Dr Farzaneh Haghighi

PhD (USYD), MArch (SBU Tehran), BArch (YUAA Yazd)


Farzaneh Haghighi is a senior lecturer in Architecture (History, Theory and Criticism), at the School of Architecture and Planning, the University of Auckland. She holds a PhD in Architecture from The University of Sydney (Australia, 2015), MArch from Shahid Beheshti University (Iran, 2008) and BArch from Yazd University (Iran, 2005). 

Farzaneh has broad teaching experience in Iran and Australia. She has contributed to the architectural departments at the University of Sydney (USYD), the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in the areas of Design Studios and History/Theory as a tutor and invited critic. Being awarded a full scholarship (IPRS) by the University of Sydney, Farzaneh completed her PhD thesis “Bazaar as Event: An exploration of the Tehran bazaar through the Foucauldian notion of event” aimed for demonstrating that Foucault’s notion of event allows for the potential immanent in the Tehran bazaar (an Iranian marketplace) to be expressed as an alternative to the traditional sociopolitical and architectural discourses of this marketplace. Within such body of research, she extends her passion for the political role of architecture into her teaching and writing. 

As a researcher, her work is concerned with the intersection of political philosophy, architecture and urbanism. She has published on the political philosophy of Michel Foucault, George Bataille, Roland Barthes and Marc Augé. Her research seeks new avenues to enrich our creative analysis of complex built environments through investigating the implications of critical and cultural theory for architectural knowledge.

Her first book Is the Tehran Bazaar Dead? Foucault, Politics, and Architecture was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in late 2018. Farzaneh was the book-review editor for Fabrications: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) for two years between 2017-2019. She co-convened the 2019 Interstices Symposium: "Political Matters: Spatial Thinking of the Alternative" (Auckland, 18-19th July) and recently co-edited Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, "Political Matters" (2020:20).

Farzaneh is the co-editor of forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics (Volume I, 2021 and Volume II, 2022). Volume one will address the ways in which architecture and urban space are oppressed by, struggle against, operate within, or are constructed by politics. Volume II will explore the political role of architecture and urban space in terms of the ways through which they can be transformed, and alternative political realities anticipated. 


Teaching | Current

ARCHHTC102/102GModern Architecture and Urbanism
ARCHDES200: Design 3 (Domestic Architecture) 
ARCHDES200: Design 4 (Architecture and Realization)
ARCHGEN 714: Architecture and Political Philosophy

Postgraduate supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD thesis, MArch(Prof) thesis or MArch research thesis that engage with the political role of architecture and urban space. 

Master thesis supervision

  • 2016:  Wei Shen, MArch(Research), "Residential Building Group’s Space in the Comprehensive Aging Community", Co-Supervisor with Patricia Austin.

As main/sole supervisor of Master of Architecture (Professional) Thesis: 


Current PhD Supervision:

  • Saeed Haghnia, “Architecture of the Residential Care Environments in Tehran, Iran” – Main supervisor.
  • Azra Shabbir Ahamed, “Sustainable Social Housing Design in India: An Integrated Approach” – Main supervisor.
  • Jiang Jing, “Architectures of Transitions: An Investigation on Emerging Spatialities in the Age of Experiential Augmentation” –  Co-supervisor.
  • Joy Park, “ Delivering Heritage Values through Urban Regeneration: The Case Study of Britomart, Auckland, New Zealand” – Co-supervisor.
  • Alfredo Ramos, “The Place of the Body without Organs in Porto Maravilha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil” –  Main supervisor.

Areas of expertise

Political philosophy of Michel Foucault
Architecture and politics
Intersection of urban space and event
Iranian modern architecture and urbanism 
Architecture of the act of trade


Committees/Professional groups/Services

Associate Dean Postgraduate Research, Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries, 2021.
Director of PhD Applicants for Admission in Architecture, Sem1, 2020. 
BA Architectural History, Theory and Criticism Stream Leader, Sem1, 2019.
Coordinator Master of Architecture (Professional), Mid-year-starts, Thesis Programme, 2017-19.
Member of/Reviewer for the Research Committee at the School of Architecture and Planning, 2019.
Director of External Engagement Committee at the School of Architecture and Planning, 2017.
Co-director of Public Lecture Series, 2016-17.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Haghighi, F. (2020). Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in Iran: Tradition, Modernity and the Production of “Space-in-Between” by M.Reza Shirazi (Springer, 2018) [Book Review]. Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 30 (2), 139-142. 10.1080/10331867.2020.1706126
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/50257
  • Haghighi, F. (2020). Heterotopic sites of knowledge production: Notes on an architectural analysis of lecture halls. Cultural Dynamics, online first10.1177/0921374020907111
  • Bahmanteymouri, E., & Haghighi, F. (2020). Airbnb as an ephemeral space: Towards an analysis of a digital heterotopia. In S. Ferdinand, I. Souch, D. Wesselman (Eds.) Heterotopia and globalisation in the twenty-first century. London, UK: Routledge. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elham Bahmanteymouri
  • Haghighi, F. (2019). Cities in global capitalism. By Ugo Rossi [Book Review]. Urban Policy and Research, 37 (4), 493-495. 10.1080/08111146.2019.1663891
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48575
  • Sharma, K., & Haghighi, F. (2019). Foucault and the city: Formation of the ‘Other’. Paper presented at 2019 Interstices Under Construction symposium: Political Matters: Spatial Thinking of the Alternative, Auckland, New Zealand. 18 July - 19 July 2019. Political Matters: Spatial Thinking of the Alternative: Interstices 2019. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48104
  • Haghighi, F. (2018). Is the Tehran Bazaar Dead? Foucault, Politics, and Architecture. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Pages: 303. Related URL.
  • Haghighi, F. (2018). Study. Be silent. Die: Indeterminate architecture and the dispositif of studentification. Journal for Cultural Research, 1-18. 10.1080/14797585.2018.1426477
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40413
  • Haghighi, F. (2017). Persian kingship and architecture: Strategies of power in Iran from the Achaemenids to the Pahlavis, Sussan Babaie and Talinn Gregor, eds (2015) and The age of the Seljuqs: The idea of Iran Vol. 6, Edmund Herzig and Sarah Stewart, eds (2015) [Book reviews]. International Journal of Islamic Architecture, 6 (2), 419-423. 10.1386/ijia.6.2.419_5
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33960

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 326
New Zealand

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