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Dr. Shooka Motamedi


University of Tehran, Iran
PhD, Architecture

Islamic Azad University, Iran
MS, Architecture

Islamic Azad University, Iran
BS, Architecture

Curriculum Vitae

C.V. (PDF)


Dr. Shooka Motamedi is an architect, educator and architectural design researcher who uses behavioral neuroscience to explore the liminal boundaries of architecture in museums. 

Dr. Motamedi’s recent work investigated how interstitial spaces in museums affect mutual communication between people and places. At the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Motamedi is extending this research on people’s perceptions of liminality and alterity in museum spaces to understand how they affect social and emotional interactions. She is carrying out this work at the interface of neuroscience and architecture under the supervision of Dr. Angela M. Person. 

Since 2009, Dr. Motamedi has been active in professional practice as a project designer working with firms associated with cultural heritage and museums in Iran. As a freelance architect, she has been active in designing multi-story residential projects since 2014. 

Dr. Motamedi completed her Ph.D. studies at the University of Tehran in 2021. She earned her Master of Architecture degree from Islamic Azad University, where she taught design studios and architectural theory from 2011 to 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Science in architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. 

Professional Credentials

Professional Engineer License from the Ministry of Road and Urban Planning, Iran; Field: Architectural Engineering, “Second Grade.”

Completed an Advanced Course on Smart and Sustainable Low Energy Buildings at the Stockholm School of Energy (January 2020).

Completed a workshop on Virtual Reality in Neuromodulation and Beyond at the National Brain Mapping Lab (NBML) in Tehran, Iran (October 2020).

Completed a course on Lumion & Vray from the Tehran Institute of Technology (July 2020).

Featured Publication

Motamedi, S. & Alireza Einifar (2021). “Neurological Evaluation of the Emotional and Social Interaction of Visitors in the in-between Spaces of the Museum of the Islamic Revolution and Holy Defense,” Journal of Sustainable Architecture and Design,
(8)2. DOI: 10.22061/jsaud.2020.7022.1737.

Academic and Artistic Activities

Selected as the Head of the Department of Architectural Foundations, Islamic Azad University, Iran (2017).

Curator of the Exhibition “Wearable Architecture,” Azad University, Iran (2017). 

“FROM THE INFINITE TO THE POINT,” Exhibition at CAFX, Film Architecture: Form Beyond Image Summer School in Aarhus, Denmark (2016).

Published Teamwork Project for Bamyan Cultural Center (Design Competition, 2015).

Façade Design Printed in Payam Sakhteman Magazine (2015).

Received a Special Honorable Mention as a member of the Design Team for the Iranian Interior Design Award, Memar-Va-Sakhteman Magazine, Khorasan Great Regional Museum (2015).

Curating Exhibition from Students’ Works of Art in IAU (2014).

5th Mirmiran Architecture Award “Architecture & Green Nature” (2011).