Dr Farzaneh Haghighi

PhD (USYD), MArch (SBU Tehran), BArch (YUAA Yazd)


Farzaneh Haghighi is a lecturer in Architecture (Theory and Criticism), at the School of Architecture and Planning, the University of Auckland. She holds a PhD in Architecture from The University of Sydney (Australia, 2015), MArch from Shahid Beheshti University (Iran, 2008) and BArch from Yazd University (Iran, 2005). 

Farzaneh has broad teaching experience in Iran and Australia. She has contributed to the architectural departments at the University of Sydney (USYD), the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in the areas of Design Studios and History/Theory as a tutor and invited critic. Being awarded a full scholarship (IPRS) by the University of Sydney, Farzaneh completed her PhD thesis “Bazaar as Event: An exploration of the Tehran bazaar through the Foucauldian notion of event” aimed for demonstrating that Foucault’s notion of event allows for the potential immanent in the Tehran bazaar (an Iranian marketplace) to be expressed as an alternative to the traditional sociopolitical and architectural discourses of this marketplace. Within such body of research, she extends her passion for the political role of architecture into her teaching and writing. 

As a researcher, her work is concerned with the intersection of political philosophy, architecture and urbanism. She has published on the political philosophy of Michel Foucault, George Bataille, Roland Barthes and Marc Augé. Her research seeks new avenues to enrich our creative analysis of complex built environments through investigating the implications of critical and cultural theory for architectural knowledge.

Her first book Is the Tehran Bazaar Dead? Foucault, Politics, and Architecture was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in late 2018. Farzaneh is the book-review editor for Fabrications: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) since October 2017. She is co-convenor of the 2019 Interstices Symposium: “Political Matters: Spatial Thinking of the Alternative” (Auckland, 18-19th July) and the co-editor of Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts (2020).


Teaching | Current

ARCHDES200: Design 3
ARCHHTC102/102GModern Architecture and Urbanism
ARCHGEN 714: Architecture and Political Philosophy

Postgraduate supervision

I supervise PhD, MArch(Prof) Thesis and MArch Research Thesis in my area of expertise that is the intersection of political philosophy and architecture. 




Areas of expertise

Political philosophy of Michel Foucault
Architecture and politics
Intersection of urban space and event
Iranian modern architecture and urbanism 
Architecture of the act of trade


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Haghighi, F. (2018). Is the Tehran Bazaar Dead? Foucault, Politics, and Architecture. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Pages: 303. Related URL.
  • Haghighi, F. (2018). Study. Be silent. Die: Indeterminate architecture and the dispositif of studentification. Journal for Cultural Research, 1-18. 10.1080/14797585.2018.1426477
  • Haghighi, F., Ardalan, N., Howard, D., & Sadek, N. (2017). Persian Kingship and Architecture: Strategies of Power in Iran from the Achaemenids to the Pahlavis (2015)& The Age of the Seljuqs (The Idea of Iran Vol. 6, 2015) [Book review]. International Journal of Islamic Architecture, 6 (2), 419-423. 10.1386/ijia.6.2.419_5
  • Haghighi, F. (2017). Architecture’s mourning skin. Paper presented at 2017 Interstices (Under Construction) symposium: Pattern Surface - A pursuit of material narratives, Auckland, New Zealand. 2 June - 4 June 2017. 2017 Interstices Under Construction symposium: Surface/Pattern: A pursuit of material narratives - Symposium brochure.
  • Haghighi, F. (2016). Eventulisation: Multiplying the faces of a polyhedron. Paper presented at The 16th annual meeting of the Foucault Circle, Sydney, Australia. 29 June - 2 July 2016.
  • Haghighi, F. (2016). Adoption and modification of modernism in a traditional context. School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland. 8 March - 17 May 2016. Related URL.
  • Haghighi, F. (2016). In the shadow of written history: An exploration of the Tehran bazaar as a non-place. In F. F. Arefian, S. H. I. Moeini (Eds.) Urban Change in Iran: Stories of Rooted Histories and Ever-accelerating Developments (pp. 19-30). Cham: Springer. 10.1007/978-3-319-26115-7_3
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32520
  • Haghighi, F. (2014). The Deployment of Death as an Event. Fabrications, 24 (1), 48-71. 10.1080/10331867.2014.901135
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32522

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 326
New Zealand

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