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Iasef Md Rian

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Dr. Iasef Md Rian is an architect, educator and a design researcher focusing on computational design, geometry-based structural design and optimization, and fractal geometry. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and Design at Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), China since 2019. Prior to joining XJTLU, he was teaching at the University of Sharjah in U.A.E. as an assistant professor. Dr. Iasef holds a PhD in Architecture and Design from Politecnico di Torino, Italy. He has been a member of several professional organizations in the disciplines of architecture (Council of Architecture, India), mathematics (ISGG), structure (IASS), and computer aided design (ACADIA, CAADRIA). He is active in organizing and mentoring design workshops mainly for pavilion structure design. Some of his workshop pavilions were exhibited in prestigious international design events such as MadeExpo 2012, 2013 in Milan and Dubai Design Week 2018 in Dubai. Dr. Iasef is also a regular reviewer of some well-known international architectural journals, such as Automation in Construction, Computer Aided Design, Frontiers of Architectural Research, etc. Dr. Iasef founded his own architectural studio 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, he also designed and coordinated several 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. In June 2019, he was the winner of international design competition ASCENSION: Zagreb Observation Tower.

Research interests

Computational and Advanced Digital Design in Architecture

Parametric Structures and Optimzation

Performance-Based Design in Built Environment

Fractals and Rule-Based Geometry in Architectonic Design

Computer Applications in Architectural Design

Digital Fabrication Advanced Construction


2019 - present: Associate Professor, Xian 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


Module Coordinator, ARC207 - Building Typology in Integrated Architectural Design (B.Eng. Architecture)

Tutor, ARC001 - Explore Architecture Visual Culture (B.Eng. Architecture)

Module Coordinator, ARC202 - Structural Design (B.Eng. Architecture)

Module Coordinator, ARC301 - Architectural Technology (B.Eng. Architecture)

Module Coordinator, ARC104 - Structures and Materials (B.Eng. Architecture)

Module Coordinator, ARC112 - Architectural Technology and Innovation (B.Eng. Architecture)

Tutor, ARC305 - Small and Medium Scale Buildings (B.Eng. Architecture)

Module Coordinator, ARC404 - Design Studio 2 (Master of Architectural Design)

Module Coordinator, ARC111 - Integrated Design of Small Buildings (B.Eng. Architecture)

ARC207 - Building Typology in Integrated Architectural Design (B.Eng. Architecture)

ARC104 - Structures Materials (B.Eng. Architecture)

ARC301 - Architectural Technology (B.Eng. Architecture)

ARC404 - Design Studio 2 (M.Arch.)

ARC205 - Design and Building Typology (B.Arch.)

ARC202 - Structural Design (B.Engg. Architecture)

ARC111 - Integrated Design of Small Buildings (B.Eng. Architecture)

ARC001 - Explore Architecture and Visual Culture (B.Arch.)

Awards and honours

2019: Winner | International Design Competition ‘ASCENSION: Zagreb Observation Tower’ | Croatia

2018: Selected Exhibited | Design Installation Call for Dubai Design Week 2018, Dubai Design District | U.A.E.

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

2012: Borsa di Dottorato | Politecnico di Torino | Italy

2013: International Mobility Scholarship | Politecnico di Torino | Italy

2012: Milan Scholarship | Parametric Camp | Italy

2005: Jungseok International Scholarship | Inha University | South Korea

2006: Korean Research Fellowship | Korean Research Foundation | South Korea

2006: Teaching Assistantship | Inha University | South Korea

2007: Finalist | International Bamboo Design Competition | Hawaii, USA

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

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D. in Architecture & Building Design, Politecnico di Torino, Italy - 2015

M.E. in Architecture, Inha University, South Korea - 2007

B.Arch., Aligarh Muslim University, India - 2005

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