Ghazal Jafari

Ghazal Jafari is an architectural designer, urbanist and Doctor of Design student at the GSD. Her research is focused on the contemporary information and modeling technologies, their broader socio-political milieu, as well as their geographic imprints. Her interest lies in the agency of military-information complex and environmental management in transforming the urbanized landscape. As a counter discussion, her work seeks to inform the application of real-time information and simulation modeling in design processes.

Ghazal has been a member of Urban Theory Lab since 2013, when she started her research on resource extraction in the Arctic. The project continues to deal with the transformation of the Arctic lands and waters through militarization in pursuit of sovereignty and security of emerging Arctic economies. Ghazal is also Art Director and Editorial Coordinator of Implosions / Explosions (2014) edited by Neil Brenner.

Ghazal is Co-Founder of Op.N, an interdisciplinary design and research office based in Cambridge and Toronto. She holds a Master in Design Studies (MDes) in Urbanism, Landscape, and Ecology from Harvard GSD. She also holds two professional degrees in urbanism (MUD) and architecture (B.Arch) respectively from University of Toronto and Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran. Her work and writing have been featured in Azure, MONU, Harvard Design Magazine, and Domus.

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Ghazal swimming in Georgian Bay after 10k hiking with backpack (2014, Bruce Peninsula, Canada)