Lena Tahere Golgolnia

PhD Researcher

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Engineering Design Center (EDC)

TU Dresden, Germany

Chair of Social and Health Care Buildings and Design

Lena Tahere Golgolnia

PhD Researcher

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Engineering Design Center (EDC)

TU Dresden, Germany

Chair of Social and Health Care Buildings and Design

Lena is a multidisciplinary designer who, in addition to possessing design skills, has hands-on and practical expertise in information technologies, including full-stack skills in software development and data analysis focused on their usage in her design activities. Lena has also been actively working on the utilization of Systems Engineering (SE), including Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) with the aim of computational modelling in design. She has also developed software-driven solutions for design assessment relying on computational modelling. Furthermore, she goes through the complete cycle of developing eXtended Reality (XR) environments, from conceptualization to application development in Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR).

Lena Tahere Golgolnia

PhD Researcher

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Engineering Design Center (EDC)

TU Dresden, Germany

Chair of Social and Health Care Buildings and Design

Lena is a multidisciplinary designer who, in addition to possessing design skills, has hands-on and practical expertise in information technologies, including full-stack skills in software development and data analysis focused on their usage in her design activities. Lena has also been actively working on the utilization of Systems Engineering (SE), including Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) with the aim of computational modelling in design. She has also developed software-driven solutions for design assessment relying on computational modelling. Furthermore, she goes through the complete cycle of developing Extended Reality (XR) environments, from conceptualization to application development in Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR).

Lena, a multidisciplinary designer, possesses design skills along with practical expertise in information technologies, including full-stack skills in software development and data analysis focused on their usage in design. She actively employs Systems Engineering (SE), including Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), for computational modelling. Additionally she goes through the entire cycle of Extended Reality (XR) environment development, from conceptualization to application development in Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR). Lena’s PhD, publications, and professional activities are focused on the fused Design-Tech-Computing style. She works on fusing technological and computational methods in architecture so that the environment’s design more accurately and effectively aligns with the needs of people.

Lena’s PhD, publications, and professional activities are focused on the fused Design-Tech-Computing style. She works on fusing technological and computational methods in architecture so that the environment’s design more accurately and effectively aligns with the needs of people.

Academic journey

Lena completed her PhD in the Engineering Design Center (EDC) at Cambridge University in the UK under the supervision of Professor P John Clarkson, the director of EDC, and with the consultancy of Dr. Timoleon Kipouros. Lena also had the supervision of Professor Gesine Marquardt from TU Dresden (Technische Universität Dresden) in Germany. Additionally, there was collaboration with the Technical University of Vienna in Austria. Each of these supports played a significant role in different aspects of Lena’s multidisciplinary PhD.

The primary goal of Lena’s PhD was to develop a web-based and software-driven solution based on computational modeling to enable designers to assess healthcare facility designs. The software provides designers with quantified results, allowing them to calculate the gaps between their designs and the optimal design, along with root-cause analysis. It clarifies how different considered Architectural Variables affect various outcomes expected in the design of the environment for the people who will use that environment. Since her work was within the boundary of healthcare facilities, the Architectural Variables should maximize the Health and Care Outcomes of people who live and are cared for.

At EDC at Cambridge University, Lena proceeded with the computational modeling and software development aspect of her PhD. The development of the computational model and the software led to the preparation of scientific papers in leading journals. Also, the assessment of healthcare facilities based on it is being done in practice.

Lena Tahere Golgolnia

Lena’s core design activity

Academic journey

Lena completed her PhD in the Engineering Design Center (EDC) at Cambridge University in the UK under the supervision of Professor P John Clarkson, the director of EDC, and with the consultancy of Dr. Timoleon Kipouros. Lena also had the supervision of Professor Gesine Marquardt from TU Dresden (Technische Universität Dresden) in Germany. Additionally, there was collaboration with the Technical University of Vienna in Austria. Each of these supports played a significant role in different aspects of Lena’s multidisciplinary PhD.

The primary goal of Lena’s PhD was to develop a web-based and software-driven solution based on computational modeling to enable designers to assess healthcare facility designs. The software provides designers with quantified results, allowing them to calculate the gaps between their designs and the optimal design, along with root-cause analysis. It clarifies how different considered Architectural Variables affect various outcomes expected in the design of the environment for the people who will use that environment. Since her work was within the boundary of healthcare facilities, the Architectural Variables should maximize the Health and Care Outcomes of people who live and are cared for.

At EDC at Cambridge University, Lena proceeded with the computational modeling and software development aspect of her PhD. The development of the computational model and the software led to the preparation of scientific papers in leading journals. Also, the assessment of healthcare facilities based on it is being done in practice.

Lena Tahere Golgolnia

Computing modeling in design

Lena has developed computing models for architectural designs. These computing modules, created through Systems Engineering methods and, more specifically MBSE, support the design process more systematically on a solid ground. They enable designers to realize the extent of the gap their designs have from being optimal. The models analyze both the positive and negative effects of architectural variables that designers have considered in their designs.

Tech in design: software-driven solutions

Lena has developed software-driven solutions that assess designs in terms of their effectiveness, relying on the computing models she has created. In fact, the software makes the usage of computing models easier, as they interact directly with the software, and then the software runs the computing models. Therefore, users do not need to face the complexities of computing models to use them; instead, they use the software as a user-friendly intermediate.

Tech in design: XR

i) XR for Simulation and Decision Making in Design

Lena implements XR to enhance design decision-making by simulating complex designs into VR. Specifically, in cases where the environment is intended to serve individuals with health sensitivities, such as healthcare facilities for seniors, simulations for testing and feedback are conducted. This ensures the design’s capability to support the health outcomes of the people involved.

ii) XR for Virtual Treatment Purposes

Lena designs and develops immersive XR environments tailored for VR headsets with targeted treatment capabilities. Throughout this intricate process, her primary focus lies in meticulously contemplating the intended health outcomes that these environments are designed to enhance. By seamlessly blending innovative design principles with cutting-edge XR technologies, Lena ensures a holistic approach to creating VR experiences that not only captivate users but also contribute significantly to the advancement of health-related goals.

iii) Incorporating XR in Physical Design of Environment

Lena also possesses the capability to physically integrate XR into environments, primarily by incorporating the necessary supportive elements for XR in the design. For instance, healthcare facilities with supportive infrastructure and complementary equipment enable seniors to engage in activities and sports. Additionally, XR walls can provide health benefits for seniors through sensory stimulation, balance enhancement, and more. These possibilities extend to various user groups, including children, adolescents, and adults, serving different purposes such as education and recreation.

Collaborations

Architecture for health

- Healthcare facility design

- Customized design for health and wellbeing

XR solutions in Healthcare

- XR environments for Healthcare and Treatment Experts

- Healthcare Facility Planning in XR

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