2011 New Researcher Award Winners

The work of Dr. Rima Al Ajlouni, Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University, is exemplary in linking historical research to parametric design. Dr. Al Ajlouni is a leader in the study of quasi-crystalline formations which possess unique visual and structural properties. This work has led to the development of the first structural equation which has potential translational application to parametric design. Her expertise in architectural history was recognized through her selection by the US Department of State to direct the $13 million Historic Preservation Program in Iraq. She has extensively disseminated this groundbreaking work in 9 articles and 15 presentations.


Dr. Zhongjie Lin, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, is recognized for his research in the area of urban development in contemporary Asia. Dr. Lin is the author or co-author of two books, Urban Design in the Global Perspective (Beijing: China Architecture and Building Press, 2006) and Kenzo Tange and the Metabolist Movement: Urban Utopias of Modern Japan (London and New York: Routledge, 2010). His forthcoming book, Constructing Utopias: China’s Emerging New Town Movement, is likely to be seminal for those interested in this profoundly evolving landscape. This exemplary work has received financial support from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies of Fine Arts, the Japan Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences, and the Asian Cultural Council.