Fall 2017 Student Lecture Series

Tim Slade
August 13

Sam Greenberg
August 15

Taniya Nayak
September 20

Adriaan Geuze
September 27

Alex Hogrefe
October 4

Niusha Aghdaii, M. Arch '15
November 15

Thom Mayne
November 16


Fall 2017 Student Lecture Series: Niusha Aghdaii

  • 11/15/2017

  • 6 PM  - 7 PM

  • Cascieri Hall

    Boston Architectural College

    320 Newbury Street, Boston

  • communications@the-bac.edu

  • Free and open to the public

  • Design Community, Alumni, Students, Lectures

The Boston Architectural College invites the community to join us for Home Away from Home: Studying the Facilities Provided for International Students in the United States, a public lecture by 2016 Ames Scholar Niusha Aghdaii, M.Arch '15, on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 6 pm in Cascieri Hall.

International students travel along an intimidating path at a young age when they pursue their degrees in a foreign country. With more than one million international students in the United States making significant cultural, social, and economic contributions to this country, it is imperative to realize the need to facilitate their paths through this journey. How can architecture ease this process by offering strategic programs to bring residents of local neighborhoods and international students closer through proximity, shared amenities, and community programs?

Niusha Agdaii visits the programs offered for the approximately 50,000 international students living in Greater Boston, and tests the possibilities of providing a facility that empowers the local community and connects international students to the larger community of Boston residents.

About Niusha Aghdaii:

Niusha Aghdaii was born in Tehran, Iran, and studied Industrial Design there before deciding to pursue a career in architecture. After starting architectural studies in Dubai, she completed her Master of Architecture degree at the Boston Architectural College in 2015. She is now balancing design practice, teaching, and research, and loves the way each informs the other.

At TRO, an architecture and engineering firm focused on healthcare design, Niusha works on projects collaboratively with engineers and interior designers and she advocates bringing a culture of enthusiasm and collaboration to the office through playing games. She was awarded an Emerging Professional scholarship to the Boston MED/ED conference in 2017.

Niusha is also an instructor at the BAC, teaching courses ranging from Spatial Thinking to Thesis Seminar, and Thesis Studio. Following up on her award-winning thesis at the BAC, she was granted the John Worthington Ames Scholarship in 2016, which allowed her to extend her studies on the subject of hospitality in higher education facilities for international students. She travelled the country, investigated buildings, conducted interviews, and attended conferences on the subject of welcoming environments for international students and plans to publish the results and share this information with other design professionals.

As an expression of her continuous passion in the field of hospitality for international students, Niusha advocates opening an "International House of Boston", a dormitory for international students from a variety of Boston-area colleges.

Proposed Design for Boston International House

Niusha's proposed design for International House of Boston

International House Berkley

International House of Berkeley

International House Chicago

International House of Chicago

International House New York City

International House of New York City