Reza Amindarbari

Reza Amindarbari

Reza Amindarbari

PhD Candidate

Email: raminda@ncsu.edu
  • Master of Urban Design, University of Michigan
  • Master of Architectural Technology, University of Tehran
  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Tehran

Reza is completing a PhD in Design at North Carolina State University, with a co-major in Forestry and Environmental Resources (in the Geospatial Analytics concentration), and a minor in Statistics. His research interests include urban design, urban morphology, geospatial analytics, land change modeling, history of urban form, and in general, the relationship between city form and its environmental and socio-economic performances. His PhD dissertation is focused on developing a non-deterministic land-tax-based framework for land-use planning as an alternative to conventional zoning. Developing and using an agent-based land change model, his PhD research explores how the spatial distribution of land use and density changes under different land tax policies and design scenarios.

Prior to starting his PhD, Reza was a researcher at City Form Lab at Singapore University of Technology and Design, and MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. At MIT DUSP, he collaborated on the Making the Clean Energy City in China project for developing a neighborhood scale Energy Proforma. During his time at City Form Lab, he collaborated on several projects, including the World Bank’s initiatives for establishing City Planning Labs in Indonesian Cities, and for Measuring Urban Expansion and Transformation in East Asia and Pacific Regions.

Reza holds a Master of Urban Design from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Architectural Technology and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tehran. He has been practicing architecture and urban design since 2003 and taught at Wentworth Institute of Technology and North Carolina State University.


Metropolitan Form Analysis toolbox for ArcGIS:
Metropolitan Form Analysis toolbox for ArcGIS computes a series of metrics that describe the spatial footprint and land-use pattern of a city: Coverage, Polycentricity, Compactness, Discontiguity, Expandability and Land-use mix. Metropolitan Form Analysis toolbox for ArcGIS can be downloaded through City Form Lab’s website. The detailed specification of the metrics can be found in a paper that Reza Amindarbari presented at the Urban Affair Association Conference in San Francisco in 2013 (http://media.voog.com/0000/0036/2451/files/20130320_final.pdf) and in a preceding World Bank report — which are also available at the City Form Lab’s web site.