PhD Students

Negar Kalantar Mehrjardi

Ph.D Student

B.Arch., National University of Iran (Shahid Beheshti)
M.Arch., National University of Iran (Shahid Beheshti)


Negar Kalantar is an architect and has been actively engaged in professional and academic experiences in the past few years.

As a professional practitioner, she co-founded the JA Workshop Co. in Tehran, a design-built office in Iran where she led and accomplished several small and mid scale projects. Later, in Dubai she practiced as leading/senior architect by designing and supervising a number of mid-large scale projects for Al-Ahmadiyeh Co., one of the largest architecture and construction firms in the UAE. The result was several built projects in architecture, interior design, and industrial design.

Prior to coming to the U.S., she was on the architecture faculty at Dubai’s Azad University from 2007 to 2009. Her teaching experience includes “Environmental Control-Sustainable Design” and “Human, Nature and Architecture.” Kalantar is the editor of architectural science in 2A Magazine, a Dubai based international Magazine, and serves on the editorial board of the scholarly-professional architectural magazine, Architecture and Construction Magazine.

Her seven-year research on transformable and adaptable architecture in the Art of Engineering Lab at Shahid Beheshti University was presented in several national and international exhibitions including: Technical University of Vienna, Technical University of Berlin, and Shahid Beheshti University and Tehran University. The research received first prize in the Iranian National Conference on Space Structures in 2007. Later, she was a member of PARTeE (Prototyping in Architectural Robotics for Technology enriched Education) and the research result was demonstrated in Blacksburg Visual Art’s Experiential Gallery. Kalantar is the recipient of the 2010 Design Research Award of Virginia Tech and a member recipient of the 2011 XCaliber Award.

Negar Kalantar is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in design research in the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech with a concentration on “Mapping the Design Process of Implementation of Dynamic Kinetic Mechanisms in Kinetic Shading Systems.”