Mehrnaz Amiraslani

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture
Master of Urban Design, University of Toronto

Mehrnaz Amiraslani, an Assistant Professor, is passionate about ecological urbanism, which aims to achieve resilient public spaces and participatory design as an agency for the co-production of space. She has presented and published articles in these areas at international conferences and employs her research findings in academics and practice. She follows a research-based design approach in her teaching and believes in experimental processes using research findings to devise design strategies.


At Anant, she uses her expertise in urban design and architecture from various contexts in India, Canada, Iran, and South America in her teachings to ensure that students get a larger perspective on architecture. She leads elective courses in architectural studios, nurturing students as they explore their design and research thesis projects.


Mehrnaz completed her Bachelor in Architecture in Tehran, Iran, where courses in Urban Design helped her locate her further interest. She studied Urban Design at the University of Toronto, Canada, during which she was awarded a travelling design studio in Santiago, Chile and found her interest in the intersection of landscape and urban design, which she examined in her design thesis.


During her 15 years of experience in academia and practice, she has taught as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Planning, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, and as a Visiting Faculty in many academic institutes in India, Iran and Canada. Her research and practice in collaborative design and ecological urbanism have guided her teaching, specifically in studios at Anant, CEPT and Nirma University.