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Dr. Iasef Md Rian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), China since January 2019. Prior to joining XJTLU, from January 2016 to January 2019, he was teaching at the University of Sharjah in U.A.E. as an Assistant Professor. He completed his PhD from Politecnico di Torino, Italy in 2015. He teaches architectural design studios both of UG and PG levels. He teaches an elective course on Parametric Design in Architecture. He also teaches a unique interdisciplinary UG course titled Integrated Structural Design for Architecture. His area of research focus is mainly advanced geometry applications in architectectonic design (structural and environmental) using computational (parametric/algorithmic) and performance-based (simulation-informed) design approaches. His current researches are interdisciplinary in nature encompassing mathematics (fractals and rule-based complex geometries), generative design, parametric structures and optimization, and performance-based environmental design in architecture. Dr. Iasef has published dozens of research articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings focusing on computational approach of structural forms design and analysis. He is a member of several organizations related to architecture (Council of Architecture, India), mathematics (ISGG), shell structure (IASS), and CAD (ACADIA, CAADRIA). He organized a series of design workshops and some of those were exhibited in prestigious international design events such as 'MadeExpo 2012, 2013' in Milan and 'Dubai Design Week 2018' in Dubai. He is also a regular reviewer of some well-known international journals, such as Automation in Construction, Computer Aided Design, Frontiers of Architectural Researches, Fractals, etc.

Dr. Iasef is also a practicing architect and founder of 'Rian Architects & Designers' in Malda district, India. His studio has designed some small and medium scales residential, religious and commercial projects in West Bengal, India. Being an architect and senior architect in C. P. Kukreja & Associate and S. Ghosh & Associates in New Delhi during the period of 2007 to 2011 (for total 3.5 years), he also designed and coordinated couples of large-scale projects, such as high-rise apartment towers (IREO Uptown, Gurgaon), a University campus (Gautam Buddha University, NOIDA), factory headquarters, a shopping mall, etc. He frequently takes part in international design competitions. Recently, in June 2019, he won an international design competition ASCENSION: Zagreb Observation Tower.

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Advanced Geometry & Computational Design for Architecture | Fractal-Based Design; Digital Structures and Optimization | Performance-Based Facade Design | Digital Fabrication & Automation in Construction | Flexible Housing & Open Building System.


Architectural Design Studios (Undergraduate and Postgraduate) | Computational/Parametric Design | Integrated Structural Design for Architecture | Advanced Construction (Digital Fabrication) | Design Workshops | Final Project/Thesis Supervision.


2012-2015: PhD in Architecture & Building Design, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

2005-2007: Master of Engineering (M.E.) in Architectural Planning & Design, INHA University, South Korea

2000-2005: Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.), Aligarh Muslim University, India

1994-1998: Diploma in ine Arts (Ankan), West Bengal State Akademi of Dance Drama Music and Visual Arts, India


2019-present: Associate Professor, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China

2015-present: Principal Architect & Founder, Rian Archiects & Designers, Malda, India

2016-2019:  Assistant Professor, University of Sharjah, U.A.E.

2012-2014:  Teaching Assistant, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

2012-2014:  Research Assistant, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

2010-2011:  Lecturer, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia

2008-2009:  Senior Architect, S. Ghosh & Associates, New Delhi, India

2007-2008:  Architect, C. P. Kukreja & Associates, New Delhi, India

2006-2007:  Teaching Assistant, INHA University, South Korea

2006-2007:  Research Assistant, INHA University, South Korea


2016-present: 'Geometric Morphogenesis of Self-Shading Facade Tiles Design for Desert Climate', SEED Grant, University of Sharjah, U.A.E.

2006-2007:   'Pop-Up Technique of Origamic Architecture for Post-Disaster Shelters', KRF Research Grant, Korean Research Foundation, S Korea​  

2013-2014:   'FracShell', University Research Grant, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

2012-2013:   'Fractal Forest: Monalisa Pavilion', University Research and Private Company's Grant, Politecnico di Torino, Colegno, Pro-Populus, Italy


2019:         Winner of International Design Competition: ASCENSION Zagreb Observation Tower

2015:         Distinction in Ph.D. / Politecnico di Torino / Italy    

2012-2015: Borsa di Dottorato (University PhD Scholarship) / Politecnico di Torino / Italy                             

2013-2014: International Mobility Scholarship / Politecnico di Torino / Italy                                            

2012:          Milan Scholarship / Parametric Camp / Italy                                                                                       

2005-2007: Jungseok International Scholarship / Inha University / South Korea                               

2006-2007: Korean Research Fellowship /Korean Research Foundation / South Korea              

2006-2007: Teaching Assistantship / Inha University / South Korea                                                            

2007:           Finalist / International Bamboo Design Competition / USA                                                                   

2006:          Honourable Mention / International Competition of Kitchen Design /Spain                                    

2006:           Fourth Prize / 17th Inha International Design Workshop / South Korea                                                 


Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA)           

Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), USA                               

International Society for Geometry and Graphics (ISGG), Austria                                     

International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS), Spain                                             

Council of Architecture (COA), India                                                   


2018:   “Weaving the Mashrabiya Pavilion” | Dubai Design Week 2018 | Milan, Italy.  

2013:   “Monalisa Pavilion” | MadeExpo 2013 | Milan, Italy.      

2012:   “Monalisa Pavilion” | MadeExpo 2012 | Milan, Italy.                                                           

2007:   “Fractal Pavilion” | Bamboo Technologies | Kassel, Germany.                                                              


2018: “Weaving the Mashrabiya Pavilion” | University of Sharjah, UAE                                                                                    

2014: ‘FracShell’ | Morphogenesis Design Group | Politecnico di Torino, Italy                               

2013: ‘Brick-Shell’ | Morphogenesis Design Group | Politecnico di Torino, Italy                                    

2012: ‘Monalisa Pavilion’ | WoodLab | Politecnico di Torino, Italy                                                                  


2019: Session Chair - CAAD Futures, KAIST, South Korea

2016: Lecture - Dubai SciFest, 2016, Dubai, UAE                                                                                                                  

2015: Lecture - Department of Architecture, Sint Lucas Campus, KU Leuven, Brussels, Belgium                                         

2015: Lecture - Department of Architecture, The University of Notingham Ningbo, Ningbo, China                              

2012: Lecture and Mentor - WoodLab, Department of Architecture, Politecnico di Torino, Italy                                                               





Iasef Md Rian, ‘FracShell’. In: Fabio Bianconi and Marco Filippucci (Eds) Digital Wood Design: Innovative Techniques of Representation in Architectural Design. Springer International Publishing. 



Iasef Md Rian, Mario Sassone & Shuichi Asayama, ‘Nature-Inspired Fractal Geometry and Its Applications in Architectural Designs’. In: Alberto Ti Estevez (Ed) Biodigital Architecture and Genetics, 2nd Int. Conf. ACTAR D Publishing, New York.


Iasef Md Rian, ‘Multicultural Flexible Housing: Addressing the Need and Scope of Flexible Housing in Cosmopolitan Indian Cities’. In: Hanizam Awang (Ed) Re-Humanizing the Built Environment; Vol. 2, p 1246-1264.


Iasef Md Rian, “Fractal Pavilion”. In: D Greenberg, R Henrikson, and S Paudel (eds) Visionary Bamboo Designs for Ecological Living; Hawaii Bamboo Technologies, 2007; page 81.



Iasef Md Rian, ‘Surface Texture-Based Computational Morphogenesis of a Hyperbolic Paraboloid Shell Structure’, Nexus Network Journal. 20 (2), p437-458.  


Iasef Md Rian, Mario Sassone, Shuich Asayama, ‘From fractal geometry to architecture: a grid-shell design based on the Takagi-Landsber Surface’, Computer Aided Design. 98, 40-53, 2018



Iasef Md Rian, Shuich Asayama, ‘Computational Morphogenesis of a Nature-Inspired Canopy Structure usning the Concept of Self-Similar and Random Fractals’, Automation in Construction. Vol. 66, Issue 1, 43-58. 



Iasef Md Rian, Mario Sassone, ‘Fractal-Based Generative Design of Structural Trusses using the Iterated Function System’, International Journal of Space Structures. Vol. 29, Issue 4, 182-203.     



Iasef Md Rian, Mario Sassone, ‘Tree-Inspired Dendriforms and Fractal-Like Branching Structures in Architecture: A Brief Historical Overview’, Frontiers of Architectural Researches. Vol. 3, Issue 3, 298–323.



Mohd FaheemMuzaffar Ali, Iasef Md Rian, ‘A Wondrous Heritage Hub for Tourists: A Case of Fatehpur Sikri, India’. Asian Academic Research Journal of Multidisciplinary. Vol. 1, Issue 15, 226-237.



Iasef Md Rian, Dongkuk Chang, Jin-Ho Park, ‘Pop-Up Technique of Origamic Architecture for Post-Disaster Emergency Shelters’. Open House International, Vol. 33, Issue 1, 17–24. 



Iasef Md Rian, Dongkuk Chang, Jin-Ho Park, ‘Fractal Geometry as the Synthesis of Hindu Cosmology in Kandariya Temple, Khajuraho’. Building & Environment, Vol.42, Issue 12, 1–18. 





Iasef Md Rian, Humam Al Sebai, Salem Abdalla, “Weaving the Mashrabiya Pavilion’: A Mashrabiya-Inspired Pavilion Design based on Barycentric             Subdivision.” International Conference on Form and Forces, 2019: 60th IASS Annual Symposium – 8th Structural Membranes:  7 – 10               October, Barcelona, Spain.


Shuichi Asayama, Toshifumi Mae, Iasef Md Rian, Yuki Oshima, “Mechanical effect of arch element composition of a fractal hexagon dome and its extension”. International Conference on Form and Forces, 2019: 60th IASS Annual Symposium – 8th Structural Membranes:  7 – 10                 October, Barcelona, Spain.

Toshifumi Mae, Iasef Md Rian, “A generation of frame structure based on Koch curve and an application to spatial frame”. International Conference on Form and Forces, 2019: 60th IASS Annual Symposium – 8th Structural Membranes:  7 – 10 October, Barcelona, Spain.

Iasef Md Rian, “IFS-Based Computational Morphogenesis of a Hierarchical Trussed Beam”. CAAD Futures 2019: "Hello, Culture", June 2019. Daejeon, South Korea. 


Iasef Md Rian, “Fractal dimension based computational morphogenesis: An application in designing a randomly folded spatial structure.” IASS                 Annual Symposium 2017 - Interfaces:, September 2017. Hamburg, Germany. 


Guido Callegary, Iasef Md Rian, Antonio Spinelli, “Transforming Nature's Forest into Manmade Forest: Fractal‐Based Computational Morphogenesis Approach for a Dendriform Pavilion Design”. IASS 2015 Tokyo Colloquium on Bio-Based and Bio-Inspired Environmentally Compatible Structures, Tokyo, Japan.


Iasef Md Rian, Mario Sassone, “Fractal Shell Design using Iterated Function System”. IASS-SLTE 2014: International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures, Brasilia, Brazil.


Rajabzadeh S, Mario Sassone, Tomas E Mendez, Iasef Md Rian, “The BRICKSHELL Meditation Centre: A Collaborative Masonry Project”. IASS-SLTE 2014: International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures, Brasilia, Brazil.    ​



Guido Callegary, Iasef Md Rian, Antonio Spinelli, “Monalisa wood Pavillon: Optimization and Parametric Design by using Poplar Plywood Engineered Components”. ISCHP 2013: International Scientific Conf. on Hardwood, Florence, Italy.


Osello Anna, Acquaviva A, Iasef Md Rian, Rajabzadeh S,, “Multidisciplinary Team Activity using BIM and Interoperability: A PhD Course Experience at Politecnico di Torino”. Le vie dei Mercanti XI Forum Int. di Studi, Aversa-Capri, Italy.


Iasef Md Rian, Mario Sassone, “Tree-Inspired Architectural Structures and Fractal Geometry: A Brief Historical Overview of Dendriforms”. ATINER 2013: 3rd Annual International Conference on Architecture, Athens, Greece.



Iasef Md Rian, Mario Sassone, “Flexible Housing, a Healthy Housing: A Brief Discussion about the Merits of Flexibility in Designing Healthy Accommodation”. ABITARE 2012: 2nd International Conference on 'Inhabiting the Future', Napoli, Italy. 



Iasef Md Rian, “Multicultural Flexible Housing: Addressing the Need and Scope of Flexible Housing in Cosmopolitan Indian Cities”. ICBEDC 2011: 5th International Conference on Built Environment in Developing Countries, University Sains Malaysia, Malaysia. 


Iasef Md Rian, Ahn Hyung Uk, “Pop-Up Technique of Origamic Architecture for Post-Tsunami Deployable Shelters”. Architecture + Technology 2006: 6th International Symposium on Architectural Interchanges in Asia, Daegu, South Korea.


Ahn Hyung Uk, Iasef Md Rian, “Unique Local Culture & Regional Construction Technology in Louis I Kahn’s Two Works: Indian Institute of Management and Bangladesh National Capital Building”. Architecture + Technology 2006: 6th International Symposium on Architectural Interchanges in Asia, Daegu, S Korea. 



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