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Tanha T

- Research Program Mentor

MArch at The Bernard & Spitzer School of Architecture


Architecture, Computational Design, Urban Technology, GIS Data Analysis, Building Technology


I am an designer, engineer and researcher. I am situated at the intersection of architecture, urbanism and data science, aiming to analyze and explore the built environment. With a background in art, society, historical research, environmental studies, and applied methods in computation, my design approach has been one driven by data. The scope of my work both professionally and academically focuses on analyzing cities in relation to sustainability, zoning and variables in spatial distribution. I've had the opportunity to work on various projects from New York to Berlin to Ghana, which has allowed me to delve into a range of diverse spatial complexities. I believe systems of design are catalysts for change, and create opportunities of exploration, engagement and beauty in the built environment. I imagine the implementation of these systems holistically, combining machine intelligence, and centering life, to create equitable and sustainable cities.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Tracking Urban Expansion

Cities are constantly expanding its radial borders of development all over the world. The need to build faster, better and taller is at the forefront of every architect, urban planner and design engineer. Building codes and energy regulations are updating alongside the changing climate. What does the role of existing city infrastructure play in urban expansion? Do we build vertically on top, leveraging them as foundation? Do we demolish and start from scratch? Do we retrofit and make room for utilization? The possibilities for future development are endless!

Coding skills

Python, Pandas, Geopandas, Arduino(C++), Grasshopper, Dynamo, SQL

Teaching experience

As a research and teaching assistant at the Spitzer School of Architecture, I have assisted 60+ Masters students with urban analysis using python language code, script formation, tableau visualization tool to solve problems in urban design, district planning, and real estate development. I have also served local community centers as an educator in mathematics (algebra, geometry, trig., calculus, statistics) and historical research to 40+ students in grades 6-12.


Work experience

J. Max Bond Center (2019 - 2021)
Urban Research Associate


City University of New York
BA Bachelor of Arts (2018)
Studio Art, Historical Research, Theology
The Bernard & Spitzer School of Architecture
MArch Master of Architecture
Architecture, Urban Technology

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