Dr Farzaneh Haghighi
PhD (USYD), MArch (SBU Tehran), BArch (YUAA Yazd)
Farzaneh Haghighi is a lecturer in Architecture (History, 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 was the book-review editor for Fabrications: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) for two years between 2017-2019. She co-convened the 2019 Interstices Symposium: “Political Matters: Spatial Thinking of the Alternative” (Auckland, 18-19th July) and is the co-editor of Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts (2020).
Farzaneh is the co-editor of forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics (Volume I, 2021 and Volume II, 2022). Volume one will address the ways in which architecture and urban space are oppressed by, struggle against, operate within, or are constructed by politics. Volume II will explore the political role of architecture and urban space in terms of the ways through which they can be transformed, and alternative political realities anticipated.
Teaching | Current
ARCHHTC102/102G: Modern Architecture and Urbanism
ARCHDES200: Design 3 (Domestic Architecture)
ARCHDES200: Design 4 (Architecture and Realization)
ARCHGEN 714: Architecture and Political Philosophy
I am specifically interested in supervising PhD thesis, MArch(Prof) thesis or MArch research thesis that engage with the political role of architecture and urban space.
- 2016: Wei Shen, MArch(Research), "Residential Building Group’s Space in the Comprehensive Aging Community", Co-Supervisor with Patricia Austin.
As main/sole supervisor of Master of Architecture (Professional) Thesis:
- 2017: Madumal Gunaratna, “Formless Multitudes: An Interrogation of the Dictated Democracy of Public Space”.
- 2017: Natasha Trumic, “To Dement: Architecture of Empathy”.
- 2018: Benedictus Darryl Suryadi, "Empty Ascension: Envisioning a Dystopian Design".
- 2018: Benjamin Satterthwaite, "House [?] of Cards".
- 2019: Jamikorn Charoenphan, "Are you still watching? Big data's eye on architecture".
- 2019: Joseph Ravlich, "Who am I? An exploration of the spatial expression of self".
- 2019: Vinayak Garg, "Masculinity and Materiality", Main/Sole Supervisor.
- 2019: Justin Baek, " Mansion of Crime: Simulated Space of Fear and Information".
- 2019: Aqib Ansari, " A Beacon Towards Change: A Contemporary Mosque in Auckland".
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
Director of PhD Applicants for Admission in Architecture, 2020.
BA Architectural History, Theory and Criticism Stream Leader, Sem1, 2019.
Coordinator Master of Architecture (Professional), Mid-year-starts, Thesis Programme, 2017-19.
Member of/Reviewer for the Research Committee at the School of Architecture and Planning, 2019.
Director of External Engagement Committee at the School of Architecture and Planning, 2017.
Co-director of Public Lecture Series, 2016-17.
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Haghighi, F. (2020). Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in Iran: Tradition, Modernity and the Production of “Space-in-Between” by M.Reza Shirazi (Springer, 2018) [Book Review]. Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 30 (2), 139-142. 10.1080/10331867.2020.1706126
- Bahmanteymouri, E., & Haghighi, F. (2020). Airbnb as an ephemeral space: Towards an analysis of a digital heterotopia. In S. Ferdinand, I. Souch, D. Wesselman (Eds.) Heterotopia and globalisation in the twenty-first century. London, UK: Routledge. Related URL.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elham Bahmanteymouri
- Haghighi, F. (2019). Cities in global capitalism. By Ugo Rossi [Book Review]. Urban Policy and Research, 37 (4), 493-495. 10.1080/08111146.2019.1663891
- Sharma, K., & Haghighi, F. (2019). Foucault and the city: Formation of the ‘Other’. Paper presented at 2019 Interstices Under Construction symposium: Political Matters: Spatial Thinking of the Alternative, Auckland, New Zealand. 18 July - 19 July 2019. Political Matters: Spatial Thinking of the Alternative: Interstices 2019. Related URL.
- 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. (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.