My name is Sepideh Karami. I am an architect and researcher currently doing my PhD at Umeå School of Architecture. I am graduated from Iran University of Science and Technology in Master of Architecture in 2001. Since then I have been involved in education, research and practice in architecture both independently and with several architecture offices, institutions and schools in Iran and internationally. In 2010 I achieved my second master in “Design for Sustainable Development” at Chalmers University in Sweden and in mid 2010 I started to work as a guest researcher at Umeå School of Architecture.
My PhD research –In Search of Utopia in the Silent Rebellion– starting from informality in urban spaces, focuses on the relation between formal and informal. Through revolutionary aesthetics it investigates what forms of emancipation emerge in the encounter of formal and informal world. It studies how practices of architecture enhance and mobilize these emancipating potentials through different forms of encounter, exchange and dialogue between social classes, to suggest a social and human alternative to the fragmented and segregated cities we are living in.