Dr Ali Mozaffari



Senior Research Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Univ. of Western Australia, 2011

Biography summary

I have a Master degree in Architecture (1995) from Tehran University’s Faculty of Fine Arts and researched my PhD(2011) at the University of Western Australia. My research straddles the disciplines of anthropology, critical heritage studies, and architecture. My interest is focussed on Iran and its surrounding area in West Asia and the Middle East.

I offer PhD supervision within my areas of interest and am currently external co-supervisor to PhD's in other institutions in areas of architecture and heritage. 

You may find examples of my writings and projects in my Academia and Researchgate websites. 

Research interests

Heritage Studies

Iranian and Middle Eastern Studies

Architecture (history and theory)

Teaching interests



Architecture and Urban Design Studio


Knowledge areas

 My current areas of interest include:

  • Cultural heritage and the making of cultural-civilizational zones beyond the nation-state
  • Politics of heritage in Iran
  • Heritage and design (specific focus on the built environment)
  • Architectural education in Iran and Islamic countries


Refereed Conference Proceedings (fully written and published papers)

  1. Mozaffari, A. and Westbrook, N. (2017). ‘Death Mask: fetishizing tradition through citations’ in Hartoonian, G. and Ting, J. (eds.), Quotation: What Does History Have in Store for Architecture Today?, SAHANZ XXXIV, Jul 2017, Canberra: ACT, published online at: http://bit.ly/2rWBDbg
  2. Westbrook, N. and Mozaffari, A. (2015). ‘A Return to the Beginnings of Regionalism: Shushtar New Town Seen in the Light of the 2nd International Congress of Architects, Persepolis, Iran 1974.’ in Hogben, P. and O’Callaghan, J (eds.), Architecture, Institutions and Change, SAHANZ XXXII, Jul 2015, Sydney: UNSW, published on CD-ROM.
  3. Mozaffari, A. and Westbrook, N. (2012). ‘The Politics of Contextual Specificity and Global Architectural Trends.’ In King, S., Chatterjee, A. and Loo, S. (eds.), Fabulation, SASHANZ XXIX 2012, Jul 5, 2012, University of Launceston: University of Launceston.
  4. Mozaffari, A. and Westbrook, N. (2011). ‘The Unfinished Museum: the Case of the Pasargadae World heritage Site Museum’ in Moulis, A. and Van Der Plaat, D. (eds.), Audience, Brisbane SAHANZ, Published on CD-ROM.
  5. Mozaffari, A. (2010). ‘Towards a Theory of Imagining Places’ in Ostwald, M. and Chapman, M. eds., Imagining, Newcastle SAHANZ, 296-303.
  6. Mozaffari, A. (2006). ‘The Origins of the Ancient Iran Museum (AIM)’ in McMinn, T, Stephens, J. and Basson, S. (eds.), Contested Terrains, Perth: SAHANZ, 267-272.
  7. Mozaffari, A. (2005). ‘Tradition and the Formation of the Intangible Morphology of Cities in Iran’ in Leach, A. and Mathewson, G., Celebration, Napier: SAHANZ, 340-345.
  8. Mozaffari, A. (2004). ‘A Riddle of National Identity Unravelling the National Museum of Australia (NMA)’, in H., E. and Frichot, H. (eds.), Limits, Melbourne: SAHANZ, 340-345.
  9. Mozaffari, A. (2003). ‘Architecture as A Fragment of Progress: The Case of the Glassware and Ceramic Museum’, in Stead, N. and Goosheh, M. (eds.), Progress, Sydney: SAHANZ, 211-218.
  10. Mozaffari, A. (2003). ‘The Haptic Design Studio’, in The T. E. Team (eds.), Melbourne: Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia (AASA), online publication.


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Heritage Destruction in the Caucasus With a Specific Focus on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict

A Mozaffari, J Barry

(2023), pp. 333-342, The Routledge Handbook of Heritage Destruction, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Heritage diplomacy and soft power competition between Iran and Turkey: competing claims over Rumi and Nowruz

Ali Mozaffari, Ali Akbar

(2023), pp. 1-18, The International Journal of Cultural Policy, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Heritage and territorial disputes in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict: a comparative analysis of the carpet museums of Baku and Shusha

A Mozaffari, J Barry

(2022), Vol. 28, pp. 318-340, International Journal of Heritage Studies, C1

journal article

In search of continuity with the past: Houshang Seyhoun's Ferdowsi mausoleum complex as cultural landscape

A Mozaffari, N Westbrook

(2022), Vol. 79, pp. 298-319, International Journal of Environmental Studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Iran's soft power in Azerbaijan: shifting cultural dynamics in the post-Soviet era

A Mozaffari, A Akbar

(2022), International Journal of Cultural Policy, C1

journal article

Screening Heritage: Critical Heritage and Film Through the Example of "Taq Kasra: Wonder of Architecture" Documentary

A Mozaffari, J Gonzalez Zarandona

(2021), Vol. 14, pp. 1-21, Heritage and Society, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Excavating the Past: The Ferdowsi Monument by Houshang Seyhoun

Ali Mozaffari, Nigel Westbrook

(2021), Vol. 37, pp. 304-318, SAHANZ 2020 : What if? What Next? Speculations on History's Futures, Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Perth, Western Australia, E1


Development, architecture, and the formation of heritage in late twentieth-century Iran : a vital past

Ali Mozaffari, Nigel Westbrook

(2020), Manchester, Eng., A1


Heritage Activism through the Iranian Media

A Mozaffari, Tod Jones

(2020), Cultural Heritage Activism, Politics and Identity: Heritage Movements in Asia, New York, N.Y., B1

book chapter

Assessing the Status of Yazd Province Medical Emergency and Accident Management Center in Terms of Necessary Standards for Air Emergencies

H Jafari, M Ranjbar, A Mozaffari, A Sadeghi, S Aliabadi

(2020), Vol. 6, pp. 47-56, Health in Emergencies and Disasters Quarterly, Munster, Germany, C1

journal article

Heritage movements in Asia : cultural heritage activism, politics, and identity

A Mozaffari, T Jones

(2020), New York, N.Y., A7

edited book

Forum: Reflecting on the politics of patrimony

A Clarke, C Dewi, K Greenop, A Mozaffari, K Salma, N Westbrook, T Winter

(2018), Vol. 28, pp. 256-271, Fabrications, C1

journal article

Designing a revolutionary habitat: Tradition, heritage and housing in the immediate aftermath of the iranian revolution - Continuities and disruptions

A Mozaffari, N Westbrook

(2018), Vol. 28, pp. 185-211, Fabrications, C1

journal article

Reclaiming Islamic heritage through the image of traditional habitat

A Mozaffari, N Westbrook

(2017), Vol. 1, pp. 47-65, The making of Islamic heritage : Muslim pasts and heritage presents, New York, N.Y., B1

book chapter

Tourism and Political Change: the return of the "idea of Iran" (2005-2015)

A Mozaffari, R Karimian, S Mousavi

(2017), pp. 14-14, Tourism and Political Change, Oxford, Eng., B1

book chapter

Heritage Contests: What Can We Learn from Social Movements?

T Jones, A Mozaffari, J Jasper

(2017), Vol. 10, pp. 1-25, Heritage and Society, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Picturing Pasargadae: Visual Representation and the Ambiguities of Heritage in Iran

A Mozaffari

(2017), Vol. 50, pp. 601-634, Iranian Studies, C1

journal article

The (unfinished) museum at Pasargadae

A Mozaffari, N Westbrook

(2016), pp. 197-224, World Heritage in Iran: perspectives on Pasargadae, Abingdon, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

Conceptualising a World Heritage site

A Mozaffari

(2016), pp. 1-28, World Heritage in Iran: perspectives on Pasargadae, Abingdon, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

Negotiating identity: representing heritage movement through mass media in Iran

A Mozaffari

(2016), pp. 15-34, Indian Ocean Futures: Communities, Sustainability and Security, Newcastle, B1

book chapter

Open letter to the president elect: an example of heritage activism through the media in Iran

A Mozaffari

(2016), pp. 15-33, Indian Ocean futures: communities, sustainability and security, Newcastle upon Tyne, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

World heritage in Iran perspectives on Pasargadae

A Mozaffari

(2016), London, Eng., A7-1

edited book

The heritage NGO: A case study on the role of grass roots heritage societies in Iran and their perception of cultural heritage

A Mozaffari

(2015), Vol. 21, pp. 845-861, International journal of heritage studies, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Shushtar No'w: urban image and fabrication of place in an Iranian new town, and its relation to the international discourse on regionalism

A Mozaffari, N Westbrook

(2015), pp. 1-15, Fusion journal: rise and fall of social housing: future directions, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1

journal article

A return to the beginnings of regionalism: Shushtar New Town seen in the light of the 2nd International Congress of Architects, Persepolis, Iran 1974

N Westbrook, A Mozaffari

(2015), Vol. 32, pp. 715-725, SAHANZ 2015 : Architecture, Institutions and Change. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Sydney, N.S.W., E1-1


Forming national identity in Iran: the idea of homeland derived from ancient Persian and Islamic imaginations of place

A Mozaffari

(2014), London, Eng., A1-1


The (Unfinished) Museum at Pasargadae

Ali Mozaffari, Nigel Westbrook


book chapter

Islamism and Iran's Islamic Period Museum

A Mozaffari

(2013), Vol. 19, pp. 259-269, International journal of heritage studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The problem of a site museum for Pasargadae World Heritage site (Iran)

A Mozaffari

(2012), Vol. 4, pp. 41-55, International journal of the inclusive museum, Champaign, Ill., C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Transcending religion: pre-Islamic heritage and cultural stability in Iran

Dr Ali Mozaffari

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2019: $125,670
  • 2018: $123,327
  • 2017: $121,504


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