Saleh Kalantari, Ph.D., EDAC, is an assistant professor in Cornell University’s Department of Design and Environmental Analysis. He is the director of the Design and Augmented Intelligence Lab (DAIL) at Cornell, where his research group investigates human–technology partnerships in the design process, and the resulting opportunities for innovation and creativity. Dr. Kalantari is also the founding principal of Kalantari Studios, a design and research lab producing buildings, installations, and speculative projects of various scales. He previously worked as a research director and designer at Parkin Architects Ltd., where his team won multiple recognitions, including an International Academy for Design and Health (IADH) Award for their work on the Southwest Regional Forensic Mental Health Centre. Dr. Kalantari has also consulted for various firms and organizations in the Middle East, such as Naghsh Khiyal Pars and the Qatar Green Building Council.
Dr. Kalantari’s work promotes generative-design approaches and the adoption of new design technologies to improve the relationship between people and their created environment. He takes an interdisciplinary approach to developing innovative AI-aided design tools with two main focus areas: (1) developing cyber–human systems to improve the application of designers’ ingenuity, skills, and competencies in the creation of a unique product; and (2) using biometric sensory data (EEG sensors, heart-rate monitors, motion-capture technology, etc.) and novel computational techniques to more effectively understand human responses to architectural intervention during the design process.
Dr. Kalantari has previously taught at the University of Houston, Washington State University, and Texas A&M University. He has served as an instructor for graduate-level design studios, undergraduate capstone studios, and seminar courses in generative design and fabrication. His students have achieved significant recognition in multiple design competitions at the national level including the Retail Design Institute National Competition and the Renewing Home AIAS Competition.