Mostafa Alani

Mostafa Alani

Auburn, AL, US

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An architect and computational design specialist, Mostafa is currently a visiting assistant professor of architecture at Tuskegee University, US. Mostafa holds a Ph.D. in Planning, Design, and Built Environment from Clemson University, he also holds a Masters in Building Technology from the University of Science, Malaysia (2009), and a B.Sc. in Architectural Engineering from the University of Technology, Iraq (2006). He is a LEED Green Associate with a specialized certification of digital ecology.

Recently Mostafa participated at the Rifat Chadirji prize and was awarded an honorable mention for his project to reconstruct Mosul city fabric. In addition, he participated in a design team in an international competition organized by the Ministry of Housing to design economic housing in Iraq and achieved the fourth place. He was also awarded first prize by the governorate of Baghdad in a design competition to reimagine the Baghdad Entrance Gates. Before his current position at Tuskegee, Mostafa served as the supervisor of the Projects Division at Aliraqia University, 2011. 

Mostafa’s main research interest lies in the intersection of computational design, digital fabrication, embedded computations, and reconfigurable structures. His research published at the IJAC, CAADRIA, CAADfutures, ASCAAD, SIGRADI, HCI, DCA and ARCC conferences. Mostafa's doctoral research focuses on the computational nature of Islamic geometric patterns. His doctoral research won the first place research award at the Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium at Clemson University, 2016.


Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, US, Visiting Assistant Professor

Aug 2018 - current

Kennesaw State University, Marietta, GA, US, Part-time assistant Professor

Aug 2017 - May 2018

Clemson University, Clemson, SC, US, Graduate Research Assistant

Manufacturing the second generation of a robotic kit for children. Institute for Intelligent Materials, Systems and Environments, Clemson University. Supervisors: Keith Green, Ph.D. & Ivan Walker, Ph.D.

Jan 2016 - Dec 2017

Clemson University, Marietta, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Assisted in teaching two courses:
Design Science | Spring 2016 -Graduate
Creative Inquiry | Spring 2016 -Undergraduate

Jan 2016 - May 2016

Clemson University, Clemson, SC, US, Graduate Research Assistant

Assist in research modern architectural practice from the 20th century, Le corbusier projects in particular.
Supervisors: Carlos Barrios, Ph.D.

May 2014 - Aug 2014

Aliraqia University, Baghdad, IQ, Director of Projects Division

Providing professional and technical guidance to divisions in the engineering department and supervising projects’ design, including the Al-Iraqia University campus in Al-Tarmia designed by Mimar Group, UAE.

Jan 2012 - Feb 2013

Aliraqia University, Baghdad, IQ, Architect

Design and supervision of projects on university campuses, including the Presidential Building in Al-Iraqia University, Sab’a Abkar campus and President’s Office, Al-Iraqia University, Al-A’damia campus.

Jan 2011 - Jan 2012

Netaq, LLC, Baghdad, IQ, Architect

Renovation of Rasheed Theater; responsibilities included details and shop drawings.

Mar 2011 - Jun 2011

Shams Altam’er Construction Company, Baghdad, IQ, Architect

Projects included: Exemplary School in Baghdad, Women’s Cultural Center, post office buildings, and residential (private/low-rise).

Jul 2010 - Feb 2011

Global Construction Solutions, Baghdad, IQ, Architect & Project Manager

Providing technical guidance regarding standards and practices for architectural designs, building components, component installations, building construction, and landscaping.

Nov 2009 - Jun 2010


Clemson University, Clemson, SC, US, PhD, Planning, Design, Built Environment

Aug 2013 - May 2018

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang, MY, Masters, Building Technology

Jul 2007 - Aug 2009

University of Technology, Iraq, Baghdad, IQ, BArch, Architecture

Oct 2001 - Jul 2006


Rifat Chadirji Prize, Honorable Mention


Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium, 1st Place

1st place award in the Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium, College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities, Clemson University.


Graduate Student Research Program Award, Award

Graduate Student Research Program Award, College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities, Clemson University.


Higher committee for education development in Iraq (HCED), Scholarship

Higher committee for education development in Iraq (HCED) Scholarship, Office of the Iraqi Prime Minister.


Economical Houses Design Competition, Other

4th prize winner, design competition | Economical Houses, Ministry of Housing and Construction, Iraq. Mostafa Alani, Mohamad Ahmad


Baghdad Entrance Gates Design Competition, 1st Place

1st prize winner, design competition | Baghdad Entrance Gates, Baghdad Governorate.


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