Mina Samangooei

BA(Hons) DipArch MSc(Sust. Build.)


Mina completed an MSc in Sustainable Building: Performance and Design in 2009 at the School of Architecture, where she also completed the RIBA Part I and Part II qualifications. Passing with distinction, she decided to extend the topic of her MSc thesis into doctorate studies. Her thesis is entitled Cultivating Edible Plants on Buildings: the Motivations and Motivational Barriers. She is in the 2nd year of her part-time research degree and has recently successfully transferred from MPhil to PhD.

Mina is in the process of undertaking her fieldwork, where she is collecting data from case studies in Oxford, London, Brighton and Reading. Her research is moving towards theories that look into understanding human behaviour and behaviour change. The sustainable integration of food cultivation into the built environment is a key part of sustainable cities, where the people who are growing and eating the food play a key role.

Alongside her part-time research, she is practicing architecture and assisting with teaching in the School of Architecture.

Mina presented her MSc thesis results at the AESOP conference in October 2010. Mina also presented at the Oxford Brookes Department of Planning, Research Student Conference in 2010 and 2013. She also co-wrote a paper for the Windsor Conference: Counting the Cost of Comfort in April 2014.

Questions and answers:

  1. Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?
  2. I completed my undergraduate and post-graduate studies at Oxford Brookes University.

  3. What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?
  4. The school of Architecture has a very good international and national reputation. In 2002 during my last year of A levels I met Bill Dunster (well known sustainable architect) who recommended I apply to Brookes.

  5. What do you think of the course now you're here?
  6. The MSc gave me exactly the skills I hoped to gain as an architecture graduate who has specialised in sustainable building design.

  7. What are your plans now you've completed your MSc course, for work or further study?
  8. I am undertaking a part-time PhD looking at growing food on buildings at the OISD architecture unit and working part-time in an architecture practice that works on sustainable housing projects.

  9. What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?
  10. Oxford Brookes has a very good studio culture. The tutors are also extremely good at what they do both as teachers and academics.

  11. What advice do you have for others?
  12. Make sure you follow your passion (what's driving you to do the course?) head on. If you don't know what your passion is, try to find it. Enjoy every moment, the good and the bad, because if you're not happy with your course now, how do you know you'll be happy doing it in practice?

Mina Samangooei

Mina studied MSc Sustainable Building: Performance and Design and RIBA Part I and Part II with the School of Architecture. PhD Thesis title: Design strategies for food production integrated into buildings.