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Dr Nastaran Peimani

Dr Nastaran Peimani

Lecturer in Urban Design

+44 (0)29 2087 5980
3.03, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a Lecturer in Urban Design and Co-Director of the MA Urban Design Programme at the Welsh School of Architecture. I have also served as the Co-Founding Director of the Public Space Observatory Research Centre at Cardiff University. My research focuses on the intersections of urban design, built environment, urban transport and forms of informality. Prior to joining Cardiff University, I served as a Research Assistant and Guest Lecturer in Urban Design at the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne. My current research interests include transit-oriented urbanism, urban morphology, urban mapping, spatiality of street vending, public space and urbanity, and urban design education and pedagogy.­


Prior to joining Welsh School of Architecture, I served as a Research Assistant and Guest Lecturer in Urban Design at the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne. My background is in Architecture and I hold a PhD in Urban Design from the University of Melbourne as well as a Specialist Certificate in University Teaching from the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education (Melbourne CSHE).

Since 2014, I have developed extensive teaching experience at different universities. I have been involved in teaching and delivering lectures in the subjects of Urban Design Theory, Urban Morphological Mapping and Urban Environments for both postgraduate and undergraduate students at the University of Melbourne. I have been selected for the Emerging Scholar Award (2018) by the Spaces and­ Flows Research Network.

My engagement as a Research Assistant in Urban Design at the Melbourne School of Design has been in research projects titled ‘Multi-Scalar Mobilities: Metropolitan Transit Nodes and Neighbourhood Morphologies’. This project adopts a multidisciplinary approach to advance the understanding of multi-scalar access by investigating the nexus between metropolitan transit networks, station design and neighbourhood morphologies.

I have also been involved in a research project titled ‘Contested Waterfronts: Informality, Floods and Capital in Southeast Asian Cities’. This is a joint project between Melbourne Social Equity Institute and Melbourne School of Design to investigate the ways riverfronts have been contested by multiple forces in Indonesian cities.







  • Peimani, N. and Dovey, K. 2017. Motorcycle mobilities. In: Dovey, K., Pafka, E. and Ristic, M. eds. Mapping Urbanities: Morphologies, Flows, Possibilities. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 119-128., (10.4324/9781315309163)




I have led and/or co-led the following Postgraduate modules in Urban Design:

  • Urban Design Research Methods
  • Urban Design Dissertation
  • Autumn Design Studio
  • Spring Design Studio

I have also lectured, taught and/or supervised in the following Undergraduate and Postgraduate modules in Urban Design and Architecture:

  • Urban Design Foundation
  • Urban Design Research Methods
  • Urban Design Dissertation
  • MArch Dissertation


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • Transit-oriented urbanism, Urban Morphology and Multi-Scalar Mapping
  • Spatiality of Street Vending, Typology and Rights of Access
  • Politics of Public Space and Urbanity