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Current Graduate Assistants

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Seyedmohammad Ahmadshahi

Master of Architecture + Health Student

Mohammad Ahmadshahi is a Master’s student in the Architecture + Health program. He holds an M.S. degree in Healthcare Facilities Design from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST). For his thesis project, Mohammad worked to develop a modular post-disaster field hospital. He has specialized in architectural detailing for mobile healthcare facilities and in general, modular architecture. Mohammad’s goal is to make an accredited design language for modular healthcare, in which every healthcare facility can upgrade its hybrid structural-mechanical modules any time a newer specialized version becomes available. He works as a research assistant to Dr. Anjali Joseph for The Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing.

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Sara Kennedy

Doctoral Student

Sara Kennedy is a doctoral student at Clemson University in the Planning, Design and Built Environment program with a focus on Architecture + Health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Michigan State University, and is looking to expand her research in healthcare environments and the complex relationships between user and space. She works as a Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. Anjali Joseph for The Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing.

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Swati Goel

Doctoral Student

Swati Goel is a doctoral student at Clemson University in the Planning, Design and Built Environment program with a focus on Architecture + Health. She holds a Master of Science in Architectural Design and Research from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. For her capstone project, she investigated user behavior in designed spaces, researching “Spaces to de-stress using architectural design and research.” After graduating from Michigan in 2018, she worked as an architectural designer for two years while working towards her architectural licensure. She also has a Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India. Swati developed an interest in the Built Environment + Health from her observations as an architect, and the general lack of physical spaces that address stress in daily life. She argues that research in architectural design lacks focus on mental illnesses as a mandatory parameter for the design of spaces.

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Kassie Landvay

Master of Architecture + Health Student

Kassie Landvay is a first-year Master’s student in the Architecture + Health program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. After working as a designer in residential architecture following her graduation from Virginia in 2019, she joined Clemson’s A+H program to expand her knowledge and understanding of how the principals of healthcare design apply to all specialties and divisions of architecture. She works as a Graduate Lab Assistant in the Architecture + Health program and joined The Center for Health Facilities Design & Testing (CHFDT) in Spring 2021 with an anticipated graduation in Spring 2022.

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Devi Soman

Doctoral Student

Devi Soman is a doctoral student in the Planning, Design and Built Environment program with a focus on Architecture+ Health, as well as a Graduate Assistant to Dr. Anjali Joseph at the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing. She secured a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Architecture from Mumbai University in 2010 and 2012 respectively as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital and Healthcare Management from Symbiosis International University in 2013. She has worked as an architect in India since 2010. Her personal and professional experience led to her intrigue in Healthcare Design. Her work through her academic and professional life focuses on different aspects of healthcare design, most recently being diagnostic centers in public healthcare facilities in India. She acquired the EDAC certification in 2020 and her interest in healthcare design for emergent nations continues to propel her journey within the academic realm.

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Mina Shokrollahi Ardekani

Doctoral Student

Mina Shokrollahi Ardekani is a doctoral student at Clemson University in the Planning, Design and Built Environment program focusing on Architecture and Health. She holds a Master of Science in Architectural Design from the Istanbul Technical University. For her thesis, she examined the spatial perception of individuals with autism and the impact of spatial elements on their cognitive mapping process. After graduation, she moved to Sweden in 2019 and joined The Centre for Healthcare Architecture at Chalmers University of Technology as a project assistant. Currently, she works as a research assistant at The Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing (CHFDT) within Clemson University.

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Monica Gripko

Doctoral Student

Monica Gripko is a doctoral student in Clemson University's Planning, Design, and the Built Environment program with a concentration in Architecture and Health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a minor in Sociology and a Master of Architecture from SUNY University at Buffalo. While in Buffalo, she worked as a research assistant at the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access and conducted a thesis study on individual personalization in suburban housing communities. Post-graduation, she worked as an architectural designer in Pittsburgh for several years before joining the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing as a Graduate Research Assistant.