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ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO AFSHAN BEHNAMGHADER


AFSHAN BEHNAMGHADER

Email afshanbeh@email.arizona.edu Phone +15206093990

Portfolio https://issuu.com/afshanbehnamghader/docs/afshan_porfolio EDUCATION

NOTABLE HONORS AND AWARDS

2016-2019 Ongoing Master degree in Architecture at University of Arizona, College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture.

2016 Awarded Graduate Scholarship from the University of Arizona.

2013-2016 Master of Urban Management at University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran 2009-2013 Bachelor of Urban Planning at University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran Ranked 3rd 2005-2009 Diploma in Mathematics and Physics at Zohreh Tehrani High School, Tehran, Iran Ranked 2nd

2013 Awarded Graduate Full Scholarship from the University of Tehran, Iran. 2013 Accepted into the Master of Urban Management without entrance exam, University of Tehran, Iran. 2013 Awarded as an Exceptional Talent from the University of Tehran Faculty of Fine Arts. 2013 Ranked 3rd among students of School of Urban Planning, University of Tehran, Iran. 2009 Accepted into the Bachelor of Urban Planning with full scholarship, University of Tehran, Iran. 2009 Top 0.3% of the Nationwide Entrance Exam of Iranian Universities.

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE 2017 Material Operations|A Fabrication Seminar with John Patkau and

Pete Wenger of Patkau Architects: Working directly with materials—bending and breaking them, experiencing their features, at the University of Arizona.

2016 GIGA-mapping the Architectural Performance Appreciation of New Coming Cultures, at the University of Arizona. 2015 "Architecture and Interior Design" 253-hour program at "Iranian Architecture Center”, Tehran, Iran. 2010 and 2011 “Understanding Iranian Architecture” Two-week workshop to analysis vernacular architecture of Gorgan and Shushtar historical cities and proposing modern design strategies based on the environmental conditions, Iran.

SKILL HIGHLIGHTS Software Rhinoceros, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, DIALux, Revit Architecture, Microsoft Office and ArcGIS. Visual Arts Free Hand Drawing, Painting, Illustration, Photography. Sports TRX, Tennis, Swimming

JOB EXPERIENCE 2017 Summer Internship, Architectural intern in CLL. Concept Lighting Lab, LLC, Tucson, Arizona - May to July 2017 2017 Graduate Teaching Assistantship, In first and second year undergraduate Foundation Studios. The University of Arizona Spring 2017 2015-2016 Part Time Architecture Trainee and Design Assistant, Jahan Armeh Construction Company, Housing and Building Division.

2013-2014 Graphic Designer,

Responsible for designing logo, web site and catalogs of the Spatial Service Team.

VOLUNTARY EXPERIENCE 2017 The AIA Southern Arizona Inspiration Week - Model Exhibit Support team of Prof. Brad Lang and Prof. Darci Hazelbaker in preparation and showcase over sixty architectural models from practices throughout the state. at the University of Arizona, College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture. 2016 Voluntary Design Studio Teaching Assistant in “Architecture and Interior Design” 253-hour program at Iranian Architecture Center. 2009-2011 Faculty of Fine Arts Student Association Organizer at University of Tehran, Iran. Responsible for managing Department trips and events.


TABLE OF CONTENTS ACADEMICS

MISCELLANEOUS

01 MOUNT LEMMON COURTYARD

FINE LINES

02 DESERT BEDROCK

CREATIVE LINES

03 THE STAIR HOUSE

PHOTOGRAPHY

04 THE STACK APARTMENTS

HANDICRAFT

05VILLA FOR YOUNGER SISTER

06 SAEE PATHWAY


ACADEMICS MOUNT LEMMON COURTYARD DESERT BEDROCK THE STAIR HOUSE THE STACK APARTMENTS VILLA FOR YOUNGER SISTER SAEE PATHWAY


01 Mount Lemmon Courtyard Sky/Visitor Center

Desing Studio Tutor: Prof. Brad Land Spring 2017 University of Arizona


The Mount Lemmon Sky/Visitor Center is an expression of relationship between user and Environment. This Visitor center is a Connection between natural and constructed environment. The project weaves itself to the landscape and trees, rising from the ground, with multiple observation terraces is an exposure toward the context. This visitor center is organized radially by series of rectangular spaces, nested in each other and in ground that defines a courtyard in the center. Acting like a ramp, the building rotates and reveals several landscape exhibits that celebrates visual and physical features of the surrounding. This project is a dramatic experience of connecting to nature where architecture enables innovative ways of experiencing the landscape.

CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

RADIAL ORGANIZATION

ORDERING PARTI


The main goal in the organization of spaces here is to make a connection between this building and its environment. This goal is defined by organizing all spaces around one main gathering area that also responds to the environmental condition and cold climate of the site. Surrounded and sheltered by visitor center spaces, the gathering space is protected from heavy and freezing wind and provides a balance between shade and light in the different seasons of the year.The building is located on the intense slope and spaces organization is defined by the integration to this unique topography. This created opportunities to use roofs that could be a place to use as a space of visual connection to the nature.


SITE PLAN


GROUND FLOOR


FI RST FLOOR


SEC T ION D RAW I NG


02 DESERT [BED]ROCK Design Studio Tutor: Prof. Brad Lang Spring 2016 University of Arizona


Desert BEDRock pavilion is about catching natural speciďŹ c features of Sonoran Desert and to engage human body with them. The project initial statement came from self-experience of ascending in the King Canyon. Spending some time in the silence of desert and watching prospects of the site, shaped my attitude toward deign a space for catching views. Also, Tucson heavy rains formed the Idea of a shelter from the power of nature. So, Prospect and Refuge became my design phenomena. The shape of natural rocks has become the incentive of design. Exploring the ways of manipulation, the base mass by the means of white CMU blocks and adapting them to sit in the context and to provide opportunities for a guest interaction with design and desert. The Design mass is cut in purposeful angels, and these different slopes and orientation of surfaces provide variety of engagement opportunities for the human body, including sitting and sleeping.


DESIGN OPERATION

CARVE

COMPRESS - EXPAND

BODY ENGAGEMENT

NATURAL PHENOMENA RESPONSE

FOLD

CEASE

PROSPECT - REFUGE

REFUGE

SUN PATTERN

VIEW - PROSPECT


SITE ANALYSIS

SUMMER SUN

WINTER SUN


PHENOMENAL RESPONSE


PHYSICAL MODEL


SPACES

OPERATION

FUNCTION

The idea behind this project is to present the operation of stacking as the main concept of a spatial development for creating a habitable space for housing of a family of three. The design concept developed by using 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches wooden modules with different lengths to create different spaces in of dwelling, in a 16 inches by 32 inches imaginary rectangular site in Tucson. The whole house is a stair. It is open to sky and to catch as much light as it can. Wooden modules are not only used as space makers and furniture, but also is vertical circulation member and place to choose where to go and more importantly as a place to sit, talk and communicate with other family members and guests.

1 The Base Mass

2 Expansion

4 Reduction

5 Expansion to One Side

03 THE STAIR HOUSE Design Studio Tutor: Prof. Christopher Domin Fall 2016 University of Arizona

7 Mass Created by Stacked Modules

8 Modules Expansion

DESIGN PROCESS


3 Expansion

SOUTH SUNLIGHT

6 Stacking the Module

9 Modules Subtraction to Create Spaces

VENTILATION

SECTION DRAWINGS


03 THE STACK APARTMENTS Design Studio - Final Project Tutor: Prof. Christopher Domin Fall 2016 University of Arizona


Developing the idea of stacking materials to create a shelter in the Design Studio course, the goal is to design an apartment consisting ďŹ ve residential units which is created as a result of stacking wooden and concrete slabs. In this project the idea of stacking is implemented both in units’ creation and also in the organization of the units on and beside each other. The special program of the apartments is a room for observation the sky and the city of Tucson which is oriented toward beautiful sunset of the city and also toward 4th street as the main gathering street of the downtown.


SITE ANALYSIS

STACKING - OPERATION

1 - Stacking

2 - Base Mass

3 - Compression

4 - Rotation/Space

5 - Detaching

6 - Sliding

7 - Lifting

8 - Connection


UNIT ORGANIZATION

STACKING UNITS ON EACH OTHER

SUBTRACTING LIGHT AND SPACE

FINAL ORGANIZATION AND ORIENTATION

AXONOMETRIC VIEW


N 4th Ave

PLAN VIEWS

E University Blvd.

FOURTH FLOOR

THIRD FLOOR

SECOND FLOOR

FIRST FLOOR

GROUND FLOOR


PHYSICAL MODEL Achieving the experimental and the tectonic approach of the design studio, the model was built by stacking apartment units as design modules on each other. This process helped me to feel and experience the simpliďŹ ed construction process and to the atmosphere of the spaces in the apartment. Assembling model revealed the structural concerns of the design and the building response to light and shadow.


05 VILLA FOR YOUNGER SISTER Design Studio Tutor: Saloomeh Mohammadi Architecture and Interior Design" program" Iranian Architecture Center 2015 September to December


The Villa for Younger Sister is a modern house encapsulates the essence of living in the temperate climate of Tehran, Iran. The plan creates open spaces which encourage natural ventilation and offer residents view to beautiful landscapes. Rotated balconies symbolizing the dynamic nature of the nature while they are used as a green roof giving residents some outdoor leisure spaces. This residential design house gives residents the opportunity to live in harmony and comfortably with nature. Lushly planted roof gardens and balconies surround the house add to the effect that nature is evident in every part of the house. The rotation of second oor is to better absorb the desirable wind from southwest and provides a better view to beautiful urban landscape in north east of the house. The project demonstrate how technology, planning and design can be applied sensitively to generate a comfortable, luxurious, yet sustainable family home.

Ground Floor Plan

First Floor Plan


DESIGN 1

Combination of Cubes

PROCESS

Extending the Porch

Roof Garden

5

4

Appropriate Views

3

2

Extending the Nature


Natural Ventilation

Free space

Summer Sun

Winter Sun

S E C T I O N S


Saee valley in the city of Tehran, Iran, is located between two important public parks. This area has been separated to two parts by a highway. This has affected the vegetation and urban development of the valley, in the way that the condition of the northern and the southern part of the highway has become different. The vision is to reconnect two parts of the valley, in order to make an integrated zone. Because of the pure vegetation and ďŹ ne slope of the area which provides beautiful urban landscapes, the goal is designing a pedestrian street as a linear public space for leisure.

06 SAEE PATHWAY Final Studio Tutor: Prof. Meysam Masoumi Summer 2013 University of Tehran


Public Park

Iran

Tehran

6th District

Sae’e Neighborhood

Pure Vegetation

SITE LOCATION Unsecured Urban Spaces Beautiful Urban Landscape

1. INACCESSIBILITY

4. LACK OF SIDEWALKS

2. UNPROTECTED GREEN SPACES

5. INACTIVE SPACES

3. UNDEVELOPED LANDS

6. UNSECURED SPACES

Public Park Undeveloped Land Hakim Highway

SITE ANALYSIS

Undeveloped Land Undeveloped Land Unsecured Area Lack of Sidewalks High Density Urban Fabric Disordered Organic Urban Developement

Beautiful Urban Landscape Public Park

Poor Vegetation


M A S T E R Reach To Reach is to extend the existing routes, in order to improve the transportation and the connectivity to other places.

Bridge To Bridge is to make a physical connection between two separate parts of the site to make an integrated linear urban space.

P L A N

S T R A T E G I E S Link To Link is to connect important landmarks, parks, neighborhoods and public spaces together to make an integrated linear public space.

Mix To Mix is to create places for interaction. To put different land uses together and create an active pedestrian street.

1 Pedestrian Priority Putting Pedestrians First. This could be possible by decreasing the role of automobiles and Increasing sidewalk width and adding urban furniture on the pathway. 2 Livability Adding up factors to improve community’s quality of life - including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, entertainment and recreation possibilities. 3 Connectivity Increase connections between people, places, and the things they need to become more vibrant. 4 Mix Land Use Combination of residential, commercial, cultural, institutional, recreational and entertainment uses, which are physically and functionally integrated. 5 Optional Activities Increasing the diversity of activities in the public space to increase the chance of attracting different generation and genders to the area.


MISCELLANEOUS FINE LINES CREATIVE LINES HANDICRAFT PHOTOGRAPHY


FINE LINES


Nameless Oil Color on Canvas 40*50 cm 2015 - 2016


Him Graphite on paper 32*38 cm Personal 2014

Untitled Graphite on paper 25*31 cm Personal 2014


Movement Graphite on paper 37.5*40 cm 2013 2014


Ink on Paper 29.7 cm* 42 cm 2015


Tehran City Theater - Tehran - Iran Ink on Paper 18*23 cm 2014

Süleymaniye Mosque- Istanbul - Turkey Graphite on paper 18*23 cm 2015


CREATIVE LINES

Colored Pencil 17*34 cm "Architecture and Interior Design" program 2015

Shushtar - Iran Ink & Colored Pencil on Paper 18*23 cm 2015


Cultural Center Architectural Presentation "Architecture and Interior Design" program 2015

Ink & Marker 24*39 cm "Architecture and Interior Design" program 2015


HANDICRAFT NATURE OF MATERIAL

BENDING LAMINATING 2016 University of Arizona

KERF CUTTING-BENDING LAMINATING 2016 University of Arizona


GOLD STONE COPPER Design and Assemblage

Copper and Stone

2014

Copper and Stone

2013


Tehran

Isfahan


THANK YOU Afshan Behnamghader afshanbeh@email.arizona.edu (520)609-3990

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