Graduate Scholar Recipients

Ellen Hartwell Alderman
Maria João Matos
Mehran Madani
Panagiotis Mavros
Amey Sheth

Graduate Scholar Winners

Ellen Hartwell Alderman
Ellen is a writer, artist and designer, and is currently a PhD candidate in the Art History Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a concentration in Architecture, Design and Urbanism. Her background is in comparative literature, sculpture and metal work, architectural theory, and graphic design. Ellen received a MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009, a BA and a BFA from the University of Michigan in History of Art and Comparative Literature, and Metalwork and Jewelry Design in 2003. She is currently holds the position of Program Coordinator at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in Chicago, Illinois.

Maria João Matos
Maria is a researcher at the Universidade da Beira Interior – UBI (Portugal) where she started as a teaching assistant in 2004. After her graduation in Architecture from FAUTL, Lisbon, in 1997, she has worked as an architect and urban planner.

She holds a Master’s degree in City, Territory and Renewal from ISCTE (Portugal) and a DSA postgraduate diploma in Architecture and Urban Planning, focusing on landscape issues, from ENS d’Architecture de Paris – La Villette – ENSAPLV (France). At ENSAPLV, she participated actively in the Euro-Asian Project Asia-Link – “Development of an International Curriculum of Landscape Knowledge in Architecture and Urban Planning Education”, doing research and organizing academic events. Presently, she is a PhD candidate, under the joint supervision of UBI’s Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture and of ENSAPLV’s research team “Architectures, Milieux, Landscapes”.

Maria’s main fields of interest and expertise include urban and built heritage renewal, landscape related issues and modern and contemporary architecture in mountain regions.


Mehran Madani
Mehran Madani is currently a Doctor of Design Aspirant at Washington State University (Interdisciplinary Design Institute). He holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from University of Toronto where he received the 2002 UTAP Award (a Scholarship from the Department of Architecture, Landscape and Design – University of Toronto). He also was honored to receive the prestigious ASLA 2006 research award, for his study which conducts a novel interdisciplinary study demonstrating a link between built environment affordances, seniors’ quality of life, the elderly social interactions and transactions, possible changes in seniors’ social lifestyle, and a potential leap in seniors’ public health. Prior to joining WSU (IDI), he had been working in professional fields of landscape architecture and urban planning as a landscape designer and project designer at NAK Design Group (Toronto, Canada) and at Urban Arena in Newport Beach, California.

Mehran has also published two articles in Urban Land Magazine and Landscape Architecture Magazine regarding the influence of the built environment on the public lives of the elderly. His recent research deals with the contemporary phenomena of “social conurbation” and he employs this notion in designing the built environment to enhance social lives of the elder people.


Panagiotis Mavros
Panagiotis Mavros (1985) is a young Architect Engineer with professional experience in architectural design as an intern in Greece and France (Paris). He has participated in a number workshops and conferences and has been a member of EASA network (European Architecture Students Assembly) and a member of the organizing committee of the EASA007 conference. Apart from architecture he has been involved with theater, performance and filmmaking. He is interested and inspired by a variety of subjects including architectural and urban design, industrial heritage, the urban fringe, but also the interaction of the built environment with the unbuilt, the immaterial and the digital. Especially interested in the city, he seeks for an approach of deciphering the urban landscape and the urbanization processes, such as these of the emerging Chinese cities, through the urban memory and urban imaginary. This will be the main focus of his presentation.

Amey Sheth
Amey is an architect from Mumbai, India with three years of professional experience. Amey is registered with Council of Architecture in India. He has worked on various prestigious hospitality projects, residential projects, high-rise steel buildings and office interior projects in India. The research interest includes exploring modern tools such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), energy simulation during design stage. After spending three years in Mumbai working as an architect, he moved to the UK for higher studies and research. Also, during his time in Mumbai, he spent a month in the Mumbai slums to study the slum conditions. At present, he is doing research related to existing healthcare facilities in the UK. The research project is part of Loughborough University and HaCIRIC. The focus of the research is how to improve building life-cycle through refurbishment. Post-refurbishment building should provide pleasant environment for all the users along with optimum energy usage.