Hamid Shirvani
Hamid Shirvani

Dr. Hamid Shirvani

California State University, Stanislaus

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Hamid Shirvani has served as president of California State University, Stanislaus since 2005. Since his appointment the university has seen substantial growth, including increases in research funding, enrollment and quality of student applicants and educational offerings. Shirvani also led the university through a successful reaccreditation effort.

Shirvani is widely known for his contributions to the fields of architecture and urban design and planning. He has authored three books as well as several dozen papers in various refereed and professional journals. His books have been used as major texts in classrooms throughout the United States and abroad.

Shirvani has served as Vice Chair of the Economic and Workforce Development Committee and a member of the Presidentís Council of National Collegiate Athletic Association II, the Professional Development Center of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Commission on International Initiatives of the American Council on Education, the executive committee of the Higher Education Consortium of Central California, the board of trustees of the Gallo Center for the Performing Arts, and the governing board of the Stockton Site Authority.

Academic Experience

President and Professor of Art and Architecture, California State University, Stanislaus, 2005 to date.

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Martha Masters Professor of Art and Architecture, Chapman University, 2000-05.

Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research and Professor of Urban Studies, Queens College of The City University of New York, 1995-2000.

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, 1992-95.

Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado at Denver, 1986-90.

Professor of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado at Denver, 1986-92.

Director of the School of Urban Policy and Professor of Urban Planning and Development, University of Louisville, 1985-86.

Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor/Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sciences, State University of New York at Syracuse, 1982-85.

Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, Pennsylvania State University, 1979-82.


Ph.D., Princeton University
M.L.A., Harvard University
M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic University
M.Arch., Pratt Institute
B.Arch., Polytechnic University of Central London