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Mostafa Akbari

Mostafa is a distinguished computational designer and researcher with a distinctive academic background encompassing architectural design and computational structures. He is currently studying for his Ph.D. in Computational Structures and Advanced Manufacturing at the University of Pennsylvania, having merited a comprehensive scholarship due to his exceptional qualifications. His academic journey includes a Master's degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Upenn, a Master's degree in Architecture from the University of Shahid Beheshti, and a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Tehran.

His scholarly interests gravitate toward the realm of structural form finding, particularly with an emphasis on using 3-dimensional Graphic Statics for the exploration of Shellular Funicular Structures. He has pioneered a technique, within the purview of 3D graphic statics, for the design of Shell-based cellular (Shellular) Funicular Structures. This methodological breakthrough has initiated a paradigm shift in the domains of Architecture, Structural Design, Material Design, and their interrelated fields. Beyond this, he has exhibited profound involvement and a multitude of years dedicated to research in Digital Fabrication, computational design, and human-computer interaction. His endeavors are geared towards unearthing the nascent prospects in contemporary architecture, allowing for a reevaluation of tectonics and material systems in the face of synergistic advancements in architecture, structural design, robotic fabrication, computation, and material science.

Mostafa's collaborative endeavors span across prestigious international establishments, including his role as a designer and researcher with Gensler. Moreover, he has garnered valuable experience in architectural design and construction as an independent architect. In the present moment, he is a Ph.D. candidate at the Polyhedral Structures Lab within the University of Pennsylvania's Weitzman School of Design.

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