HESSAM GHAMARI, PhD

CO-FOUNDER AND CEO

Dr. Hessam Ghamari co-founder and CEO of Interdisciplinary Design Organization (IDO), is an Associate Professor of Interior Design for the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Dr. Ghamari has more than 15+ years working as an architect and an interior designer in Iran and the United States. He has experience working on healthcare, hospitality, commercial, and residential projects. Prior to his appointment at CSUN, Dr. Ghamari taught at Appalachian State University for four years. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Interior Design in 2014 from Texas Tech University. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences on environmental psychology, evidence-based design, and healthcare design. The decision-making process in the interior design discipline should take the physiological and psychological needs of the people. Dr. Ghamari’ s design philosophy revolves around providing healthy and humanistic environments that can positively impact its users–to improve the quality of life of people in different settings. This attests to his interests in interdisciplinary approaches to improve health and well-being outcomes in healthcare environments. His design philosophy revolves around providing healthy and humanistic environments that can positively impact the users of those environments. From his perspective, design can significantly improve the health and well-being of the user of the environment.

NASRIN GOLSHANY

CO-FOUNDER AND CEO

Nasrin Golshany، co-founder and CEO of Interdisciplinary Design Organization (IDO), is a PhD candidate at the Department of Architecture at the University of Oregon. She also serves as a graduate employee (research assistant) at the High-Performance Environments Lab (HiPE). Her research works focus on understanding the relationship between the built environment and health outcomes. She is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to improve health and well-being outcomes in healthcare environments. She holds a master degree in Landscape Architecture from Shahid Beheshti University. She is currently working on evidence-based healthcare design with a main focus on the role of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in enhancing and improving quality of life for elderly people in assisted living facilities (ALFs).