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Saied Zarrinmehr

Email: zarrinmehr(at)


Saied Zarrinmehr's research interests mainly reside in the overlapping area between computation and design, namely: 

  • Building Information Modeling
  • Parametric Modeling
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computational Geometry
  • Automated Design/Evaluation Systems
  • Design Optimization
  • Pedestrian Dynamics and Crowd Simulation
  • Multi-Agent Systems and Artificial Intelligence 
  • Human Behavior Simulation
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Healthcare Research
  • Shape Grammar
  • Pattern Languages


  • Master of Computer Science, Texas A&M University, 2017
  • Ph.D. in Architecture, Texas A&M University, 2016
  • M.Arch, Yazd University,  Iran, 2005


  • Mark Clayton, Mohammad Rahmani Asl, Saied Zarrinmehr, Jawad Altabtabai, Chengde Wu, "AVPA Co-curricular Arts Grant", Texas A&M Univeristy, $10,000. Grant Period 2012-2013.


Journals and Conferences

  • Wu, C., Zarrinmehr, S., Rahmani Asl, M., & Clayton, M. (2015) Facilitating Fire Simulation Using Building Information Modeling, CAAD Futures, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Accepted for publication at Springer)
  • Zarrinmehr, S., Rahmani Asl, M., Clayton, M. J., & Booth, G. (2014). Topographic Representation of Pedestrian Cognition: Integrating the Impacts of Environmental Qualities to Plan Walking Paths. Paper presented at the Sixth International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition, University College London, London, UK.
  • Bunch, M., Zarrinmehr, S., Wu, C., & Clayton, M. J. (2014). Challenges with 3D Modeling and Printing Golden Star System. The International Society of the Arts, Mathematics, and Architecture (ISAMA), 27-34.
  • Bunch, M., Zarrinmehr, S., & Clayton, M. J. (2014). The Biomimicry Architecture Nexus: Experimental Golden Star System. Paper presented at the Second International Conference in Biodigital Architecture and Genetics, ETSA Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Clayton, M., Booth, G., Kim, J. B., & Zarrinmehr, S. (2014). The Fusion of BIM and Quadruple Net Value Analysis for Real Estate Development Feasibility Assessment. Paper presented at the eCAADe 2014 Conference, Northumbria University, UK.
  • Wu, C., Zarrinmehr, S., Rahmani Asl, M., Miranda, V., & Clayton, M. J. (2014). An Attempt to Automate the Creation of Building Information Model and Physical Model from GIS Data. Paper presented at the 18th GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference, Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Zarrinmehr, S., Rahmani Asl, M., Yan, W., & Clayton, M. J. (2013). Optimizing Building Layout to Minimize the Level of Danger in Panic Evacuation Using Genetic Algorithm and Agent-Based Crowd Simulation. Paper presented at the 20th International Workshop: Intelligent Computing in Engineering 2013, Vienna, Austria.
  • Zarrinmehr, S., Rodriguez, S., Al-Douri, F., Clayton, M., Giese, A., & Amato, N. (2013). Prototyping an Evidence-Based Evaluation System for Nursing Scenarios Using Agent-Based Modeling. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association, Providence, Rhode Island.
  • Clayton, M., Booth, G., Kim, J. B., & Zarrinmehr, S. (2013). Quadruple Net Value Analysis Using Building Information Modeling and Immersive Visualization. Paper presented at the Architectural Education and the Reality of the Ideal: Environmental Design for the Innovation in the Post-Crisis World, Nepal, Italy.
  • Rahmani Asl, M., Zarrinmehr, S., & Yan, W. (2013). Towards BIM-based Parametric Building Energy Performance Optimization. Paper presented at the ACADIA Cabridge, On, Canada.
  • Rodriguez, S., Giese, A., Amato, N., Zarrinmehr, S., Al-Douri, F., & Clayton, M. (2012). Environmental Effect on Egress Simulation. In M. Kallmann & K. Bekris (Eds.), Motion in Games (pp. 7-18): Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
  • Zarrinmehr, S. (2012). Axiomatic Design: Pattern Languages as Ideas to Think with. In H. Neis, G. Brown, J. Gurr & A. Schmidt (Eds.), Fall 2011 International PUARL Conference: Generative Process, Patterns, and the Urban Challenge (pp. 159-170). Portland, USA: PUARL Press.

Book Translations

  • Salingaros, N. A. (2006) Anti-Architecture and Deconstruction (Umbau-Verlag, Solingen, Germany)
  • Salingaros, N. A. (2005) A Theory of Architecture (Umbau-Verlag, Solingen, Germany)
  • Alexander, C. (1964) Notes on the Synthesis of Form (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts) 
  • Salingaros N. A. (2000) "The Structure of Pattern Languages" Architectural Research Quarterly, 4, pp. 149-161.


  • 2013, Scholarship, F. E. Giesecke 1886/P.M. Geren ’12 Endowed Scholarship in Architecture. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement and extracurricular activities.
  • 2012, Certificate of Appreciation, “Fifth International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition.” Acknowledged for Valuable Volunteer Support
  • 2012, Scholarship, Society of Iranian American Women for Education (SIAWE) Awarded in recognition of academic achievements.
  • 2011, Scholarship, F. E. Giesecke 1886/P.M. Geren ’12 Endowed Scholarship in Architecture. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement and extracurricular activities.
  • 2009, Awarded Books and Certificate of Appreciation, Department of Architecture, “Architecture Graduate Student Research Symposium”, Texas A&M University. Ranked as first graduate beginning student whose research poster and presentation evidenced outstanding topical quality, significance, innovation, method, appropriateness and graphic design. 
  • 2008, Certificate of Appreciation, Faculty of Arts and Architecture, University of Mazandaran, Iran. Acknowledged for teaching performance. 
  • 2001, Certificate of Appreciation, National Housing Convention, Faculty of Arts & Architecture, Yazd University, Iran. Recognized as second best research based on excellence of qualities, and demonstration of team work capacities.


Justified Graph and Proxemics Analysis

  • Extracts, draws and analyzes the J-Graph of a building layout in a semi-automatic way as a plug-in in Revit
  • Extracts and analyzes isovists 

Optimo: Multi-objective Optimization for Dynamo   

  • Optimizes multi-objective functions for BIM-based Performance Optimization (BPOpt) in Dynamo

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Simulation of Walking Scenarios  

  • Simulates mandatory and optional scenarios with respect to the influence of environmental factors as well as the interactions of the individuals with each other

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  • Evaluation of use-case scenarios in relation to environmental

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  • Converts ESRI shapefiles to a Revit models that inherits the information available in the attribute table of GIS data and parametrically stores them in BIM objects

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Façade Generation

  • Generates building facades for building mass families in Revit using a list of Parametric Shape Grammars

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Evacuation Safety

  • Simulates panic evacuation
  • Estimates the number injuries as well as fatalities

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  • Optimizes layouts for minimizing the rate of fatalities and injuries

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Spine and Rib Transformation

  • Adapts a two dimensional profile with a given axis to an irregular shape with the lowest possible deformation of the original profile



Design Software

  • Revit, AutoCAD, Rhino, ArchiCAD, Navisworks, 3DMax, ArcMap, Dynamo, Green Building Studio, SketchUp, Vasari, Unity3D, Processing, Depthmap

Programming Languages

  • C++, C#, Java, Python, Visual Basic, MATLAB, Prolog, and Database (SQL) Programming

Design Skills

  • Sustainable Design, Architectural Design, Urban Design, 

General Computer Software

  • Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Microsoft PowerPoint, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator