Parastoo Eshrati is an Iranian architect, landscape architect, and landscape conservationist. She is an assistant professor at the University of Tehran, College of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. She has PhD in Architecture (University of Tehran, Iran, 2008-2013), Master of Art in Landscape Architecture (University of Tehran, Iran 2006-2008), and bachelor of Architecture (Shiraz University, Iran, 2001-2006).
Her MA thesis was on historic landscape and her Ph.D. dissertation was about developing a theatrical framework for the concept of cultural landscape with an emphasis on conservation of historic urban landscapes of Isfahan City. In 2011, she spent five months at ICCROM in Rome as a visiting researcher and worked on her dissertation under the supervision of ICCROM academic members. She took a course on Managements and Monitoring of World Heritage Site in ICCROM (ICCROM, CACH, SACH, 2017).
Parastoo is one of the first persons who raised the issue of “landscape conservation” at the academic level in Iran, and thus made effective steps in strengthening the relations of the two separate academic disciplines, landscape & conservation, in national level. She also has tried to strengthen the scientific and professional infrastructure of cultural landscape and Historic Urban Landscape conservation in Iran in recent years. She has published several scientific papers on these topics and is the reviewer of some scientific journals.
She has done a national scale research on cultural landscapes and Historic Urban Landscape for the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, Iran to update urban conservation and development policies based on the landscape-based approach. Parastoo has worked as a landscape architect, urban conservationist, and architect in several private consultancies in some historic cities of Iran since 2005 and was project leader of several landscape projects.
She is now working with Iranian Society of Landscape Professionals (ISLAP) & the Cultural Landscape Group. She is really interested in expanding the international scientific cooperation between Iran and other countries for upcoming seminars, workshops, specialized courses, joint research program and etc.