MORTEZA KARIMI / M.Arch
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EDUCATION Sep 2011-May 2013
The Ohio State University / Columbus, OH / MArch (professional) GPA: 3.61/4.00
Sep 2006-May 2011
Azad University / Tehran, Iran / BArch GPA: 16.81/20.00
EMPLOYMENT Jun 2013-current Sep 2011-May 2013
Jan 2011-Aug 2011
Cooper Joseph Studio / New York, NY / Intern Architect
-Working closely with principal architects to produce visualizations and develop presentation strategies
The Ohio State University / Columbus, OH / Graduate Teaching Assistant -Teaching assistant and grader for Graphics class of 90 undergraduate architecture students -Demonstrating use of computer graphic software like: AutoCAD, Rhino, Adobe Suite -Digital Library Assistant
Kamran Heirati Architects / Tehran, Iran / Intern Architect
-Working with the principal architect to develop residential projects in schematic phase -Leading a team of five interns to produce substantial drawings and models Nov 2010-Jan 2011
Rai Studio / Tehran, Iran / Intern Architect
-Studying multiple urban sites for possible development strategies -Proposing ideas for micro-scale urban spaces -Producing 3D and physical models Using Rhino Aug 2008-Nov 2010
Deximex Architects / Tehran, Iran / Intern Architect
-Interior and facade design for restoration projects -Producing 3D models, still renderings and animations using 3DS MAX and VRay -Creating a library of 3D modeled furniture products used in projects
SKILLS English Fluent
Photography +6 yrs +7 yrs +4 yrs +3 yrs +1 yr +4 yrs +3 yrs +3 yrs +6 yrs +4 yrs +1 yr +2 yrs
AutoCAD 3DS MAX Rhinoceros Grasshopper C# VRay Revit SketchUp Photoshop illustrator InDesign FinalCut
NIAVARAN PARK RESIDENCE / Tehran, Iran in countries like Iran where governments are not democratic, there’s a growing gap between government and people. So people are thought to be potential threats for a wobbling government, therefore laws and restriction are based on a control policy rather than on welfare of the people. the idea of creating a free zone in the middle of city where rules are based on residents mutual welfare needs a guaranty to be impenetrable. What barrier could serve better that government’s own laws? just like everywhere else, in Iran ofﬁcials need a warrant to enter a private property. The idea of wrapping the residential units around a courtyard was to take beneﬁt of this law, so the inner space becomes impenetrable by nonresidents
Autumn 2010 Design studio / B.Arch Prof. Parisa Alimohammadi Azad University
birdâ€™s eye view rendering
The idea of isolation is predominant in this project. Outer blocks provide the inner ones added isolation so they can afford an accessible green roof. The number of entrances is kept to minimum, instead all blocks are interconnected and very open to each other Isolation is celebrated and protested where the outer blocks are lifted off the ground and cantilevered on the water.
vertical access security recreational facilitiy supermarket 60 sqm ﬂat 80 sqm ﬂat 120 sqm ﬂat 200 sqm duplex
niavaran park residence
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The amount and the quality of sunlight is not the same throughout the day, and based on the geographical position, light at certain hours of the day is preferred. Tehran can be considered a relatively sunny city. Facade was designed as a passive system to control the sunlight and provide a pleasing amount of natural light at different times of the day.
niavaran park residence
MIAO CULTURAL ECO TOURISM / Guizhou, China design for a hotel as a part of Miao cultural development was carried out at a design studio at OSU comprised of M.Arch and L.Arch students and in collaboration with MIT Architecture Department. with a population of 8,940,116, the Miao people form one of the largest ethnic minorities in southwest China. Miao villages are comprised of a few families, and are scattered on mountain slopes and plains with easy access to transport links. Utilizing ethnic cultural resources for tourism development, and yet protecting the local cultural heritage, is a world-wide challenge The basis of the tourism potential of Guizhou Province lies in itâ€™s unique combination of rich mysterious cultures set in the stunning scenery of a Karst plateau. later I and few other students from OSU and MIT were selected to accompany Professor Jullian on her trip to China to demonstrate the development plan to Chinese ofďŹ cials.
Spring 2012 Design studio / M.Arch Prof. Ann P Jullian The Ohio State University
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23 . 75 hrs . | 7.6 k
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Miao Village Network: “These projects suggest a diīerent kind of space making and a diīerent process of designing. [...] Organiza onally, they are more thema c and rela onal than gural and hierarchical.”
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LAGI 2012 COMPETITION ENTRY / New York City, NY, USA Land Art Generator competition was looking for ideas of pragmatic art installation for Freshkills Park, Staten Island, New York City. Energy consideration was a critical requirement of the competition. Proposed design should capture energy, convert it into electricity, and have the ability to store and/or transform and transmit the electrical power. iIt would be a smart decision to use local sources of renewable energy to preoduce electricity. For this reason solar panels are used in sunny regions and wind turbines in windy ones. Probably the oldest source of renewable energy which is now not used as often is Manpower, That is the form of energy that made the great pyramids. This form of kinetic energy exists in its greatest abundance in today’s New York City but unfortunately is not being used in an efﬁcient way. Calorie Park is an idea that looks into converting mechanical energy produced by enthusiastic athletes into electricity while providing them a pleasing workout experience. The scheme is consisted of of clusters of interconnected pods that house different ﬁtness equipment. Built-in equipment collect mechanical energy produced by users and convert it to electricity.
Spring 2012 Seminar / M.Arch Prof. Lisa M Tilder The Ohio State University
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lagi 2012 competition entry
installation / physical modeling
Figural Structures Workshop The workshop started with an introduction to Karamba a parametric structural analysis software which works with Grasshopper. I along with seven other graduate students investigated viability of ďŹ gural structures and extreme cantilevers using the software. A twelve Feet tall model of the optimized structure were build out of cardboard and displayed in a subsequent show which was visited by Klaus Bollinger from Bollinger and Grohmann Engineers.
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