Hessam Ghamari

First Name: 
Hessam
Last Name: 
Ghamari
Department: 
Applied Design
Position: 
Interior Design
Department Rank: 
Assistant Professor
Phone: 
828-262-7570
Fax: 
828-265-8696
Office: 
Katherine Harper Hall 42
Education: 
  • 2011-2014 - Ph.D., Environmental Interior Design, Department of Design, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA
  • 2011-2013 - M.S., Interior Design, Department of Design Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA
  • 2008-2011 - M.Arch., Architecture, School of Architecture & Environmental Design Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran
  • 2003-2008 - B.Arch., Architecture, School of Architecture & Environmental Design Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran

Academic Appointments:

  • 2014-Present -  Assistant Professor, Interior Design Program, Department of Applied Design Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA
  • 2013-2014 - Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Design, College of Human Sciences Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA
  • 2011-2014 - Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Design, College of Human Sciences Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA
  • 2009-2011 - Adjunct Professor, Department of Architecture, School of Fine and Applied Arts Payam-E- Noor University, Parand, Tehran, Iran
Teaching Specialties: 
  • Healthcare Design
  • Evidence-Based Design
  • Environment and Behavior
  • Sustainable Design
  • Retail Design and Visual Merchandising
Professional Affiliations or Organizations: 
  • LEED Green Associate [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Green Associate Accredited Professional, GBCI#: 10861464], USGBC
  • Registered Architect, Iranian Organization of Building Engineer Board

Honors and Awards:

  • EDRAite of the Month, Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), 2015.
  • Instructor of students' winners, PAVE International Retail Design Competition, 2016.
  • Instructor of students' winners, Cooper Source Awards International Lighting Design Competition, 2015-2016.
  • Instructor of students' winners, Otto- Zenke (ASID Carolina Chapter) Interior Design Competition, 2015.
  • Graduate Student of the Year, 2013, College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University.
  • Awarded as the Second Top Graduate Student, Architecture and Environmental Design Department, Iran University of Science and Technology, 2010.
  • Awarded as the Best Researcher, Architecture and Environmental Design Department, Iran University of Science and Technology, 2010.

Student Awards & Teaching Recognition:

  • Elizabeth Hundley [First Place, $5,000] of PAVE Store Design, (Retail Design Competition), New York, 2017.
  • Emma White [First Place, $5,000] of PAVE Visual Merchandizing, (Retail Design Competition), New York, 2017.
  • Katherine Taylor [Second Place, $2,500] of PAVE Visual Merchandizing, (Retail Design Competition), New York, 2017.
  • Rebecca Ballard [Third Place, $1,500] of PAVE Visual Merchandizing, (Retail Design Competition), New York, 2017.
  • Megan Everhart [Honorable Mention, $1,500] of Source Awards, (Lighting Design Competition), San Diego, CA, 2016.
  • Kaitlin Hutchens [Honorable Mention, $1,500] of Source Awards, (Lighting Design Competition), San Diego, CA, 2016.
  • Hazel Chang [Honorable Mentioned,$1,500] of Source Awards, (Lighting Design Competition), New York, 2015.
  • Hazel Chang, [First Place,$1,000] of Otto-Zenke Interior Design Competition, (ASID, NC Chapter), Highpoint, NC, 2015.
  • Claire Druga, [Second Place, $750] of Otto-Zenke Interior Design Competition, (ASID, NC Chapter), Highpoint, NC, 2015.
Research Interests: 
  • Wayfinding in Healthcare Environments
  • Evidence-Based Healthcare Design
  • Neuroscience and Architecture
  • Sustainable Design and Environmental Control Systems
  • Retail Design and Visual Merchandising

Research Grants:

  • Examining Eye-fixations of Residents with Alzheimer's disease during Wayfinding in Nursing Home Facilities
    Sponsor: National Institute of Aging (NIA), pending, 2016
  • Quality of Life in Assisted Living Facilities: Identification of the Outdoor Attributes as Influential Factors of Therapeutic Environment
    Sponsored by University Research Council, Appalachian State University, 2016
  • Examining Eye Fixation During Wayfinding in Unfamiliar Healthcare Environments
    Sponsored by University Research Council, Appalachian State University, 2015
Publications: 
  • Ghamari, H., & Pati, D., Examining Eye-fixations during Wayfinding in Unfamiliar Indoor Environments. Journal of Environment and Behavior (2016, under review).
  • Ghamari, H., & Amor, C., The Impact of Color on the HealthCare Environment: A Growing Body of Evince-Based Design, Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, 4, 11, USA.
  • Ghamari, H., Norouzian, S., & Hwang Shin. S., Architectural Factors of Perceived Space Attractiveness in Subway Stations (Case Study: Tehran Subway Stations). Journal of Tunneling and Underground Space Technology (under review, 2016).
  • Pati, D. Ghamari, H. O'Boyle, M., Hou, J, Nanda, U, Ghamari, H, Can Hospital Form Trigger Fear Response?, Health Environments Research and Design Journal (HERD), 2016.
  • Ghamari, H., & Amor, C., An evidence-based design approach to improving social interactions in subway stations, Journal of civil Engineering and architec- ture, Libertyville, Illinois, USA, Issue 8 (2014).
  • Nanda, U., Pati, D., Ghamari, H., & Bajema, R., Lessons from Neuroscience: Form Follows Function; Emotions Follow Form, Intelligent Buildings International (2014).
  • Ghamari, H., & Mardomi, K., Architectural requirements toward improved social interaction in Tehran metro stations, Research- Scientific Journal of Urban Management, Tehran, Iran, 27, 2 (2011).
  • Ghamari, H., & Mardomi, K., Evaluation the architectural parameters in users' satisfaction in Tehran metro stations, Research- Scientific Journal of utopian city, Tehran, Iran, 8, 1 (2011).
  • Ghamari. H. Quality of Life in Assisted Living Facilities: Identification of the Outdoor Attributes as Influential Factors of Therapeutic Environments, Design and Health, 12th World Congress, Vienna, Austria (July 2017, accepted).
  • Ghamari. H., Dickert. S, & Clauss. E. Wayfinding in Unfamiliar Indoor Health- care Environments: An Evidence Based Design Approach Using Gaze-Tracking Technology, Design and Health, 12th World Congress, Vienna, Austria (July 2017, accepted).
  • Ghamari. H. Identification of the Outdoor Attributes as Influential Factors of Therapeutic Environments on Quality of Life of Residents in Assisted Living Facilities, Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA 48), International Conference, Madison, Wisconsin (May 2017, accepted).
  • Ghamari. H. & Dickert. S. Investigation of Environmental Attributes of Wayfinding in Unfamiliar Indoor Healthcare Environments, Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), National Conference, Chicago, Illinois (March 2017, accepted).
  • Domermuth. D., Ghamari. H., & Cook. M. Practicality of Creative Design: Innovative Teaching Strategies of Profit Analysis for Applied Design Projects, Eleventh International Conference on Design Principles & Practices, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (March 2017, accepted).
  • Ghamari. H., & Dickert. S. Beyond CIDA Standards: Observation of the Impact of Effective Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Design Studio, Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), National Conference, Chicago, Illinois (March 2017, accepted).
  • Ghamari. H., Clauss. E., Dickert. S., & Sullivan. C. Evidence based Design (EBD) Approach to Interior Design, Identification of Eye-Fixations in Indoor Environments, App State Tech for Teach Fair, Boone, North Carolina, (February 2017, accepted).
  • Ghamari. H., Clauss. E., & Sullivan. C. The Role of Interior and Architectural Design in Improving the Quality of Life of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) Patients in Nursing Home Facilities, 15th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, (January 2017).
  • McKenzie. M., & Ghamari. H. Wayfinding in Unfamiliar Healthcare Environments, State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium (SNCURC), North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina (November 2016).
  • Ghamari. H., Clauss. E., & Sullivan. C. The Role of Therapeutic Environments in Improving the Quality of Life of Patients with Alzheimer's Disease in Care Facilities, Interior Design Educators Council South Regional, Murfreesboro, Tennessee (October 2016).
  • Ghamari. H., Curti. E., McKenzie, M., & Dickert. S. Visual Environmental Attributes/Elements of Wayfinding in Unfamiliar Healthcare Environments, Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA 47), International Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina (May 2016).
  • Ghamari. H.,& Noruzian. S. Architectural Factors of Perceived Space Attractiveness in Subway Stations (Case Study: Tehran Subway Stations), Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA 47), International Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina (May 2016).
  • Ghamari. H. Wandering Eyes: Using Gaze-Tracking Technology to Capture Eye Fixation in Unfamiliar Environments, Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), South Regional, Charleston, South Carolina (Nov 2015).
  • Ghamari. H., & Pati, D, Examining Eye Fixations during Wayfinding in Unfamiliar Environments, Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA 46), International Conference, Los Angeles, California (May 2015).
  • Ghamari. H, An Evidence based design approach to Wayfinding in healthcare environments, 13th Annual International Conference on Art and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, (January 2015)
  • Ghamari. H., & Pati, D, Visual Environmental Attributes Contributing to Wayfinding in Unfamiliar Environments. Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), National Conference, Fort Worth, Texas (March 2015).
  • Pati, D., O'Boyle M., Nanda. U., Hathorn, K., & Ghamari, H., Curved versus Sharp: An fMRI-Based Examination of Neural Reactions to Contours in the Built Healthcare Environment, Healthcare Design Conference, International Conference, San Diego, California (November, 2014).
  • Pati, D., O'Boyle M., Nanda. U., Hathorn, K., & Ghamari, H., An fMRI-Based Exploration of Neural Correlates of the 'Formal' Environmental Attributes of Healthcare Settings, Annual Conference of Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, International Conference, San Diego (September 2014).
  • Pati, D., O'Boyle M., Nanda, U., Hathorn, K., Bajema. Robyn, & Ghamari, H., Do Curves Matter? An fMRI-Based Examination of Neural Reactions to Contours, Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA 45), International Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (2014).
  • Ghamari, H., & Haq, S., Artworks Landmarks Positioning as Route Selection Predictors, Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA 45), International Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (2014).
  • Ghamari, H., & Haq, S., Landmarks, Artworks Positioning, and Route Selection, Enhancing Lives through Arts & Health: 25th Anniversary Conference & Celebration, National Conference, Houston, Texas (2014).
  • Ghamari, H., & Haq, S., Place Attachment in Assisted Living Facilities, Enhancing Lives Through Arts & Health: 25th Anniversary Conference & Celebration, National Conference, Houston, Texas. (2014).
  • Ghamari, H., & Gaines, K., Environmental Indicators of Place Attachment in Assisted Living Facilities, Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA 45), International Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (2014).
  • Ghamari, H., & Amor, C., Navigation Problems in Emergency Departments, Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), Southwest Conference, Norman, Oklahoma (2013).
  • Pati, Debajyoti, O'Boyle, M., Amor, C., Valipoor, S., & Ghamari, H. Exploring Neural Correlates of the Sky View, Accepted for publishing and presentation of 44th International Conference on Environmental Design (EDRA44), Providence, Rhode Island (2013).
  • Ghamari, H., & Mardomi, K. Architectural Requirements for Improving Social Interactions in Subway Stations: An Evidence Based Design Approach, Accepted for publishing and presentation of 44th International Conference on Environ- mental Design (EDRA44), International Conference, Providence, Rhode Island (2013).
  • Ghamari, H., & Amor, C., the Impact of Color on the HealthCare Environment: A Growing Body of Evince-Based Design, 7th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Chiba, Japan (2013).
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Hessam Ghamari