Dr Fatemeh Aminpour
Associate Lecturer

Dr Fatemeh Aminpour

PhD (UNSW), MArch, BArch


Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Built Environment

Fatemeh is currently an Associate Lecturer (Ed-focused) in the program of Landscape Architecture and a Research Associate in the City Futures Research Centre. Her area of research interest is children’s environments. She has the experience of designing and researching school environments with a particular interest in inclusive school design and participatory methodologies in research with children. She holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales in Environment-Behaviour research and her Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture from the University of Tehran, Iran. Her PhD project explores the role of in-between spaces within outdoor school environments in children’s expression of agency.

Since 2015, Fatemeh tutored students in both elective and core courses, run by the Faculty of Built Environment in different programs including City Planning, Urban Development and Design, Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Prior to her PhD studies, she was a research assistant working on low-energy schools and the context and design of traditional schools in Iran. She has a couple of years of experience in practice in Hermpey Consulting Engineering as a landscape architect.  

  • Book Chapters | 2020
    Bishop KG; Aminpour F, 2020, 'Knowing their place: Children, young people and cities', in The Routledge Handbook of People and Place in the 21st Century City, edn. Routledge Handbook, Routledge, New York, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781351211543-11
  • Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'The methodological challenges of using public participation Geographic Information System for understanding micro-scale physical characteristics of streetscapes', Cities and Health, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23748834.2022.2161295
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Assessment of sidewalk walkability: Integrating objective and subjective measures of identical context-based sidewalk features', Sustainable Cities and Society, 87, pp. 104142 - 104142, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2022.104142
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'From the child's perspective: How the layout of outdoor school environments shapes conflict between children's self-directed play', Journal of Environmental Psychology, 79, pp. 101727 - 101727, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2021.101727
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'The Impacts of COVID-19 Responses on Children, Youth and Their Environments in Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia', Children, Youth and Environments, 32, pp. 173 - 195, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/cye.2022.0007
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Children’s Preferences on the Move: Establishing the Characteristics of Unofficial Paths and their Benefits for Children’s Physical Play in Australian Primary School Grounds', Journal of Environmental Psychology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2021.101599
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'The Physical Characteristics of Children’s Preferred Natural Settings in Primary School Grounds', Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, pp. 127163 - 127163, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2021.127163
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'The hidden value of in-between spaces within outdoor school environments for children's self-directed play.', Journal of Landscape and Urban Planning
  • Preprints | 2022
    2022, Assisting first homebuyers: an international policy review, , http://dx.doi.org/10.31235/osf.io/mjbv8
    Reports | 2022
    2022, Assisting first homebuyers: an international policy review, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, 381, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri7127201, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/381
    Reports | 2022
    2022, Australia’s COVID-19 pandemic housing policy responses, AHURI Ltd, Melbourne, 376, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri3227801, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/376
    Preprints | 2022
    2022, Business models, consumer experiences and regulation of retirement villages, , http://dx.doi.org/10.31235/osf.io/mb2vp
    Reports | 2022
    2022, Business models, consumer experiences and regulation of retirement villages, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Ltd, Melbourne, FR392, http://dx.doi.org/10.18408/ahuri4127501, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/392
    Conference Presentations | 2021
    2021, 'Children in school environments: Is it possible to practice physical distancing at school?', presented at Children, Youth, and Environments: Resilience and Resourcefulness in a COVID World, APRU SCL Live Webinar Series, 14 October 2021
    Conference Presentations | 2021
    2021, 'Involving children in research. EduTECH, EduBUILD Channel', presented at EduTECH, 05 August 2021, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXSlwwQNL00
    Reports | 2021
    Reports | 2021
    2021, COVID-19: Rental housing and homelessness impacts in Australia, ACOSS, Sydney, 12, https://povertyandinequality.acoss.org.au/covid-19-rental-housing-and-homelessness-impacts-2/
    Reports | 2021
    2021, Housing and the Economy: Interrogating Australian Experts' Views, UNSW, Kensington, https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/documents/647/Delphi_report_v2.pdf
    Reports | 2021
    2021, Housing: Taming the Elephant in the Economy, UNSW, Kensington, https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/documents/644/Synthesis_report-final_version_12.06.pdf
    Conference Papers | 2020
    2020, 'Vertical schools as community hubs in residential neighbourhoods', in Cleveland B; Chandler P; Backhouse S; Clinton J; McShane I; Newton C (eds.), Building Connections for Community Benefit. Proceedings of Schools as Community Hubs International Conference, Melbourne, AU, pp. 49 - 63, presented at Schools as Community Hubs, Melbourne, AU, 03 December 2020 - 04 December 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.26188/13146527
    Conference Presentations | 2019
    2019, 'The value of desire lines within outdoor school environments to children’s physical activity', presented at Sustainable Urban Environments: Proceedings of Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) 50th Conference, 22 May 2019
    Reports | 2019
    2019, Understanding Decision-Making Processes to Meet or Exceed BASIX Requirements, https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/documents/478/EEMDN_BASIX_factsheet.pdf
    Theses / Dissertations | 2018
    Aminpour F, 2018, The role of in-between spaces within outdoor school environments in children’s expression of agency
    Conference Presentations | 2017
    Aminpour F, 2017, 'The Role of In-between Spaces within Outdoor School Environments in Children’s Expression of Agency', presented at Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA 2017), 26 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Aminpour F, 2016, 'Children’s gendered use of school grounds: The role of the physical environment', in Mitcheltree H; Cleveland B; Imms W (eds.), Informing education theory, design and practice through learning environment evaluation, LEaRN, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, presented at What's Working? 2016 LEaRN International Graduate Research Symposium, Melbourne, Australia, 03 June 2016 - 03 June 2016, http://hdl.handle.net/11343/191853
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Aminpour F, 2016, 'The role of physical environments in self-agency: An ecological psychology approach', in Pasalar C; Fox A (ed.), Conference proceedings of the 47th Annual Conference of Environment Design Research Association, EDRA47Raleigh - Innovation :: Shifting Ground, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, presented at EDRA47Raleigh - Innovation :: Shifting Ground, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, 18 May 2016 - 21 May 2016, https://www.edra.org/page/edra47raleigh
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    2014, 'In-between spaces: children’s place, adult’s placelessness', presented at Place and Placelessness Symposium, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 04 September 2014
    Conference Presentations | 2010
    2010, 'The impact of livelihood on rural housing typology: a case study in Anjile', presented at 1st International Conference on Rural Settlements: Housing and Fabric, 28 May 2010

  1. AHURI Inquiry project (2022) 
  2. CTBUH Seed Funding (2021), Sponcor: ARUP
  3. PhD Writing Fellowship, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW (2018), Sponsor: Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW
  4. Digital Uplift Innovation – Learning and Teaching Grant (2018), Sponsor: Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW
  5. EDRA Student Research Grant, EDRA47 (2015), Sponsor: Environment Design Reseach Association 


  1. Learning and Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW (2018)
  2. The winner of 3MT competition, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW (2017)
  3. University International Postgraduate Award for PhD studies, UNSW (2014)
  4. The fourth best design selected in the conference of Iranian School, Iranian Architecture for the design of the educational complex with a collaborative approach to learning in Semnan (2012)
  5. Top undergraduate student, School of Architecture, College of Fine Arts, University of Tehran (2009)
  6. The best design of the Residential Complex in Imamzade Yahiya Neighbourhood in Tehran awarded by the chairman of Tehran City Council (2008)


Apr 2021 - present: Multiple projects at CFRC

Sep 2020 - Dec 2020: Housing and the Economy: Scenarios for Australia to 2025 and 2045 (Research Assistant) 

Jul 2019- Dec 2019 Fair Play: Exploring the Benefits of Structured and Unstructured Play for Equity in Education (Research Fellow)

Apr 2019 -  Nov 2019: The Application of Public Participation GIS for Understanding Children's Liveable Local Streets (Research Assistant) 

Jun 2018 - Feb 2019: EEDMN BASIX: Mapping the Decision-Making Processes to Identify Barriers and Drivers to Meet or Exceed the BASIX Requirements of New Builds, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and CRC for Low Carbon Living (Research Fellow)

Feb 2014 - Feb 2018: The Role of In-between Spaces within Outdoor School Environments in Children’s Expression of Agency, Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales (Doctoral thesis)

Sep 2013 - Nov 2013: Low-energy schools in Iran, Jihad Research Centre, College of Fine Arts, University of Tehran (Research Assistant)

Feb 2011 - Feb 2012: The Design of a School Complex in Semnan with the Approach of Collaborative Learning, College of Fine Arts, University of Tehran and Organization for Development (Research Assistant)

  1. Year 2 Coordinator in the Landscape  Architecture program
  2. From 2018, Member of CYRN, UNSW Steering Committee
  3. From 2014, Member of People and Place Research Cluster
  4. 2017, Student Representative, Built Environment Academic Programs & Quality Committee, UNSW Governance 
  5. 2017, Student Representative, Built Environment Academic Programs & Quality Committee, Faculty of Built Environment
  6. 2016, Nura Gili Indigenous Programs, Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS)


My Teaching

BEIL0005 - People, Place and Design

BENV2930 - Living Architecture: Green Roofs and Green Walls