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ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO AFSHAN BEHNAMGHADER


AFSHAN BEHNAMGHADER

Email afshanbeh@email.arizona.edu Phone +15206093990

EDUCATION

NOTABLE HONORS AND AWARDS

JOB EXPERIENCE

2016 Ongoing Master degree in Architecture at University of Arizona

2017 Awarded Graduate Teaching Assistantship from the University of Arizona.

2013-2016 Master of Urban Management at University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

2016 Awarded Graduate University of Arizona.

2015-2016 Part Time Architecture Trainee and Design Assistant, Jahan Armeh Construction Company, Housing and Building Division.

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

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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.

2014 Independent English Teacher, Individual sessios for teaching the elementary and intermediate level of English language to the high school and middle school students in Tehran, Iran. 2013-2014 Graphic Designer, Responsible for designing logo, web site and catalogs of the Spatial Service Team.

2013 Ranked 3rd among students of School of Urban Planning, University of Tehran, Iran.

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE 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. 2012 “Professional Architectural Sketch” 3-month program at “Civil House- Research and Development Institute", Tehran, Iran. 2010 and 2011 “Understanding Iranian Architecture” Two-week workshop to analysis vernacular architecture of Gorgan and Shushtar historical cities and providing modern design strategies based on their environmental conditions, Iran.

2010 and 2011 Top 2% of Architectures and Urban Designers accepted into “Understanding Iranian Architecture Workshop” in Gorgan and Shushtar, Iran. 2009 Accepted into the Bachelor of Urban Planning with full scholarship, University of Tehran, Iran.

LANGUAGES Farsi Native English Fluent

2009 Top 0.3% of the Nationwide Entrance Exam of Iranian Universities.

SKILL HIGHLIGHTS

VOLUNTARY EXPERIENCE

Software Rhinoceros, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Office, Revit and ArcGIS.

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.

Visual Arts Free Hand Drawing, Photography. Sports TRX, Tennis, Swimming

Painting,

Illustration,


TABLE OF CONTENTS ACADEMICS

MISCELLANEOUS

01 DESERT BEDROCK

FINE LINES

02 THE STAIR HOUSE

CREATIVE LINES

03 THE STACK APARTMENTS

ADVENTURE

04 VILLA FOR YOUNGER SISTER

HANDICRAFT

05 SAEE PATHWAY

06 OMRANI SWITCH


ACADEMICS DESERT BEDROCK THE STAIR HOUSE THE STACK APARTMENTS VILLA FOR YOUNGER SISTER SAEE PATHWAY OMRANI SWITCH


01 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

02 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.


04 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.

05 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.


OMRANI PLAZA The focus was on the main problems in Zargandeh, which is lacking of a constant plaza. The vision of this project is to "Improve the place in order to help intensify the identity and mutual relationships in the neighborhood". This place is described as the region's plaza, as a public space to embrace pilgrims of the Qoba mosque and to gather people from in and out of the region, into this active public space.

06 OMRANI SWITCH Urban Design Studio Tutor: Prof. Aminzadeh Fall 2012 University of Tehran Site Analysis and Sustainable Urban Design and Social Justice Approaches.


SITE ANALYSIIS

Disordered Urban Fabric

Undesirable Urban Growth

Mobility Each mobility mode constitute a type of switch: bus stops, car and bike Parking.

Social The social switches are transition from public to private and from private to public.

Functional A switch can be the transition between functions. Functions are mainly shops and residences.

Poor Vegetation

Unsecured Urban Space

SWITCH A transition from one condition to another can be seen as a switch. The Switch here is about to create Omrani Public Plaza. Switching to Omrani plaza can be divided to three categories of action:

USERS

PEDESTRIAN PATHWAY BUS

BIKE

PUBLIC FRONTSTAGE

PRIVATE BACKSTAGE

CUTURAL

RELIGIOUS

COMMERCIAL

RESIDENTIAL


Widening the Street to Facilitate Transportation

Strengthen Green Spaces

Frontage for the Mosque

Side Walks

IN The

movement of people in the neighborhood to Omrani Plaza and presence of them in the plaza for a while.

OUT

The movement of people from all parts of the region and surrounding neighborhoods to Omrani Plaza

Adding Water to the Public Space

Mix Land Use

Demolition of Old Urban Texture

Regeneration of Historic Buildings

P R O P O S E D

L A Y O U T


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


Afshan Behnamghader