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Mehrdad strives to create designs that aid society, advance modern technology, sustain the environment and inspire the next generations of design professionals to improve our world. He has over 15 years of architecture, sustainability and urban design experience in professional practice and higher education.

Mehrdad’s understanding of sustainable architecture developed in the rich region of Persia and residing in London for many years where he worked extensively in current sustainable development. These experiences enabled his comprehensive understanding of contemporary issues and their potential resolutions.

In addition to teaching at a variety of levels and subjects within the architecture, sustainability and environmental design fields, Mehrdad offers consultation and advice to a range of air quality and environmental design related projects, both in the private and public sector. He is a member of IAQM, IES, and Scientific Committee Member of PLEA (Passive Low Energy Architecture). His work is regularly presented at conferences and symposia, including the London Build Sustainability Summit, the GermanU15, the International Scientific Conference on Technologies, UNESCO, at the Global Climate Change Conference, Turkey and the Conference on Disaster Resilience, Sri Lanka. His work has been selected for numerous publications including “Forgotten Space” organised by the RIBA and published by The Architects’ Journal, and his work at the Architecture Foundation where he has been awarded Winner of the Public Vote. 

Mehrdad’s doctoral studies at the University of Westminster focuses on the impact of dense urban form on microclimate and concentration of air pollution at pedestrian level. The results of his studies will suggest the most favourable urban form capable of mitigating air pollution concentration in urban areas and further reduce its adverse impacts on human health.

Research

Borna, M., Schiano-Phan, R., (2020). Improving Hyperlocal Air Quality in Cities Impact of vegetation on pollutants concentration at pedestrian level. the 35th International PLEA conference. 1-3 September 2020, Coruña, Spain. Available from shorturl.at/atwy8

Turci, G., Marchetti, M., Borna, M. Schiano-phan, R., (2019). The impact of urban morphology and vegetation on air quality. Ufficio Tecnico magazine, 2019 (10), pp. 9-14.

Borna, M. (2014). How microclimates have an impact on social interaction. In: Prof.Dr.Semra, A., eds, Global Climate Change. Istanbul, Turkey. 6–7 November 2013. Istanbul: Yildiz Technical University, 263-277

Borna, M. (2011). The fifth elevation, a forgotten space. In: Prof Amaratunga, D., Dr Haigh, R., Dr Keraminiyage, K., Dr Kulatunga, U., and Dr Pathirage, C., eds, International Conference on Building Resilience. Kandalama, Seri Lanka. 19-21 July 2011. Manchester: University of Salford, 5-8.

Borna, M. (2011). Bankside BikeShed Competition. Architects’ Journal, 233 (9), 9-11.

Borna, M. (2011). Forgotten spaces: proposal Hanging Garden. Architects’ Journal, Available from https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/archive/forgotten-spaces-2011-proposals-g-h

Pelsmakers, S., Borna, M., Konadu, A. (2010). Zero carbon housing in dense urban areas. In: Prof. Vetterli, M., eds, UNESCO Chair, International Scientific Conference on Technologies for Development. Lausanne, Switzerland. 8-10 February 2010. Lausanne: EPFL, 73-79.