Nashid Nabian was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, and earned a Master's in Architectural Engineering at Shahid Beheshti University. She pursued her post-graduate studies at the University of Toronto's Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, where she earned a Master of Urban Design degree, and received the Toronto Association of Young Architects award for her thesis on the enhancement of the Toronto Waterfront. Since 2003, she has been partner at Arsh Design Studio, a Tehran-based architecture office both nationally and internationally recognized for its projects: Dollat II, a residential apartment by Arsh Design Studio, has been short-listed for the current cycle of the Agha Khan Architecture award. She also holds a Doctor of Design degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Nashid's research focuses on the digital augmentation of architecture and constructed landscapes, particularly public spaces, and how novel technologies can impact the spatial experience by soliciting the needs and desires of inhabitants or users. In line with this research agenda, she has taught graduate seminar and design studio courses at Toronto University and Rice University. Most recently, she has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Rodolphe El-Koury from the University of Toronto, with whom she has collaborated on various interactive installations and responsive artifacts. Her research and projects in the field of digital augmentation have been showcased in various venues, including the ACADIA, IEEE Digital Ecosystems Conference; the UCMedia Conference on User-Centric Media, the Mobile Multimedia Communications Conference, Toronto's Nuit Blanche Annual Event, New Orleans' American Institute of Architects DesCours Festival, and SEED Magazine. Currently, she is a post-doctoral fellow at MIT SENSEable City Lab, while holding a lecturer position in the Department of Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design.