Parsa Aghaei CV
I utilize my studies and experience in architecture as well as my background in graphic design and photography in every role that I am hired for. The combination of my skills usually results in unique outcomes. I thrive on the fast-paced environments of studios and the thrill of getting projects done before deadlines while working on multiple projects simultaneously.
My biggest moments of joy are when I discover complex problems or find solutions for them. I also enjoy intellectual conversations about visual arts, architecture, and music.
Work Experience
Design Professional at HKS inc. (Feb 2022-now)
BIM manager of multiple projects
Contributed to the design of large-scale healthcare projects
Contributed to a functional performance evaluation and POE for research purposes (ProMedica Toledo)
Notable Clients: UW Health, Baptist Health, Advocate Aurora Health, Northwestern Medicine, Sanford, IMC
Architectural Intern at HKS inc. (May 2021-Jan 2022)
Research Assistant at Kent State University (Jan 2020-Dec 2021)
Contributing to a $2.4m funded research project on design of level 1 trauma rooms, in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic (PI: Sara Bayramzadeh)
• Co-authored 4 articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals and presented in EDRA52 conference
• Designed presentations, p
rint materials, visual documents, video clips related to the project
• Contributed the execution of focus groups with over 70 physicians, nurses, and architects
• Assisted the execution of an augmented reality (AR) simulation project using MS Hololens 2

Freelance Designer (2014-now)
• Utilized my skills in architecture, graphic design, photography to execute projects for over 50 individuals.
• Grew a sizeable audience on social media and attracted clients from more than 50 individuals and companies in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and Iran
Designer at Eighth Route Advertising Agency  (2017-2018)
• Produced 3D renderings and 2D illustrations
• Proposed and designed more than 10 ad. campaigns
• Designed multiple brand identity and other visual assets
Art and Architecture Tutor at Salam High School  (2016-2017)
• Taught my students fundamentals of art and architecture for them to enter Kharazmi Awards
Master of Healthcare Design at Kent State University (2020-now)
Kent State University at Kent Campus in Kent, OH. The program focuses on the architectural design of healthcare facilities. 
Bachelor of Architecture at Islamic Azad University  (2014-2019)
5-year B.Arch. degree, graduated with a GPA of 18.3/20 from Islamic Azad University (IAU). The university is ranked second best university in Iran according to USNews and #445 best in the global scale. 
Thesis: Residential Stadium
Diploma in Mathematics and Physics  at Allameh Tabatabei High School (2010-2014)
Allameh Tabatabaei is a highly selective high school in Tehran established in 1996. Allameh Tabatabeti on Wikipedia​​​​​​​
Honors & Awards
• Healthcare Design Award of Excellence at CAED (College of Architecture and Environmental Design) student awards at Kent State University (2020)
• Awarded Research Assistantship including full tuition waiver plus monthly stipend at Kent State University (2019)
• Awarded the Elliot Scholarship at Kent State University (2019)
• Awarded the Dean's Scholarship at Kent State University (2019)
• First place winner at the Iran University of Science and Technology logo design competition (2014)
Publications & Presentations
- Aghaei, P., Bayramzadeh, S., & Ahmadpour, S. (2022). Drive-Through Urgent Care Centers: Could They Be the Future of Healthcare Facilities? HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 19375867221087360.
- Bayramzadeh, S., Ahmadpour, S., & Aghaei, P. (2021). The relationship between sensory stimuli and the physical environment in complex healthcare settings: a systematic literature review. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 67, 103111.
- Ahmadpour, S., Bayramzadeh, S., & Aghaei, P. (2021). Efficiency and teamwork in emergency departments: Perception of staff on design interventions. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 14(4), 310-323.
- Bayramzadeh, S., & Aghaei, P. (2021). Technology integration in complex healthcare environments: a systematic literature review. Applied Ergonomics, 92, 103351.   
- Users Experience with Technology and Equipment in Trauma Room Environments (2022) - HFES 
- Integrating Research into Design Practice:  An Occupancy Outcomes Evaluation of an inpatient Medical Tower Pre and Post Move (2022) - EDRA 53
- Investigating healthcare professionals' interactions with technological equipment in trauma rooms (2022) - European Healthcare Design 
- Technology, a Friend or Foe? A systematic literature review of environmental design in critical care (2021) - EDRA 52
- An Evaluation of US Urgent Care Centers’ Design Regarding COVID-19 (2021) - Kent State University 21 Symposium 
Volunteer Activities
Peer-Reviewer at Journal of Health Environments Research & Design (HERD)
Peer-Reviewer at Journal of Aging & Environment
Peer-Reviewer at World Journal of Pediatrics
Peer-Reviewer at Journal of Medical Systems
Peer-Reviewer at Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Peer-Reviewer at Journal of Facilities
Peer-Reviewer at Facilities Journal
Session Monitor & Guide at American Institute of Architects (AIA ’22) Conference
Peer-Reviewer at Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Conference
Dean Advisory Board at Kent State University
Invited Juror at University of Kentucky​​​​​​​
• English (Full proficiency)
• Persian (Native)
• Arabic (Basic understanding)
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