Dr. Reza Foroughi


  • Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering-Construction, Pennsylvania State University
  • Master of Architectural Engineering-Architecture, University of Guilan
  • Bachelor of Architectural Engineering, University of Guilan  

Teaching Specialties:

  • Construction Engineering
  • Smart Buildings
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Integrated Building Systems
  • Net-Zero Energy Buildings
  • Eco-Friendly Architecture
  • Fundamentals of Building Design & Construction

Professional Affiliations or Organizations:

  • U.S. Green Building Council, LEED Green Associate
  • DOE Building Science of Race to Zero
  • Pennsylvania Housing Research Centre (PHRC)
  • Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), Construction Division

Research Interests:

  • Simulation-based energy optimization
  • Kinetic building envelopes
  • Optimum Geometrical Design Parameters
  • Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings
  • Window Shading Design
  • Biomimicry in Construction Engineering
  • Interactive Building Systems
  • Innovative Construction


  • Foroughi R, Asadi S, Khazaeli S. "On the Optimization of Energy Efficient Fenestration for Small Commercial Buildings in the United States". Journal of Cleaner Production. October 2020, 12:124604.
  • Foroughi, R., Asadi, S. and Khazaeli, S. "New Approach in Designing a Kinetic Window Shading Using Optimization Methods". Journal of Architectural Engineering. September 2020 26(3), p.04020023.
  • Foroughi R, Mostavi E, Asadi S. “Determining the Optimum Geometrical Design Parameters of Windows in Commercial Buildings: Comparison between Humid Subtropical and Humid Continental Climate Zones in the United States”. Journal of Architectural Engineering. August 2018 8;24(4):04018026.
  • Foroughi, R; “Optimum Geometrical Design Parameters of Windows in Residential Buildings”, 2018 IISE Annual Conference-The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. Orlando, USA, May 2018. Best paper award
  • Foroughi, R.; Asadi, S.; Khazaeli, S.; “Optimum Aspect Ratio of Windows in Small Commercial Buildings: A Comparison between Seven Climate Zones in the United States”, Construction Research Congress (CRC), New Orleans, USA, April 2018.
  • Foroughi, R.; Asadi, S.; “Energy Efficient Geometrical Design Parameters of Windows in Residential Building: A comparison between hot and cold climates in the United States”, 4th Residential Building Design & Construction Conference, State college, USA, February 2018.
  • Foroughi, R.; “Climate-responsive Strategies in Vernacular Houses in Northern Iran (Gilan)”, The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, November 2016, Volume 8-issue 2.
  • Foroughi, R.; Asadi, S.; “Evaluating the Impact of Window Design on Building Energy Consumption”, 11th Conference on Advanced Building Skin (ABS), Bern, Switzerland, October 2016.
  • Mostavi, E.; Foroughi, R.; Asadi, S.; “Integration of End-User Satisfaction in Multi-Objective Optimization Model in Design of High-Performance Commercial Building”, 16th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ICCCBE), Osaka, Japan, July 2016.

Courses Taught:

  • TEC 2758, Survey, Soils and Foundations 
  • TEC 3718, Construction Estimating 
  • TEC 4758 & 5758, Planning and Scheduling 
  • TEC 4778, Integrated Project Design and Delivery 
  • TEC 4901, Internship Portfolio
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-8563

Office address
Katherine Harper Hall 165