Director of Historic Preservation and Design
Ph.D., Penn State University
Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Planning, Cornell University
Master of Architecture, Azad University of Tehran, Iran
Mahyar Hadighi is an architect, historic preservationist, educator, and researcher whose professional background includes education, research, practice, and teaching in both Iran and the United States.
He received his Ph.D. in architecture from Penn State with a focus on hybridity in architectural design in mid-twentieth-century U.S. college towns. For his master's degree in historic preservation planning from Cornell University, he concentrated on documenting and analyzing local mid-century domestic architecture. In pursuing his professional Master of Architecture degree from Azad University of Tehran, he gained a background in modern practice and contextualization in architectural design. As a practitioner, researcher, and educator, Mahyar concentrates on modernism understood in relation to historical and contemporary contexts: In particular, he documents local adaptations of modern architecture, which he then analyzes via computational design methodologies in order both to preserve them as characteristic of place and to consider them for additional locales and purposes.
Mahyar joined the College of Architecture in 2019 to develop and lead a Master of Science degree in architecture concentrating on historic preservation and design. Supported by Texas Tech in both Lubbock and El Paso, external institutions, and also local, national, and international stakeholders, Mahyar focuses on preserving the cultural history of the local context in the U.S.‒Mexico border city of El Paso.
Prior to joining the CoA, Mahyar taught courses ranging from history and theory of architecture and preservation to architectural design at Penn State, Virginia Commonwealth University, and James Madison University in the U.S. He also pursued research and teaching at Marlik University in Iran, where he served as director of the undergraduate architecture program.
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