Personal Greeting Ali Heshmati, AIA

Henning Larsen Architects

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Henning Larsen Architects


As a licenced architect with more than 30 years experience in architecture, public art, and fine arts, Ali has worked on several large-scale award-winning projects. His architectural work during the last 10 years has focused on the impact of the built environment on mental and physiological health and wellbeing. Heshmati is a PhD candidate researching the impact of light on the brain's regulation of circadian system, health, mood fluctuations, cognitive performance and focus. He is a frequent speaker on the intersection of neuroscience and architecture and impact of design on health. 


Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Trondheim, Norway
PhD, 2024
Architecture and Neuroscience
2019 To 2023
Dissertation: Impact of Available Daylight on Brain's Regulation of Circadian System
Advisor: Professor Barbara Matuziak

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
B Arch, First Professional Degree, 1992
1986 To 1992
Dissertation: Ephemeral Architecture
Advisor: Todd Rhoades

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Pre-arch and Art student
1984 To 1986

Job History

Henning Larsen Architects
Senior Architect
Bergen, Norway
February 2019 - present

Laboratory for Environments, Architecture & Design
October 1999 - October 2019

University of Minnesota
Adj. Ass. Professor
September 1996 - February 2003

CONstruct Architects Inc.
Founding partner, Principal Architect
January 1996 - October 1999

Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.
Intern Architect, Design Architect
January 1992 - January 1996