Ali Afshar is an assistant professor of Eqbal Lahoori Institute for Higher Education in Iran. He holds a PhD in architectural studies from University Putra Malaysia. He also completed his master of architecture at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran. His researches focus on a substantial amount of investigation in vernacular architecture and tourism studies and their application in scientific and business problems. He demonstrates the feasibility of his ideas by implementing the knowledge of vernacular architecture and integrating it into the architectural design of residential and recreational complexes, mostly in tourism destinations of Iran. He is a member of founding committee and advisory board of Euro-Asia Tourism Studies Association and a founding member of Experimental Research in Architecture, Societies and Innovative Territories international group.