Postdoctoral Research Fellow, HOME Research Centre, Deakin University
Anahita Sal Moslehian is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the HOME Strategic Research & Innovation Centre at the School of Architecture & Built Environment. With background qualifications in Architecture, Anahita's research interests are building design innovation, hospital design evolution, health-promoting building design, social and affordable housing, and family-friendly apartment design.
In her PhD research, Anahita employed a mixed grounded theory methodology to conceptualise the nature of innovation in hospital building design. Her in-depth historical analysis of hospital design evolution has yielded a framework that highlights the main components of the innovation ecosystem, its overall behaviour, the most influential contextual factors and their interplay, and maps generative interactions that support innovation processes over the past 100 years.
Anahita is an EDAC-certified researcher and her passion lies in exploring how the design of our everyday spaces can enhance human health and wellbeing, care, and cure. She is also keen on understanding the relationship between architectural design and its socio-political contexts, in which the built environment is designed and experienced. Although healthcare buildings remain her primary area of interest, her research also encompasses housing and workplaces to better understand the relationship between the built environment and health outcomes. She has applied the systematic thinking, developed during her PhD, to study the design of health-promoting environments, social and affordable housing, and family-friendly apartments within the Australian context. Anahita has actively contributed to four key projects at HOME, including her latest study exploring the impacts of living in compact modular units on the transitioning process of homeless men. Further, in 2022, she collaborated with Biophilia Lab, where her research centred on the application of the biophilic design framework in the design of new mental health facilities in Barwon Health.
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