Anahita Shadkam

PhD, Planning

Anahita Shadkam's photoPrior Degrees:

Masters, Master of Science in Architecture, Pennsylvania University, 2017

Masters, Master of Architecture, Art University of Isfahan, 2013

Undergraduate, Bachelor of Architecture, Art University of Isfahan, 2011

Planning Interests:

  • Children's playspaces
  • Informal play and street play
  • Design and quality of urban public realm
  • Urban form analysis
  • Annotated mapping and diagramming

Research Topic:

Children's Play in Metropolitan Areas: The Importance of Informal Playspaces in the Urban Context

Presentations/Publications/Professional Experience:

  • Shadkam, A. & Moos, M. (2020) Keeping Young Families in the Centre: A Pathways Approach to Child-friendly Urban Design, Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Shadkam, A. (2020) Life within Subsidized Walls: Identifying Informal Uses of Space Among Affortable Housing Tenants in Pennsylvania, Manuscript in preparation.
  • Shadkam, A. (2019) Children’s play Experience in Urban Environments: In Search for Child-friendly Planning. Urban Affairs Association Conference, Los Angeles, California, April 24 — 27.
  • Shadkam, A. & Moos, M. (2018) The Availability of Children’s Play Spaces in Youthified Neighbourhoods: A Case study of Portland and New York. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference, Buffalo, New York, October 25 — 28.
  • Kunze, D. & Shadkam, A. (2018) The Orthopsychic Death Dream of Vertigo: Film as Architectural Anamorph. South West Popular American Culture Association conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 7 — 8.

At the University of Waterloo:

  • Speaker Series Coordinator, Association of Graduate Planners (AGP), 2019-2020
  • Teaching Assistant for PLAN 405: Integrated Planning Project, Winter 2018
  • External Critic (mid-term and final projects) for PLAN 210: Urban Planning Design and Environment, Fall 2017


  • Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS), 2017-2021
  • International Doctoral Student Award (IDSA), 2017-2020
  • UW Graduate Scholarship, 2017-2019
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