Farnazeh Oghazian

Farzaneh Oghazian

Assistant Professor

225-578-6885 | 17 Atkinson Hall

Architecture BArch from the University of Tehran, Iran
MArch from Tarbiat Modares University, Iran
PhD Penn State University

Farzaneh Oghazian is an assistant professor of architecture. She earned her PhD in Design Computing in Architecture from Penn State University, her Master’s in Architecture from Tarbiat Modares University, and her Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Tehran.

Her doctoral research concentrated on the development of computational methods to augment the use of knits in architectural contexts. She devised a comprehensive approach that encompasses strategies for simulating knitted tension structures’ behavior and employing machine learning to predict knitting diagrams for lightweight knitted tension structures.

Currently, her research revolves around the innovative use of knitted textiles as the foundation for creating composite structural systems. She employs traditional casting methods as well as 3D printing techniques in combination with diverse material systems, including flexible monofilaments, bio filaments, clay, bio-concrete, bio-resin, and mycelium. Furthermore, she is actively involved in advancing computational methodologies that simulate the shape and behavior of these novel composite materials for architectural applications.

Her collaborative projects have received accolades, including the SOM Foundation Prize for the MycoKnit project and recognition for the Black Flower Antenna sculpture at MoMA.

With a commitment to education, she has previously taught directed research studio courses at Penn State during 2021-2023. She is currently instructing the Architectural Structures III course and third-year architecture studio.