Narjes Abbasabadi


My name is Narjes Abbasabadi. I'm from Chicago. I go to the Illinois Institute of Technology where I am a Ph.D. Architecture candidate.

What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?

Quality of the built environment is important because it has the most potential for energy-efficiency improvements across communities in the city.

What exciting projects/research are you working on now?

My research focuses on developing an integrated hybrid empirical-simulation based framework and tool for urban energy use modeling (UEUM) that captures different components of the urban scale energy use (including building operational, embodied, and transportation) and correlates it with urban key form attributes. Apart from my doctoral research, I am an architect at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture where I have been involved in several sustainable projects.

What are your plans for the next five years?

After finishing my Ph.D. program, I intend to work on publishing my research. In five years, I would like to become an architect and researcher with deep experience in sustainability.

What made you want to apply to SISE?

I applied to SISE because I am eager to develop my knowledge about sustainability and meet peers in the field.

What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?

Since I live in Chicago, I'm most looking forward to meeting my SISE team in Chicago.

Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?

I am a dog person but I like cats.