Graduate Architecture

Masoud Akbarzadeh

Masoud Akbarzadeh

Assistant Professor


Dr. Sc., SMArchs, MArch, M.Sc.,B.Sc.

Short Bio

Masoud Akbarzadeh is an Assistant Professor of Architecture in Structures and Advanced Technologies and the Director of the Polyhedral Structures Laboratory (PSL). He holds a PhD from the Institute of Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich, where he was a Research Assistant in the Block Research Group. He holds two degrees from MIT: a Master of Science in Architecture Studies (Computation) and an MArch, the thesis for which earned him the renowned SOM award. He also has a degree in Earthquake Engineering and Dynamics of Structures from the Iran University of Science and Technology and a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering. His main research topic is Three-Dimensional Graphical Statics, which is a novel geometric method of structural design in three dimensions. 

Research Interests

3D graphical statics using polyhedral reciprocal diagrams, graphical statics, structural form finding, computational design, architectural design, computational geometry, structural design, spatial structures, architectural geometry, polyhedral geometry, geometric optimization, digital fabrication techniques, infrastructural design, hydraulic design, applied mathematics, graph theories.


Polyhedral Structures Laboratory
Meyerson Hall G19 
210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia


    3D graphic statics using reciprocal polyhedral diagrams

Work and Research
CGI of framework
Principal investigator: Masoud Akbarzadeh 
Research team: Mohammad Bolhassani, Ali Tabatabai Ghomi, Andrei Nejur