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Intern’s Name: Ardavan Tookaloo
Graduate Civil Engineer
Scholarship: Master of Science in Architectural Studies


Master of Science in Architectural Studies

The Campus Planning department at the University of Utah, hired Ardavan as an intern to develop a Post Occupancy Evaluation and examine this research through studying and monitoring the performance of one of their recently built buildings on campus. For this study Ardavan did a broad literature study on Post Occupancy Evaluation. Based on University of Utah requirement and Ardavan’s broad research, he defined his scope of work and decided to continue his investigation by looking at his research through different lenses. After his literature study, Ardavan developed a POE manual for University of Utah. Then he tested this inquiry and did a building performance analysis. He started his investigation with a focused group meetings and interviews followed by survey and personally monitoring the building performance and user’s behavior. As a result, this study highlighted the strength and weaknesses of that specific building and how it performs. However, the end goal of this research and test was to learn from former projects to use gathered knowledge in future buildings.

“Today in architectural world and industry, it is common to see that architects design and build for owners rather than users. On the other hands, sometimes they mainly focus on design that they forget to think about the functionality of a space and its effect on its users. To me, Post Occupancy Evaluation and building performance opened my eyes to the relation of a space and its users. It showed me how these two elements are connected. For instance, a very successful space in an office space helps its users to perform easier and be more productive, while a space without any natural light or stuffy air makes its users feel tired and uncomfortable and consequently their performance will be lower. To sum up, through this opportunity I learned a good design will be only a successful project when it satisfies its users first and help their productivity and then satisfies other parties or stakeholders involved within a project.”

Ardavan Tokaloo, Master of Science in Architectural Studies


“Leveraging industry partnerships with University research to improve planning, construction and operations creates distinct advantages to the institution. It is a great combination for cutting edge outcomes.”

John McNary , Director of Campus Planning University of Utah