer in Urban Design at the University of Melbourne and Doctoral Academy Member at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute. I have a background in Architecture and hold a PhD in Urban Design from the University of Melbourne as well as the Melbourne Teaching Certificate from the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education.

Research and Teaching Experiences

  • Senior Lecturer in Urban Design, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, UK
  • Co-Founding Director of the Public Space Observatory Research Centre, Cardiff University, UK
  • Co-Director of the MA Urban Design programme, Cardiff University, UK
  • Lecturer in Urban Design, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, UK
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Monash Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University, Australia
  • Research Assistant in Urban Design, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Guest Lecturer in Urban Design, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Academic Tutor in Urban Design, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, Australia

Professional Development and Memberships

  • Member of the Urban Design Group
  • Member of the Academy of Urbanism
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Advance HE
  • Memebr of the Architectural Humanities Research Association
  • Member of the Public Spaces and Urban Cultures Group, Association of European Schools of Planning
  • Member of the Planning and Complexity Group, Association of European Schools of Planning
  • Member of the Informality Research Observatory, Cardiff University
  • Member of the Cities Research Centre, Cardiff University
  • Member of the SPACE Research Group at the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University
  • Doctoral Academy Member at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne (2016)
  • Member of the University of Melbourne Delegation in the Habitat III Conference in Quito (2016)

Speaking Engagements

  • Informal/Formal Urban Assemblages (2021) Informality Research Observatory Annual Event 2021: The Global Normalisation of Informality Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
  • Rethinking Urban Informality in the Global South and Beyond (2019) Centre for Spatial Justice, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Mapping Urban Informalities (2019) Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Mapping Urbanities (2018) University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Reviewing Engagements

  • Peer reviewer for international journals, including Urban Studies, Habitat International, Urban Geography, Cities, Urban Design International, Sustainability, Journal of Urban Management, Urban Design and Planning, The International Journal of Housing Policy, Sustainable Cities and Society, and Urban Planning

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Course Co-Director

  • MA Urban Design programme (Postgraduate)

The MA Urban Design programme at Cardiff University is one of the largest programs of its kind and is jointly delivered by the Welsh School of Architecture and the School of Geography and Planning.

Module Leader / Co-Leader

  • Urban Design Foundation 2021/2022 (Postgraduate)
  • Autumn Studio 2021/2022 (Postgraduate)
  • Spring Studio 2021/2022 (Postgraduate)
  • Urban Design Foundation 2020/2021 (Postgraduate)
  • Research Based Design Project 2020/2021 (Postgraduate)
  • Urban Design Foundation 2019/2020 (Postgraduate)
  • Space and Place 2019/2020 (Postgraduate)
  • Planning Theory and Practice 2019/2020 (Undergraduate)
  • Space and Place 2018/2019 (Postgraduate)
  • Planning Theory and Practice 2018/2019 (Undergraduate)

Module Contribution / Supervision

  • Urban Design Research Methods 2021/2022 (Postgraduate)
  • Urban Design Dissertation 2021/2022 (Postgraduate)
  • Autumn Studio 2020/2021 (Postgraduate)
  • Research Methods and Techniques 2020/2021 (Postgraduate)
  • Research Based Design Project 2020/2021 (Postgraduate)
  • Autumn Studio 2019/2020 (Postgraduate)
  • Research Methods and Techniques 2019/2020 (Postgraduate)
  • Research Based Design Project 2019/2020 (Postgraduate)
  • Spring Studio 2018/2019 (Postgraduate)
  • Development Management 2018/2019 (Postgraduate)
  • Research Project 2018/2019 (Undergraduate)
  • Research Dissertation 2018/2019 (Undergraduate)
  • Dissertation 2018/2019 (Postgraduate)
  • Research Methods and Techniques 2018/2019 (Postgraduate)
  • Research Based Design Project 2018/2019 (Postgraduate)

My current research interest lies at the intersections of:

  • Informal Urbanism, Forms of Urban Informality and Adaptation
  • Typology, Urban Morphology and Morphogenesis
  • Public Space, Streetlife and Urban Mapping
  • Place Identity, Visibility and Image

I am interested in exploring the dynamics of informal urbanism in a global context with a particular focus on mapping the morphologies and incremental transformations of informal settlements as well as the relations between informal and formal across different scales and multiple case studies. Investigating the processes of morphogenesis in relation to the dynamics of place identity is then a key part of my research to explore the space of possibilities for harnessing the productive capacities of urban informality in the processes of upgrading and formalisation.

PROJECTS

Forms of Informality in Public Space

This project engages with the ways in which forms of informality work in relation to streetlife and gender mix in public space with a focus on the spatial and temporal appropriations of space. Drawing on multiple case studies, this project aims to provide a better understanding of how different forms of informality negotiate space and visibility within the public realm. In collaboration with: Dr Nastaran Peimani

Mapping Incremental Urbanism

This project adopts urban mapping as a key method to unravel how the processes of morphogenesis work in emerging settlements. With a few exceptions, most informal settlements can be upgraded incrementally without displacement. Engaging with such processes of upgrading relies on a sophisticated understanding of the ways in which adaptive processes work in emerging settlements. In collaboration with: Dr Aminreza Iranmanesh

Forms of Informal Settlement

This project focuses on how urban morphology, adaptive processes, and visibility work in informal settlements to inform the ways in which the built environment professions can most effectively engage with the complexity of upgrading processes. Drawing on multiple case studies from the cities of the Global South, this project aims to explore how different forms of informal settlement work. In collaboration with: Professor Kim Dovey. Related funding: RTP, IPRS and APA Scholarships

Negotiating Livelihoods and Rights in Contested Urban Space

This research project addresses the challenge of informal urbanism with a particular focus on the ways in which forms of street trading work in relation to gender, politics, and types in public space. It engages with the dynamics of street trading and explores the synergies and contradictions among multiple agents in public space. In collaboration with: Dr Nastaran Peimani and Dr Debdulal Saha. Related funding: GCRF Small Projects

Public Space Observatory Research Centre

The Public Space Observatory Research Centre has been co-founded as a knowledge exchange platform in public space research, practice and policy. The mission is to bring together local, national and international academics, practitioners and policymakers engaged with the provision, design, management and use of public space. In collaboration with: Dr Patricia Aelbrecht and Dr Nastaran Peimani

My/Your Cardiff Public Space Campaign

The My/Your Cardiff Public Space Campaign has been co-founded with the aim of raising public awareness on the social, cultural, economic and environmental values and benefits of well-designed, used and managed public spaces. In collaboration with: Dr Patricia Aelbrecht, Dr Nastaran Peimani and Dr Wesley Aelbrecht. Contribution to the project until November 2021. Related Funding: ESRC Impact Acceleration Account

Public Space Toolkit for Wales

This project aims to introduce a public space toolkit for Wales to support the work of Local Authorities. The toolkit can become a steppingstone towards innovative practices around placemaking for the public realm in Wales. In collaboration with: Dr Patricia Aelbrecht, Dr Francesca Sartorio, Dr Wesley Aelbrecht, Dr Richard Gale and Dr Nastaran Peimani. Contribution to the project until December 2021. Related Funding: Innovation Project Grant

Supervision

My supervision interest lies at the intersections of:

  • Informal Urbanism, Forms of Urban Informality and Adaptation
  • Typology, Urban Morphology and Morphogenesis
  • Public Space, Streetlife and Urban Mapping
  • Place Identity, Visibility and Image

Past projects