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Mohsen Marizad

Selected Works from 2010_2011

Curriculum Vitae

Resume of Mohsen Marizad Architect Personal Information

Born April 20, 1986 - Iran. Status: Married Address: C. Sevilla 19 Bajos, Barceloneta, Barcelona.

Contact Information

+34 (655) 344-018

Experience 2005-2010: Student of Architecture at the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, (Fine Arts School) of the University of Tehran. completed the undergraduate courses in September 2010 with an A average for the final project. 2010-2011: Master’s Program at Institute of advanced architecture of Catalonia (IaaC) with a focus on self-sufficient habitats, responsive architecture, parametric design, and metabolic structures. June - Sep. 2011: Team head for parametric design competition at Kermanian Architects in Tehran. Sep. 2011: Supervisor and team coordinator for Parametric Design Workshop in Isfahan, Iran

Architectural Achievements Interior decoration of town house in Kuhestan neighborhood in Tehran (2007). Festival of ‘Independant Women’; designed zoning and plans for festival grounds, circulation, and entry sequence (2007) Interior design and renovation of townhouse (2008). Restoration and design of a dilapidated building and the conversion to a Foreign Languages School in Hassan Abad, Tehran prefecture (2009). Design of a seasonal villa in Giv, Ghom prefecture for a middle aged couple. Villa is currently under construction (2010). Interior design of a coffeehouse on Vali-Asr St. in Tehran (2010).

Computer and Software Skills

Adobe Suite, Rhino, Grasshopper, Grasshopper Plugins i.e. Galapagos, Kangaroo, etc. Autodesk Ecotect Analysis Software, Rhino CAM, Edius Professional Film Editing Software, GIS.

Academic Research and Activities

Research and Lectures regarding issues pertaining to the village Diz Abad, of the Arak prefecture in Iran today. Methods were devised to address issues of city migration and desertion as well as means to revitalize the village (2007-2008). Research and lectures about the urban design and urban efficiency of the town of Mahalat, Isfahan prefecture (2008). Research of influences and capabilities of flexibility in residential architecture as well as effects of the dynamics of structural materials, udergraduate thesis addressed these aspects of architecture (2010).

References Available Upon Request.

Liquid Building

Barcelona block RS2_Self SufďŹ cient Buildings Instructor_Vicente Guallart This design was selected in and shown in ...

Project Parameters and Goals

Barcelona Parameters and Conditions

The Program Parameters

Self SufďŹ ciency

Three essential elements were considered during the design development of this project. - Parameters and contextual restrictions pertaining to Barcelona building standards. - Parameters introduced by the project program itself. - Zero emissions and sustainability as an ultimate design goal.

The density of the project’s program is very high and the area of the site canhouse a mere 1/3 of the program functions. This issue forced the design to resolve itself and the connectivity betweenthe various aspects of the program in the vertical.

The original design idea consisted of flower-like elements which interacted with a sort ofintelligent skin. The flower elements were to function as wind collectors. The skin was to react toenvironmental circumstances.As the design progressed the skin was wrapped around the entirety of the site; the flower elements as wind collectors were unfeasible, and pragmatically could function as rainwater collectors as well as servicing and structural elements. Openings were designed in the Skin roof to react to seasonal changes.

fool & empty

1_ basic design

Buiding & skin

tree & skin

2_ development

tree & building

Design Process

A central courtyard is implemented to solve the remaining light deďŹ cit within the site. A protective skin covers the structures housing the design program on each level; eliminating ventilation and heating issues resulting from the skin covering a vast expanse. The ower elements are reďŹ ned and function as rainwater and precipitation collectors which transfer the water to be treated and pumped. They also function as the vertical access points and structural reinforcement.

Architectural Elements

The program functions could be categorized within three general spacial divisions: private, semi-private and public spaces. By defining the relationship and interaction between the functions existing within these categories, a hierarchy was achieved that ultimately could manifest as an architectural element, that of an electric pole tower. This element is structurally stable and is the basis of the ‘flower’ element in the project.

Project Metabolism

As a result of the elevated heights between the levels, air can freely circulate between the structural units. This does not necessarily allow wind passage; but simple air circulation. Each level is designed to allow the maximum amount of sunlight to enter the levels, which in turn provides an environment conducive to the development of green spaces.

The Courtyard Seen from Levels A protective skin covers the structural units onall levels. This protects the habitable spaces from naturalelements while allowing open spaces for gatherings and green growth. The green spaces in the project are delicately positioned to interact positively with the levels, the structural units and the public spaces.

Synergy House DS2_Self Sufficent Building Tutors Viecente Guallart, Javier Pena

The goal of the project wasto design a self sudfficient, zero emissionbuilding block. To this end, this project hasdeveloped a system and architecturethat facilitatesvertical farming, which in itself is made of two components: the indoor garden and the green roof. The block is a three layered structure with the green space sandwiched between the two outer layers.This green space has a directionality whic flowsdown towards the ground level near the block entrance. This creates a green promenade that is open to the public and also acts as a sort of farmer’smarket where the produce can be sold to locals. The lower level buildings have a low-tech structural system of beam and columns, but the higher levels are a high-tech structural system of woodentrussesthat are strengthened with cables.

Goals - Employees (builders) are also users of the building - Architect as counselor not designer

What can happen if you convert the plan to the section?!

Solar Panel

Economy-Economy Can we make a building and sell / use it at a profit? I don’t thinking about building in quick profit but I think about it in long time profit. To this end the building is developed over time, not all at once, as other buildings are developed (i.e. depending on the manner of development the building may never be completed). Consequently as the buildingis growing, the deficits or requisites of the development are identified and the responses are adapted to resolve them, and this is the ultimate profit gained from the building. Economy-Equity Are construction employees earning a living wage? My idea is to find some way that the employees are users of the building. Actually I propose some management that the people can make their block and so they should decide and program their own wages and manner of use in their block and as an architect, I would just act as a counselor for this program.

Sun Shine warm Air

Green Roof Cool Wind Indoor Garden

Equity-Economy Are spaces affordable 4 reasonable range of public? Because of this end of manner the building doesn’t have any money limit for the people to afford it and also the exist people in block can make some manner way to help people to have life inside the block instead of working for block.


Design process


Because the green roof is comprised of various height differences it cannot be used as a public area, therefore the green roof reacts to the needs of the users by creating platforms which can be joined through a lift system according to the number of users on the roof at any given time

Time Table

Town of Tehran Suburbia Kermanian Architects


The complex is designed by considerings many paramters hennce;”parametric design”.The product of the prametric design is based on social,spatial and formal relationship between the neighboring blocks. prameter can includ everything.All the needs and preferences of this little society can be defined as a parameter of the design andincorprated in it.However,thereletion between heghts of buildind and open areas of the courtyards,the social life and human relationship in the neighborhoods, and also the effect of sunlight and wind direction,are the main parameters that were considered in the design.

site plan:

The site plan is a grid that is distorted according to outlines of site. The grid is useful in case of urban planning for control of traffics, infrastructures,etc After applying the grid to the site ,cells are engend with different but similar shapes then,it is possible to theneighboring blocks by using the cells to respond according to the program and needs.Each cell ha different sizes for couryard areas.Some of them are providing services designed to suit the needs f neig


. dered o plan d sa e ghborhoods.


Guest Parking Storage Space Local Shops Mechanical

Mechan cal And Services










Vert cal Access To Levels




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8 00

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Parking Spaces And Access Within Lot


6 00

There are four kinds of roads in this proposal: 1; the main surrounding belts around the periphery of the site, 2; the main access roads in the site, 3; the secondary local roads with less trafďŹ c than the main roads, and ďŹ nally 4; the green pedestrian roads used by only people and bicycles without any vehicular trafďŹ c except for emergencies. There are man y green areas both inside the buildings as courtyards used mainly by the residences of each block (although there may be possible access for outsiders too), and there are many open green areas outside the blocks both as pieces of land ie; parks or green roads which work as linear access parks for people walking in between the neighborhoods.

There are some villas in the project. The same ideas of having the 6 by 6 meter module is used here to create different composition of small blocks forming individual villas to match the overall design of the town in a less dense area of this site.

The access stairs and lifts to the apartments are shared between only two apartments on each level. This means smaller number of apartments sharing these facilities. This idea has been taken through for the mechanical systems of the apartments too. Each apartment has an independent hot water and warming system provided by a small package and under floor heating. The cooling system is also small independent split unit systems with condensing units in each terrace. On the ground level of each block, there is open space giving clear visual access both ways from inside of the courtyards out and the other way around. Although on this same level the location for some commercial and service spaces and is seen to respond to the needs and future programs of each block and of this small town as a whole. Some temporary parking space is also provided under each block for guests, using the natural slope of the land. There are a variety of apartments in this design. The order of connecting these different apartments to one another lies within a clear framework. The world famous game; “Tetris” gave the general idea behind this notion to make coherent similar looking blocks with complete random spatial arrangements inside. Each apartment has a rather large terrace space that looks out to one side of the block.


The basic idea behind locating the commercial/ofďŹ ce space/block was to allow both the people from this neighborhood and the people from outside areas as far as Karaj to be the users of this large commercial center. Therefore the whole edge of the main Mehrshar road was allocated for the commercial center. This large linear building was then bombarded by several ideas to match the basic formal and parametric desig n concepts of the whole town. The access roads from outside to the residential areas behind puncture through the commercial block to give a double play to the users. Although the access points are along the same geometry and position of the internal roads, there are only two main entrances to the town and the rest are access to car parks of the commercial block itself.

Digital Fabrication

Digital Fabrication The objective of this process was the fabrication of a bench pre-designed in a 3d software and then translated into a system which the fabrication machine can understand and produce. The system which made this method possible was the wafe rib, which created horizontal and vertical ribs which joined together at their points of intersection. The challenge was to identify the points of connection and determine the exact gap position and width which would allow simple fabrication while maintaining durability in the resulting product.

Grasshopper Definition Process: We first started making the parametric model from its polygon base into a concave shaft which tapered outward in the end. In order to cap the surface I used the 10 end point in the finishing surfaces of the tube shaft & by triangulating the surfaces towards its surface which I used the “rotate 3D” component to fix the blooming surfaces .

Inspired by the shape of Persian Hookah’s head, we always wanted to do some analysis of its blooming behavior. Its unique form can be seen in nature such as flowers. In architectural term, this model can be used as a structural element like tube, capable of filtering different parameters such as air, light & …. The moving part which has been triangulated can be used as surfaces to cover an opening.

My goal for this project was to analyzethe surface of the roof according to the max and min amount of absorption during different hours of theday.for this objective I simulated sun movment patterns in order to adapt the mesh face angle to the angle of the sun at any given time.accordingly, to illustrate the comparison the mesh faces change within a deďŹ ned range of colors to show which faces recieve a larger amount of sunlight and which faces have less. In order to calculate the absorption extremes I used galapagus, and forthe calculation of the ultimate sum of extremes I used the mass addition component.Furthermore, if this surface is used as a wall with aperatures, they react would react to the amount of sunlight that covers any face at any given moment in time.

the largest amount of catching the sunray

the less amount of catching the sunray

Sunray absorbtion illustrated through different mesh colors

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