Profile

Dr. Iasef Md Rian is an architect, educator and a design researcher focusing on computational design, geometry-based structural design and optimization, and fractal geometry. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and Design at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), China since 2019. Prior to joining XJTLU, he was teaching at the University of Sharjah in U.A.E. as an assistant professor. Dr. Iasef holds a PhD in Architecture and Design from Politecnico di Torino, Italy. He has been a member of several professional organizations in the disciplines of architecture (Council of Architecture, India), mathematics (ISGG), structure (IASS), and computer aided design (ACADIA, CAADRIA). He is active in organizing and mentoring design workshops mainly for pavilion structure design. Some of his workshop pavilions were exhibited in prestigious international design events such as 'MadeExpo 2012, 2013' in Milan and 'Dubai Design Week 2018' in Dubai. Dr. Iasef is also a regular reviewer of some well-known international architectural journals, such as Automation in Construction, Computer Aided Design, Frontiers of Architectural Research, etc.

Dr. Iasef founded his own architectural studio 'Rian Architects & Designers' in Malda district, India. His studio has designed some small and medium scales residential, religious and commercial projects in West Bengal, India. Being an architect and senior architect in C. P. Kukreja & Associate and S. Ghosh & Associates in New Delhi, he also designed and coordinated several large-scale projects, such as high-rise apartment towers (IREO Uptown, Gurgaon), a University campus (Gautam Buddha University, NOIDA), factory headquarters, a shopping mall, etc. He frequently takes part in international design competitions. In June 2019, he was the winner of international design competition ASCENSION: Zagreb Observation Tower.
Iasef Md Rian
  • Qualifications

    • Ph.D. in Architecture & Building Design, Politecnico di Torino, Italy - 2015
    • M.E. in Architecture, Inha University, South Korea - 2007
    • B.Arch., Aligarh Muslim University, India - 2005
  • Experience

    • 2019 - present: Associate Professor, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China
    • 2015 - present: Principal Architect & Founder, Rian Archiects & Designers, Malda, India
    • 2016 - 2019: Assistant Professor, University of Sharjah, U.A.E.
    • 2012 - 2014: Teaching Assistant, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
    • 2012 - 2014: Research Assistant, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
    • 2010 - 2011: Lecturer, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia
    • 2008 - 2009: Senior Architect, S. Ghosh & Associates, New Delhi, India
    • 2007 - 2008: Architect, C. P. Kukreja & Associates, New Delhi, India
    • 2006 - 2007: Teaching Assistant, INHA University, South Korea
    • 2006 - 2007: Research Assistant, INHA University, South Korea
  • Research interests

    • Fractal Geometry & Generative Design
    • Parametric Design of Structural Forms and Optimization
    • Performance-Based Passive Design of Building Components
    • Digital Fabrication & Advanced Construction
  • Articles

    • 2018: Iasef Md Rian, ‘Surface Texture-Based Computational Morphogenesis of a Hyperbolic Paraboloid Shell Structure’, Nexus Network Journal. Nexus Network Journal. 20 (2), p437-458.
    • 2018: Iasef Md Rian, Mario Sassone, Shuich Asayama, ‘From fractal geometry to architecture: a grid-shell design based on the Takagi-Landsberg surface’, Computer Aided Design. 98, 40-53, 2018
    • 2016: Iasef Md Rian, Shuich Asayama, ‘Computational Morphogenesis of a Nature-Inspired Canopy Structure usning the Concept of Self-Similar and Random Fractals’, Automation in Construction. Vol. 66, Issue 1, 43-58.
    • 2015: Iasef Md Rian, Mario Sassone, ‘Fractal-Based Generative Design of Structural Trusses using the Iterated Function System’, International Journal of Space Structures. Vol. 29, Issue 4, 182-203.
    • 2014: Iasef Md Rian, Mario Sassone, ‘Tree-Inspired Dendriforms and Fractal-Like Branching Structures in Architecture: A Brief Historical Overview’, Frontiers of Architectural Researches. Vol. 3, Issue 3, 298–323.
    • 2013: Mohd Faheem, Muzaffar Ali, Iasef Md Rian, ‘A Wondrous Heritage Hub for Tourists: A Case of Fatehpur Sikri, India’. Asian Academic Research Journal of Multidisciplinary. Vol. 1, Issue 15, 226-237.
    • 2008: Iasef Md Rian, Dongkuk Chang, Jin-Ho Park, ‘Pop-Up Technique of Origamic Architecture for Post-Disaster Emergency Shelters’. Open House International, Vol. 33, Issue 1, 17–24.
    • 2007: Iasef Md Rian, Dongkuk Chang, Jin-Ho Park, ‘Fractal Geometry as the Synthesis of Hindu Cosmology in Kandariya Temple, Khajuraho’. Building & Environment, Vol.42, Issue 12, 1–18.
  • Proceedings

    • 2019: Iasef Md Rian, Humam Al Sebai, Salem Abdalla, “Weaving the Mashrabiya Pavilion’: A Mashrabiya-Inspired Pavilion Design based on Barycentric Subdivision.” International Conference on Form and Forces, 2019: 60th IASS Annual Symposium – 8th Structural Membranes: 7 – 10 October, Barcelona, Spain.
    • 2019: Shuichi Asayama, Toshifumi Mae, Iasef Md Rian, Yuki Oshima, “Mechanical effect of arch element composition of a fractal hexagon dome and its extension”. International Conference on Form and Forces, 2019: 60th IASS Annual Symposium – 8th Structural Membranes: 7 – 10 October, Barcelona, Spain.
    • 2019: Toshifumi Mae, Iasef Md Rian, “A generation of frame structure based on Koch curve and an application to spatial frame”. International Conference on Form and Forces, 2019: 60th IASS Annual Symposium – 8th Structural Membranes: 7 – 10 October, Barcelona, Spain.
    • 2019: Iasef Md Rian, “IFS-Based Computational Morphogenesis of a Hierarchical Trussed Beam” CAAD Futures 2019: "Hello, Culture", June 2019. Daejeon, South Korea
    • 2017: Iasef Md Rian, “Fractal dimension based computational morphogenesis: An application in designing a randomly folded spatial structure.” IASS Annual Symposium 2017 - Interfaces: architecture.engineering.science, September 2017. Hamburg, Germany.
    • 2015: Guido Callegary, Iasef Md Rian, Antonio Spinelli, “Transforming Nature's Forest into Manmade Forest: Fractal‐Based Computational Morphogenesis Approach for a Dendriform Pavilion Design”. IASS 2015 Tokyo Colloquium on Bio-Based and Bio-Inspired Environmentally Compatible Structures, Tokyo, Japan.
    • 2014: Iasef Md Rian, Mario Sassone, “Fractal Shell Design using Iterated Function System”. IASS-SLTE 2014: International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures, Brasilia, Brazil.
    • 2014: Rajabzadeh S, Mario Sassone, Tomas E Mendez, Iasef Md Rian, “The BRICKSHELL Meditation Centre: A Collaborative Masonry Project”. IASS-SLTE 2014: International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures, Brasilia, Brazil.
    • 2013: Guido Callegary, Iasef Md Rian, Antonio Spinelli, “Monalisa wood Pavillon: Optimization and Parametric Design by using Poplar Plywood Engineered Components”. ISCHP 2013: International Scientific Conf. on Hardwood, Florence, Italy.
    • 2013: Osello Anna, Acquaviva A, Iasef Md Rian, Rajabzadeh S, et.al., “Multidisciplinary Team Activity using BIM and Interoperability: A PhD Course Experience at Politecnico di Torino”. Le vie dei Mercanti XI Forum Int. di Studi, Aversa-Capri, Italy.
    • 2013: Iasef Md Rian, Mario Sassone, “Tree-Inspired Architectural Structures and Fractal Geometry: A Brief Historical Overview of Dendriforms”. ATINER 2013: 3rd Annual International Conference on Architecture, Athens, Greece.
    • 2012: Iasef Md Rian, Mario Sassone, “Flexible Housing, a Healthy Housing: A Brief Discussion about the Merits of Flexibility in Designing Healthy Accommodation”. ABITARE 2012: 2nd International Conference on 'Inhabiting the Future', Napoli, Italy.
    • 2011: Iasef Md Rian, “Multicultural Flexible Housing: Addressing the Need and Scope of Flexible Housing in Cosmopolitan Indian Cities”. ICBEDC 2011: 5th International Conference on Built Environment in Developing Countries, University Sains Malaysia, Malaysia.
    • 2006: Iasef Md Rian, Ahn Hyung Uk, “Pop-Up Technique of Origamic Architecture for Post-Tsunami Deployable Shelters”. Architecture + Technology 2006: 6th International Symposium on Architectural Interchanges in Asia, Daegu, South Korea.
    • 2006: Ahn Hyung Uk, Iasef Md Rian, “Unique Local Culture & Regional Construction Technology in Louis I Kahn’s Two Works: Indian Institute of Management and Bangladesh National Capital Building”. Architecture + Technology 2006: 6th International Symposium on Architectural Interchanges in Asia, Daegu, S Korea.
  • Chapters, cases, readings and supplements

    • 2019: Iasef Md Rian, ‘FracShell: From Fractal Surface to a Lattice Shell Structure’. In: Fabio Bianconi and Marco Filippucci (Eds) Digital Wood Design: Innovative Techniques of Representation in Architectural Design. Springer International
    • 2014: Iasef Md Rian, Mario Sassone & Shuichi Asayama, ‘Nature-Inspired Fractal Geometry and Its Applications in Architectural Designs’. In: Alberto Ti Estevez (Ed) Biodigital Architecture and Genetics, 2nd Int. Conf. ACTAR D Publishing, New York.
    • 2011: Iasef Md Rian, ‘Multicultural Flexible Housing: Addressing the Need and Scope of Flexible Housing in Cosmopolitan Indian Cities’. In: Hanizam Awang (Ed) Re-Humanizing the Built Environment; Vol. 2, p 1246-1264.
    • 2007: Iasef Md Rian, “Fractal Pavilion”. In: D Greenberg, R Henrikson, and S Paudel (eds) Visionary Bamboo Designs for Ecological Living; Hawaii: Bamboo Technologies, 2007; page 81.
  • Conference presentations

    • 2019: Iasef Md Rian, Humam Al Sebai, Salem Abdalla, “Weaving the Mashrabiya Pavilion’: A Mashrabiya-Inspired Pavilion Design based on Barycentric Subdivision.” International Conference on Form and Forces, 2019: 60th IASS Annual Symposium – 8th Structural Membranes: 7 – 10 October, Barcelona, Spain. (forthcoming)
    • 2019: Shuichi Asayama, Toshifumi Mae, Iasef Md Rian, Yuki Oshima, “Mechanical effect of arch element composition of a fractal hexagon dome and its extension”. International Conference on Form and Forces, 2019: 60th IASS Annual Symposium – 8th Structural Membranes: 7 – 10 October, Barcelona, Spain. (forthcoming)
    • 2019: Toshifumi Mae, Iasef Md Rian, “A generation of frame structure based on Koch curve and an application to spatial frame”. International Conference on Form and Forces, 2019: 60th IASS Annual Symposium – 8th Structural Membranes: 7 – 10 October, Barcelona, Spain. (forthcoming)
    • 2019: Iasef Md Rian, “IFS-Based Computational Morphogenesis of a Hierarchical Trussed Beam”. CAAD Futures 2019: "Hello, Culture", June 2019. Daejeon, South Korea.
    • 2017: Iasef Md Rian, “Fractal dimension based computational morphogenesis: An application in designing a randomly folded spatial structure.” IASS Annual Symposium 2017 - Interfaces: architecture.engineering.science, September 2017. Hamburg, Germany. ​
    • 2015: Guido Callegary, Iasef Md Rian, Antonio Spinelli, “Transforming Nature's Forest into Manmade Forest: Fractal‐Based Computational Morphogenesis Approach for a Dendriform Pavilion Design”. IASS 2015 Tokyo Colloquium on Bio-Based and Bio-Inspired Environmentally Compatible Structures, Tokyo, Japan.
    • 2014: Iasef Md Rian, Mario Sassone, “Fractal Shell Design using Iterated Function System”. IASS-SLTE 2014: International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures, Brasilia, Brazil.
    • 2014: Rajabzadeh S, Mario Sassone, Tomas E Mendez, Iasef Md Rian, “The BRICKSHELL Meditation Centre: A Collaborative Masonry Project”. IASS-SLTE 2014: International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures, Brasilia, Brazil.
    • 2013: Guido Callegary, Iasef Md Rian, Antonio Spinelli, “Monalisa wood Pavillon: Optimization and Parametric Design by using Poplar Plywood Engineered Components”. ISCHP 2013: International Scientific Conf. on Hardwood, Florence, Italy.
    • 2013: Osello Anna, Acquaviva A, Iasef Md Rian, Rajabzadeh S, et.al., “Multidisciplinary Team Activity using BIM and Interoperability: A PhD Course Experience at Politecnico di Torino”. Le vie dei Mercanti XI Forum Int. di Studi, Aversa-Capri, Italy.
    • 2013: Iasef Md Rian, Mario Sassone, “Tree-Inspired Architectural Structures and Fractal Geometry: A Brief Historical Overview of Dendriforms”. ATINER 2013: 3rd Annual International Conference on Architecture, Athens, Greece.
    • 2012: Iasef Md Rian, Mario Sassone, “Flexible Housing, a Healthy Housing: A Brief Discussion about the Merits of Flexibility in Designing Healthy Accommodation”. ABITARE 2012: 2nd International Conference on 'Inhabiting the Future', Napoli, Italy.
    • 2011: Iasef Md Rian, “Multicultural Flexible Housing: Addressing the Need and Scope of Flexible Housing in Cosmopolitan Indian Cities”. ICBEDC 2011: 5th International Conference on Built Environment in Developing Countries, University Sains Malaysia, Malaysia.
    • 2006: Iasef Md Rian, Ahn Hyung Uk, “Pop-Up Technique of Origamic Architecture for Post-Tsunami Deployable Shelters”. Architecture + Technology 2006: 6th International Symposium on Architectural Interchanges in Asia, Daegu, South Korea.
    • 2006: Ahn Hyung Uk, Iasef Md Rian, “Unique Local Culture & Regional Construction Technology in Louis I Kahn’s Two Works: Indian Institute of Management and Bangladesh National Capital Building”. Architecture + Technology 2006: 6th International Symposium on Architectural Interchanges in Asia, Daegu, S Korea.
  • Grants

    • Research Development Fund (RDF), 2020: Iasef Md Rian (PI), Thomas Wortmann and Athanasios Makrodimopoulos. Design and Optimization of the Internal Skeleton Geometry for Making Extra-Light Precast Concrete Panels. Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Project code: RDF-19-01-28, RMB 99,000.
    • Teaching Development Fund (RDF), 2020: Iasef Md Rian (PI), Zakieh Avazzadeh. Research-Led Learning-by-Doing: An Interdisciplinary Design-Build Workshop through Designing and Constructing a Lattice Shell Pavilion. Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Project code: TDF19/20-R19-122, RMB 40,000.
    • SEED Grant, 2016: Iasef Md Rian (PI) and Salem Abdallah. Geometry-Based Computational Morphogenesis of Self-Shading Facade Tiles Design for Hot Climate of Sharjah. University of Sharjah, AED 40,000.
  • Professional service activities

    • 2019-2020: IT Officer (Departmental level)
    • 2019: Module Coordinator of Masters Year 1 Design Studio, Dept. of Architecture, XJTLU, China
    • 2019: Module Coordinator, B.Engg. Year 2 Integrated Structural Design Studio, Dept. of Architecture, XJTLU, China
    • 2017-2018: Coordinator of Departmental Year Book, Dept. of Architectural Engineering, University of Sharjah, UAE
    • 2017-2018: Module Coordinator, Design 3 Studio, Dept. of Architectural Engineering, University of Sharjah, UAE
    • 2016-2018: Member of Curriculum and Course Improvement team, Dept. of Architecture, University of Sharjah, UAE
    • 2016-2018: Member of CAA and ABET accreditation preparation team, Dept of Architectural Engineering, University of Sharjah | UAE
    • 2016-2018: Member of the Task Force of Structure & Construction, Department of Architecture, University of Sharjah, UAE
  • Teaching activities

    • Tutor, ARC305 - Small and Medium Scale Buildings (B.Eng. Architecture)
    • Module Coordinator, ARC404 - Design Studio 2 (Master of Architectural Design)
    • Module Coordinator, ARC111 - Integrated Design of Small Buildings (B.Eng. Architecture)
  • Courses taught

    • ARC404 - Design Studio 2 (M.Arch.)
    • ARC205 - Design and Building Typology (B.Arch.)
    • ARC202 - Structural Design (B.Engg. Architecture)
    • ARC111 - Integrated Design of Small Buildings (B.Eng. Architecture)
    • ARC001 - Explore Architecture and Visual Culture (B.Arch.)
    • ARC111 - Integrated Design of Small Buildings (B.Eng. Architecture)
  • Professional memberships

    • Council of Architecture (COA), India
    • Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA)
    • International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS), Spain
    • Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), USA
    • International Society for Geometry and Graphics (ISGG), Austria
  • Awards and honours

    • 2019: Winner | International Design Competition ‘ASCENSION: Zagreb Observation Tower’ | Croatia
    • 2018: Selected & Exhibited | Design Installation Call for Dubai Design Week 2018, Dubai Design District | U.A.E.
    • 2015: "Distinction" in Ph.D. | Politecnico di Torino | Italy
    • 2012: Borsa di Dottorato | Politecnico di Torino | Italy
    • 2013: International Mobility Scholarship | Politecnico di Torino | Italy
    • 2012: Milan Scholarship | Parametric Camp | Italy
    • 2005: Jungseok International Scholarship | Inha University | South Korea
    • 2006: Korean Research Fellowship | Korean Research Foundation | South Korea
    • 2006: Teaching Assistantship | Inha University | South Korea
    • 2007: Finalist | International Bamboo Design Competition | Hawaii, USA
    • 2006: Honourable Mention | International Competition of Kitchen Design | Spain
    • 2006: Fourth Prize | 17th Inha International Design Workshop | South Korea
  • Telephone

    +86 (0)512 88167141
  • Email

    Iasef.Rian@xjtlu.edu.cn
  • Address


    Room 306
    Department of Architecture
    Design Building (DB), South Campus
    Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
    111 Ren'ai Road
    Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District
    Suzhou Industrial Park
    Suzhou
    P.R.China
    215123