Sara Mirhadi, mentee in the 2020-21 program in SA (University of South Australia)

Sara Mirhadi is a PhD candidate at the UniSA Creative, University of South Australia. Prior to her PhD education, she has graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Shiraz University, Iran. Following graduation from the university, she started working as a professional architect and urban designer in the construction industry along with involving as an academic tutor in different universities for 5 years. Due to her passion for pursuing her education, she applied for the PhD program in 2017 and succeeded to receive an offer of a scholarship at the University of South Australia, UniSA Creative.

Her PhD research project is grounded in a challenging and multidisciplinary field of inquiry among architecture, interior architecture, social sciences, and urban studies. Her research aims to identify the socio-spatial aspects of migration in the future of Australian housing. The project particularly focuses on capturing modification design patterns in migrants’ houses to recreate home through a mixed-methods approach. She hopes to open up an understanding of the potential pathways of housing design transformations with the focus on migration. The anticipated outcome of her research is to offer new insights into developing effective housing design approaches to contribute to Australian urban policy development and housing infrastructure.

Sara was awarded an AHURI top-up scholarship in 2019 by Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI). Upon completion of her PhD, Sara aspires to involve in the industry as a strategic planner and apply her skills to improve the sense of livability for the community through establishing effective placemaking strategies and policies.

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