Ebrahim Poustinchi, architect, researcher, and educator is the Assistant Professor of Digital Design at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at the Kent State University. He has previously taught at University of Kentucky, Washington State University, and UCLA. Ebrahim has completed his post-graduate studies in Architecture and Robotics, under Greg Lynn at UCLA SUPRASTUDIO program, and holds a bachelor degree in Architecture from the University of Tehran. During his professional research and studies, he has been affiliated with a variety of academic, professional, and industry organizations, including the Bot and Dolly design studio, Cirque Du Soleil, the IDEAS robotics lab at UCLA, the 5D Institute at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Art, Washington State University, the Salk Institute Center for Neurobiology of Vision, and the University of Tehran.
As a designer and researcher, Ebrahim is interested in expanding the horizons of architecture as a cultural practice, by applying cutting-edge technologies and incorporating insights from other academic disciplines. The use of robotic technology as a design tool helps Ebrahim to express ideas and explore new sides of architecture, which he regards as a “thinking medium.” Ebrahim’s areas of research include interaction-based form making, sustainable geometries, digital fabrication, and new media.
Ebrahim’s robotic architectural designs and graphical works have been disseminated worldwide in various galleries, exhibitions, installations, and websites. He continues to be professionally active in the field of graphic design through his position as art director and designer for cultural festivals such as 28th Fajr international music festival. He has participated in more than thirty national and international design exhibitions in California, Michigan, Washington, Slovakia, Germany, Russia, and Iran. In 2012, Ebrahim received the Iranian National Award as the country’s “Best Graphic Designer Under 25 Years Old.”
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