Portland State University School of Architecture welcomes new and returning faculty
Author: Karen O'Donnell Stein
Posted: October 7, 2019

Portland State University School of Architecture faculty and staff are pleased to announce that Anahita Khodadadi is joining the School starting in Fall 2019. 

Anahita Khodadadi joins PSU School of Architecture as Assistant Professor, the result of a search held in Spring 2019. She will be teaching structures, building technology, and architectural design studio classes.

Her research focuses on computational search algorithms in architecture design, including multi-objective design, structural analysis, building environmental modeling, parametric modeling, and design science.Dr. Khodadadi is a LEED Green Associate and a member of the International Association of Shells and Spatial Structures, the U.S. Green Building Council, the Tehran Construction Engineering Organization, and the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture.

Dr. Khodadadi has published numerous journal articles in publications, including the International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice, International Journal of Architectural Computing, International Journal of Space Structures, and two books on The History of Iranian Architecture and Functional Ornaments in Iranian Architecture. She has presented multiple papers in the International Association of Shells and Spatial Structures (IASS) Annual Symposium.

She earned a Bachelor of Architecture, followed by a Master of Architecture in Architectural Technology from the University of Tehran. She went on to receive a Master of Science in Architecture and a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Michigan. 

She joins Laila Seewang, who was hired as Assistant Professor in Spring 2019. Dr. Seewang teaches urban design and architectural design studio classes.

Laila Seewang’s research focus centers on the role played by infrastructural projects in reflecting the political, social, and economic forces driving urban change.  

Her work has been published as essays and book chapters in Productive Universals, Specific Situations: Critical Engagements in Art, Architecture, and Urbanism; Re-Coding the City: Thinking, Planning, and Building the City of the Nineteenth Century; AA Files; The New York Times, and Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

Dr. Seewang earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Tasmania, Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union, and Master of Architecture from Princeton University. She earned her Doctor of Sciences in History and Theory of Architecture from ETH Zurich.  Her dissertation examined how nineteenth-century Berlin’s first municipal water infrastructure helped create a municipal city.

Anna Goodman became a full-time Assistant Professor in the 2018-2019 academic year. Dr. Goodman began teaching in the School of Architecture as Assistant Professor of Practice in 2016. She teaches theory and history seminars, urban design courses, and architectural design studio at Portland State University School of Architecture. She co-leads the School’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is a faculty fellow with the Center for Public Interest Design.

Her research focus is on the politics of architectural practice and the role of making and craft in defining the boundaries of professional identify. “In her research, she draws upon literature about welfare, humanitarianism, and citizenship to rethink how socially engaged and community-driven practices shape the American architectural profession,” she writes in her bio in her latest article, “Images Doing Work,” which appeared in the Journal of Architectural Education and was coedited by Maura Lucking (73:2, pp. 248-256). An ongoing book project, Citizen Architects, explores how American architectural educators have used "community design-build” throughout the twentieth century to adapt the profession to changing governmental landscapes.

Dr. Goodman’s work has been published in the Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of Urban History, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, DIALECTIC, and Planning Perspectives.

She earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University, a Master of Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. also from the University of California, Berkeley.