Senior Project Architect
M. Arch MDes PhD Candidate
I put myself in the shoes of the people who walk into the space I’m designing.
As a registered architect with over 15 years of experience on projects across Canada, I hold master’s degrees in architecture, as well as design for health and I, am currently a PhD candidate. My PhD research focuses on sound and sensory perception as I design for the senior population, people living with cognitive difficulties, dementia, and physical impairment. I design specific soundscapes for these patients, with extra “clues” to remind them of time and space to help guide them through their day. My research has won a scholarship and awards from AGE-WELL and the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation. In my ongoing work for Loyalist College in Ontario, I’ve been designing health and wellness centre, culinary, and varsity spaces for curriculum and student use—as a lifelong learner, I love setting up new generations of educators and students for success.
My Sectors: Commercial Mixed-Use, Education & Research, Healthcare, and Senior Living
My Services: Architecture and Lifescape
We asked, Arezoo answered:
What drew you to architecture?
“I was looking for something between art and engineering. I wanted something that was both creative and practical, and design is a great intersection of the science of engineering and the freedom of artistry.”
What drew you to sensory design?
“When completing my master’s degree in Design for Health, I was studying environmental design: sound and light for people with dementia in long-term care facilities. I realized that soundscape, how people perceive sound in every context, behaves differently with those dealing with cognitive challenges.
I am working with a group of researchers on improving the quality of life for people with dementia by designing personalized soundscapes for individual patients. For this purpose, we have to gather lots of personal history from patients to get this to work—the goal is to lower patients’ stress and help to improve their quality of sleep—and quality of life.”