Rahman Azari

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Associate Professor, Architecture

Research Summary

Rahman Azari is an architect, an associate professor, and the founding director of the Resource and Energy Efficiency [RE2] Lab at Penn State Department of Architecture. Azari is also an affiliate researcher of Penn State's Institutes of Energy and the Environment. Prior to Penn State, Azari served as an assistant professor and the interim director of the Architecture Ph.D. program at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago.

Azari’s research focuses on life cycle environmental impacts of built environments, innovative building materials for energy production and carbon sequestration, building and urban energy and carbon efficiency, and data-driven models for urban sustainability. Azari is a recipient of the American Institute of Architects’ Upjohn Research Grant in 2018 and 2019 and the faculty sponsor to student winning entries at ACSA+AIA COTE Top Ten competitions in 2016 and 2017. In 2019, Azari was recognized as a ‘Researcher to Know’ by the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition. With a background in Architecture, Azari holds a Ph.D. in Built Environment from the University of Washington in Seattle.

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Recent Publications

Thermal and energy performance of algae bioreactive façades: A review

Talaei, M., Mahdavinejad, M. & Azari, R., Mar 2020, In: Journal of Building Engineering. 28, 101011.

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A data-driven framework for urban building operational energy use modeling

Abbasabadi, N. & Azari, R., 2019, In: Simulation Series. 51, 8, p. 71-77 7 p.

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An integrated data-driven framework for urban energy use modeling (UEUM)

Abbasabadi, N., Ashayeri, M., Azari, R., Stephens, B. & Heidarinejad, M., Nov 1 2019, In: Applied Energy. 253, 113550.

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Embodied energy of buildings: A review of data, methods, challenges, and research trends

Azari, R. & Abbasabadi, N., Jun 1 2018, In: Energy and Buildings. 168, p. 225-235 11 p.

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Training of Low-Literacy and Low-English-Proficiency Hispanic Workers on Construction Fall Fatality

Lin, K. Y., Lee, W., Azari, R. & Migliaccio, G. C., Mar 1 2018, In: Journal of Management in Engineering. 34, 2, 05017009.

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Integration Evaluation Framework for Integrated Design Teams of Green Buildings: Development and Validation

Azari, R. & Kim, Y. W., May 1 2016, In: Journal of Management in Engineering. 32, 3, 04015053.

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Multi-objective optimization of building envelope design for life cycle environmental performance

Azari, R., Garshasbi, S., Amini, P., Rashed-Ali, H. & Mohammadi, Y., Aug 15 2016, In: Energy and Buildings. 126, p. 524-534 11 p.

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