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Urban Design Portfolio

EDUCATION Fall 2014 to Summer 2017

Fall 2009 to Summer 2013

Fall 2005 to Spring 2009

Fall 2016 to Summer 2017 Winter 2014 to Fall 2014

SKILL HIGHLIGHTS Freehand Sketching Sketch Up Revit AutoCAD Adobe Photoshop ArcGIS Familiar with Global Mapper Familiar with City Engine Microsoft Office

Master of Urban Design Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran GPA 18.05 (out of 20) Course passed: Urban design methods and techniques Basics of Urban Planning for Designers Basics of urban regeneration Residential Complex Design Studio Urban Design Studio GIS Studio

March 2012

M.Kholdi, M.Rafei, N.Aghili, "Sydney 2030: Green, Global and connected", national journal of urban planning and management, vol.12, no.105, pp.56-57, 2012.

March 2015

N.Aghili, "Urban elements' role in supporting tourism", second national conference in applied research in civil engineering, architecture and urban management, Tehran, 2015.

Bachelor of Urban Planning University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran GPA 16.39 (out of 20) Course passed: Basics of Architecture Urban sociology Urban geography Quantitative modeling in urban planning Urban transportation network design Urban infrastructure Urban transportation planning Statistics in urban planning GIS Basics


Awarded Graduate Full Scholarship from Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran


Ranked 30th of the nationwide entrance exam for master of Urban Design among two thousands of participants

Diploma in Mathematics and Physics Jamshidnejad Selected Students High School, Amol, Iran GPA 19.83 (out of 20)



Accepted into the Bachelor of Urban Planning with full scholarship at University of Tehran, Iran


Top %1 of the nationwide entrance exam of Iranian universities


Awarded high school full scholarship from Jamshidnejad Selected Student High School, Amol, Iran

RESEARCH Fall 2017 to winter 2017


Research project at the Housing Foundation: Developing Rural Facade Design Guidelines, Tehran, Iran.

Master Thesis: Enhancing Quality of Space in Rural Towns by Rural Tourism Approach

Bachelor Thesis: Riverside Sustainable Design

LANGUAGES Persian (native) English (fluent)

REFERENCES Academic: alalhesabi@iust.ac.ir Work-related: azin.khalili@gmail.com

JOB EXPERIENCE December 2017 to May 2019

Pishgaman Tose'e Mandegar co., Tehran, Iran Design Assistant and GIS analyst: Responsible for feasibility and market study of architectural projects and managing land data

NILOUFAR AGHILI Email: aghili.n91@gmail.com Tel: +46 721923747 Address: Apartment number 1303, Danish Road 76A, Gothenburg, Sweden

Postal Code: 416 59













01 Haraz Riverside Final Studio Tutor: Prof Masoumi Winter 2014 University of Tehran

Site Analysis- Research done collaboratively with studio Sustainable Development Approach Individual Planning and Design work

The Haraz River with its unique development potential in Sorkhrud, Iran, runs through the old residential area of the city. As this region has dramatically changed during recent years, the riverside has been ignored during the urban development. This not only affected the vegetation and visual qualities of the space, but also reduced security of the area as a “Lost Space�. The vision is to revitalize the riverside in order to make an active and lively local space. Because of the pure vegetation and beautiful natural scenery of the riverside, the goal is designing a pedestrian street as a linear public space which provides accessibility to waterfront.


DESIGN PROCESS Responding to the lack of basic facilities for pedestrians to have social interactions alongside the river and insecurity and inactivity in the area, series of strategies, as are shown in diagrams, developed to provide a scenic linear public space with the pedestrian priority approach.





Raising the water level of the river by reducing the width of the existing riverbed

Widening river sidewalks by use of the new river walls

Providing accessibility to the water by creating steps at the edge of the sidewalks

Providing the possibility of widening the riverbed in times of intense rain to prevent flood

5 Creating urban public space for social interactions and activities


02 Bandar e Pol Plaza Urban Design Introductory Studio Tutor: Prof Alalhesabi Autumn 2014 Iran University of Science and Technology

Site analysis - Collaboration with team members in Planning Phase {My Contribution: mapping, concept development, alternative development} Individual Design work

Imam Khomeini Street located in the center of Bandar e Pol is the most vital commercial area of the town. This town with a long historical background has a unique architectural identity and value. One of the main problems of public spaces in Bandar e Pol is the lack of having a constant place which gathers people together. In order to prepare the land for designing the plaza, some reforms in the street were needed. The process of the reforms was done in 3 stages that are shown by the diagrams.


PLAN AND ELEVATION DESIGN As the mosque is the element of the neighborhood and one of the most important public places in Muslim culture, the focus of design first was to provide a central mosque and then to design a frontage for it as a place to gather people. In the design process, it has been attempted to use local architecture’s elements and materials, which lead to sustainability. Here I focused on one of the main issues in Bandar e Pol town which is the lack of having a plaza. The vision of this project was to "Improve the place to help intensify the identity and mutual relationships in the neighborhood". Because Imam Khomeini Street is the most active path of the town, the focus of the project was to provide a plaza based on the local architecture in this commercial area. The goal was to gather sense in the place and to amplify it. This place is described as the town's plaza that embraces pilgrims of the central mosque and gathers people from in and out of the neighborhood, into an active public space.

South Elevation


03 Sorkhrud Rural Tourist Route Final Thesis Site Analysis- Sustainable Urban Design Approach Tutor: Prof Alalhesabi Individual Planning and Design work Summer 2017 Iran University of Science and Technology

The world is undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in history. Studies have shown that developing countries are more vulnerable in this process and have experienced different social, economic and environmental challenges caused by rapid urbanization. Through the urbanization process, many rural settlements transform to be urban. This transformation without considering the context has lowered the quality of space and posed serious risks to the cultural and natural resources of these settlements. To address these challenges towards sustainable development goals, this research focused on rural heritage to improve the quality of space in newly formed urban settlements. To this target, this research has proposed a rural tourist route in the old and organic fabric of the city which connects two local plazas. Catching the tourist’s attention to the old part of the city, not only will help to preserve the cultural and natural resources but also will activate the local economy, which is all toward sustainable development goals.



1. LOCAL PLAZAS A mixture of modern and traditional local architecture Providing tourist’s essential services An active public space for social interactions

2. AGRICULTURAL LAND ROUTES Wide view to the scenic agricultural lands Dirt route for pedestrians and bicycles Spaces for sitting and watching the landscape Acting as a green belt to prevent overruns to agricultural lands

3. PEDESTRIAN ORIENTED STREETS Prioritizing pedestrians and bicycles

4. ENTRANCES To design identifiable and inviting entrances for the tourist route

Designing the street based on Woonerf concept (shared space, traffic calming, and low-speed limits) Providing spaces for local people to present their local products to tourists


ROUTE DESIGN SEQUENCES The rural tourist route invites people inside with generous and accessible entrances offering welcoming places. Those entry nodes are identifiable and inviting. It means that various design measures have been taken to catch tourist’s attention and to bring them to a place they do not normally go to. As we can see in the picture, this entrance is simply defined by openness and locating two trees at each side of the street creating an inviting space. Furthermore, different traffic signs are utilized to introduce pedestrian-oriented streets. You can see a shared pedestrian and calm vehicle space inside the route that gives you a sense of place, a place that acts as an active linear public space for social interactions and small scale business between local people and tourists. Regarding the street design based on Woonerf concept, there are some wide sidewalk spaces providing an opportunity for local people to exhibit and sell their agricultural and rural homemade products in front of their house doors. This activity not only helps to create a more vital space, but also help to revive and preserve the rural traditions. In addition, this is a simple and practical measure for empowering local rural women by making them economically active. The final sequence of the route is the agricultural land’s sidewalk designed for pedestrians and cycling. This sidewalk is a path along the boundary between buildings and agricultural lands. It is designed as a dirt route with a different width through its way. As you can see in the picture there are also some pause spaces for sitting, rest and watching the beautiful landscape of the agricultural lands. This marginal route not only guards the agricultural lands against city development but also helps farmers to make money out of tourism, which is an incentive to preserve agriculture as the traditional main activity of this whole region.


PEDESTRAIN ORIENTED STREET DESIGN Pedestrian oriented street design ensures safety for pedestrians and cyclists by reducing carriageway speeds. To this target, I focused on Woonerf concept for street design. A Woonerf-designed street has no division between cars and people, forcing cars to drive at a slower pace. This street is designed to allow drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and runners to share the same space, making the street much more welcoming and appealing for all. Instead of dividing a street with barriers like curbs, sidewalks and bike lanes, Woonerfs open up the street and allow for every use simultaneously.

Speed bump to reduce the car's speed at the entrance

Space for local people near their houses to present their products

Streetside parking Urban green space to promote a sense of place

No surface differences and dividing the street just by changing the materials



Restaurant Design in Laleh Park Course Title: Fundamentals of Architecture and Building Spring 2013

Educational Space Design Course Title: Urban Design Introductory Studio Autumn 2014



Ink on Paper Bachelor of Urban Planning - University of Tehran 15*16 cm 2011

Ink on Paper Bachelor of Urban Planning - University of Tehran 18*23 cm 2012


DESIGN COMPETITION Design Competition of Fish-Square Statue - Fereydunkenar - Mazandaran- Iran Collaboration with 1 team member: Mojtaba Hadavand My Contribution: Site analysis, concept development, alternative development Spring 2015






Niloufar Aghili Email: aghili.n91@gmail.com Contact: +46 72 192 37 47

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