After gaining his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Tehran, Hossein Lavasani worked as a civil specialist in a number of companies involved in the development of off-shore and on-shore gas and oil fields in Persian Gulf region. In addition to his development experience, he has also worked as a civil engineer and construction manager for a well-known cement manufacturing company in northern Iran.
He has earned his M.S. degree in civil and environmental engineering from Southern Illinois University in 2011, where he focused his studies on sustainability issues and wrote a thesis on mitigating environmental impacts of construction sector by making concrete mixtures more sustainable and environmentally friendly. During his studies at SIU he also worked as both a teaching and research assistant for departments of civil engineering and construction management.
As a current PhD student in the Urban and Regional Planning, he serves as Margaret McFarland`s research associate in the Real Estate Development Program. His responsibilities include conducting research and providing programmatic and administrative assistance. He has previously served as the Assistant Editor for the Real Estate Review as well as providing Teaching Assistance to a number of real estate faculty.
His academic and research interests include dynamics of capital markets in relation to sustainable real estate, impacts of environmental factors on property values, economic feasibility study of green buildings, and market penetration of LEED certified buildings.