ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO AFSHAN BEHNAMGHADER
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NOTABLE HONORS AND AWARDS
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
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.
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
TABLE OF CONTENTS ACADEMICS
01 DESERT BEDROCK
02 THE STAIR HOUSE
03 THE STACK APARTMENTS
04 VILLA FOR YOUNGER SISTER
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.
COMPRESS - EXPAND
NATURAL PHENOMENA RESPONSE
PROSPECT - REFUGE
VIEW - PROSPECT
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
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
6 Stacking the Module
9 Modules Subtraction to Create Spaces
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 unitsâ€™ 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.
STACKING - OPERATION
1 - Stacking
2 - Base Mass
3 - Compression
4 - Rotation/Space
5 - Detaching
6 - Sliding
7 - Lifting
8 - Connection
STACKING UNITS ON EACH OTHER
SUBTRACTING LIGHT AND SPACE
FINAL ORGANIZATION AND ORIENTATION
N 4th Ave
E University Blvd.
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 ďŹ‚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
Combination of Cubes
Extending the Porch
Extending the Nature
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
SITE LOCATION Unsecured Urban Spaces Beautiful Urban Landscape
4. LACK OF SIDEWALKS
2. UNPROTECTED GREEN SPACES
5. INACTIVE SPACES
3. UNDEVELOPED LANDS
6. UNSECURED SPACES
Public Park Undeveloped Land Hakim Highway
Undeveloped Land Undeveloped Land Unsecured Area Lack of Sidewalks High Density Urban Fabric Disordered Organic Urban Developement
Beautiful Urban Landscape Public Park
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 communityâ€™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.
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.
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:
PEDESTRIAN PATHWAY BUS
Widening the Street to Facilitate Transportation
Strengthen Green Spaces
Frontage for the Mosque
movement of people in the neighborhood to Omrani Plaza and presence of them in the plaza for a while.
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
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
SÃ¼leymaniye Mosque- Istanbul - Turkey Graphite on paper 18*23 cm 2015
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
Copper and Stone
THANK YOU Afshan Behnamghader email@example.com (520)609-3990