Morteza Asgarzadeh

Morteza Asgarzadeh

Research Fellow

Department of Nutrition

Building 2, Room 322
655 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Ph.D. in Architecture, Tokyo University, Japan, 2010

Global Studies program, Cambridge University, United Kingdom, 2009

Global Sustainability Intensive Course, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland, 2008

B.A. in Graphic Design, The University of Tehran, 2006

M.S. in Agricultural Engineering, The University of Tehran, 2004

B.S. in Agricultural Engineering, The University of Tehran, 2002


Dr. Asgarzadeh considers the built environment as an exposure in his health-related research. He focuses on developing healthy environments that will feature less stressful elements and encourage various forms of physical activity including bicycling. He has over 10 years of experience designing and constructing, consulting, and conducting research on the properties of the built environments. In his Ph.D. research in the Department of Architecture at Tokyo University, he studied the intersection of health, Environment and Behavior (relationships between human behavior and the natural and built environment) and Urban Design (process of designing and shaping cities and towns). Dr. Asgarzadeh has extensive training in GIS and has used his skills to study heat islands in Tokyo and planning sites in Iran. Due to his research interests on the impacts of the built environment on health, he partners with individuals in public health and related fields to find ways of building safer and more attractive environments for people to live and have meaningful physical activity.

Selected Publication

Asgarzadeh, M, Lusk, A, Koga, T, Hirate, K. (2012) “Measuring Oppressiveness of Streetscapes.” Landscape and Urban Planning. 107: 1-11

• Asgarzadeh, M., Koga, T., Yoshizawa, N., Munakata, J., Hirate, K. (2010) Investigating Green Urbanism; Building Oppressiveness. Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering. 9 (2), 555-562.

Honors and Awards

2009  Cambridge University, Global Studies

2008   Zurich Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Global Sustainability

2006   Japanese Government Scholarship (four years full scholarship)

2001   Rewarded as National Brilliant Talent