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Nastaran Shishegar

Assistant Professor
Design Studies Department; Interior Architecture Major
Office 3146
(608) 261-1003
“We should attempt to bring nature, houses, and human beings together in a higher unity.”

–Ludwig Mies van der Rohe


I am an architect, lighting designer, researcher, and educator. I received my Ph.D. in architecture with human-centric and ecological design concentration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2020. My multidisciplinary research interest domains in the broad field of sustainability and concentrates on the dynamic interactions between smart buildings and humans. My research tends to transform the design strategies of interior architecture through integration of emerging smart technologies with environmental considerations and human needs. My recent research specifically focused on the potential of smart illumination systems to promote indoor environmental quality in living spaces. This research resulted in developing human-centered sustainable lighting with smart tunable white lights that improved sleep, mood, and cognitive performance in older adults.

I have authored several papers that have been published and presented in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conferences, such as Energy and Buildings, Sleep Medicine, Innovation in Aging, and International Journal of Constructed Environment. As an architect and lighting designer, I have been involved in many national and international projects, encompassing architecture, sustainable design, and lighting design and collaborated with industry-leading design firms such as HOK, Wight & Co., LJC, and Calyco.

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PhD, Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Master of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MS, Architectural Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology
BS, Architectural Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology



Interior Architectural Design (DS223)

Environmental Control Systems (DS549)

Interior Design IV (DS623)

Shishegar, N., Boubekri, M., Rogers, W., Stine-Morrow, E. and Yi, Y., (2020). Therapeutic Lighting Design to Decrease Depression in Older Adults, In Proceeding of Association of Collegiate of Architecture (ACSA) 108 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA: Association of Collegiate of Architecture.

Shishegar, N. and Boubekri, M. (2019). Tuning Environmental Lighting to Improve Sleep Quality and Cognitive Performance in Older Adults, Innovation in Aging, 3 (1), 659 – 660, https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igz038.2443

Boubekri, M., Lee, J., and Shishegar, N. (2017). Daylighting, Health and Sleep Quality in the Office Work Environment, Sleep Medicine, 40 – 41, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sleep.2017.11.113

Shishegar, N. and Boubekri, M. (2017). Quantifying Electrical Energy Savings in Offices through Installing Daylight Responsive Control Systems in Hot Climates, Energy and Buildings, 153, 87 98, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2017.07.078

Boubekri, M., Shishegar, N., Khamma, R. (2016). Sustainability with Health in Mind: A Case for Daylighting, International Journal of Constructed Environment, Vol. 8 (2), 57-70.