Parsa Aghaei CV
Having worn many hats in various design fields, I consider myself a multi-disciplinary designer. Currently, I am working as an architectural intern at HKS inc. and looking forward to my last semester of graduate studies in Healthcare Design at Kent State University.
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
Architectural Intern at HKS inc. (May 2021-now)
Research Assistant at Kent State University (Jan 2020-now)
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, print 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
Education
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 & Conferences
 The relationship between sensory stimuli and the physical environment in complex healthcare settings: A systematic literature review (accepted)
• 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, 19375867211023156.
• Technology, a Friend or Foe? A systematic literature review of environmental design in critical care EDRA 52 - Conference paper 2021
 An Evaluation of US Urgent Care Centers’ Design Regarding COVID-19 - Kent State University Symposium March 2021
• Bayramzadeh, S., & Aghaei, P. Technology integration in complex healthcare environments: A systematic literature review. Applied Ergonomics, 92, 103351. 
Volunteer Activities
• Dean Advisory Board member at Kent State University, representing Healthcare Design students (Oct. 2020-now)
• Invited juror at University of Kentucky, College of Design (mid-terms and finals) (Oct. & Dec. 2020)
Skills
Languages
• English (Full proficiency)
• Persian (Native)
• Arabic (Basic understanding)
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