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Nadia Rahmatian Architecture Portfolio Selected Academic Work 2010 l 2016

Contents Curriculum Vitae


"My" Elementary School (An Approach to Place Attachment)


Azaryazdi’s Children’s Centre


Plug and Play Net-Zero Unit


Residential Complex


Kerman’s Rug Museum


Sports Complex


Kerman’s Youth Centre


The Fading Art of Craftsmen


Watercolour & Sketches


Nadia Rahmatian Master of Architecture

Curriculum Vitae E DUCATION


Master of Architecture, Urban Design & Housing McGill University, Montréal, QC • GPA: 3.92

Sep 2015- Aug 2016

Master of Architecture Yazd University, Yazd, Iran • Cum laude - Among the top students with the highest Master’s thesis grade in the class of 2014 • GPA: 18.69/20

Sep 2011- Feb 2014

Bachelor of Architecture Shahid Bahonar University, Kerman, Iran • Cum laude - Graduated first in my class • GPA: 18.04/20

Sep 2007- Sep 2011


English (Fluent), Persian (Fluent), French (Intermediate) PUB L ICAT IO N S Rahmatian, N., Emadian Razavi, S.Z., & Ayatollahi, S.M.H. (Autumn & Winter 2014-2015). The role of microclimate in attachment and place-making (Case study: School of Art and Architecture, Yazd University). Journal of Architecture and Urban Planning ( Memary & Sharsazi), University of Art, Tehran, Iran, 7(13), 77-92. Ayatollahi, S.M.H., & Rahmatian, N. (Dec. 2013). The role of physical factors in the formation of place attachment. Presented at The International Conference on Civil Engineering, Architecture & Urban Sustainable Development, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz Branch, Iran. CO MPUT E R



Autodesk AutoCAD 2D+3D

Registered Architect Design Firm No. 1042, Kerman, Iran

Sep 2016 - Oct 2017

Architectural Designer Pars Bonyan Consulting Engineering Co., Kerman, Iran

Jan 2017- Jun 2017

University Lecturer Alzahra University, Kerman, Iran

Sep 2014 - Aug 2015

Architectural Summer Intern Shahraz Part Consulting Engineering Co., Kerman, Iran

Summer 2009

Autodesk Revit Autodesk 3ds Max VRay SketchUp (+ VRay) Adobe Photoshop Adobe Indesign Adobe Illustrator Corel Draw Rhinoceros Microsoft Word Microsoft Power Point Microsoft Excel

CE RT IF ICATIO NS AC T IV IT IE S Construction Engineering Organization of Iran • Certified as a Registered Architect, Kerman, Iran



May 2015 - Present Oil painting, Drawing comic illustrations, Photography and Reading (History and Science fiction) 5

"My" Elementary School M.Arch. l Thesis Fall 2013 - 2014 l Individual Project Location: Kerman, Iran

For my Master’s final project, I chose to design an elementary school with an approach to place attachment due to the lack of suitable learning environments for children in Iran. In this regard, I first researched in the field of environmental psychology concerning place attachment and the results were incorporated into design guidelines.

The main concept was to design the building with an affordance based approach, so that different parts of the school would encourage children to do different activities and explore all spaces. This is important since children perceive and value a place based on what they can do in it rather than how it looks. Guidelines contained designing places in which children could have a feeling that "this is my place" and form a sense of belongingness and ownership. Places were designed so they would be playful and pleasant for children and suitable for their age. Children feel they are part of creating their school by participating in activities such as colouring walls and gardening.



Sunlight according to school hours

Project Site Green Spaces Education Residential Commercial Religious 8

Simple and legible forms for children are combined to create the building’s mass with the potential to be memorable. Two school yards were designed with different characters and were connected with a geometrical shape for enhancing the sense of mystery for children. Different indoor and outdoor spaces have different microclimates due to their location and orientation. One reason was that outdoor spaces could be used in different seasons and children could enjoy the contrast of environmental attributes. Surfaces and slopes with different levels create diverse views for children.




Ground Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

1) First Grade Classes 2) Gym 3) Changing Room 4) Storage 5) Meeting Room 6) Storytelling Centre 7) Library 8) Sunken Courtyard 9) Offices 10) Second Grade Classes

Basement Floor Plan 12


11) Third Grade Classes 12) Main Entrance 13) Greenhouse 14) Fourth Grade Classes 15) Fifth Grade Classes 16) Sixth Grade Classes 17) Art Classroom 18) Computer Lab 19) Science Lab 20) Greenhouse

Places encourage social interactions which affect children’s bond with the school. Attention to colour and green spaces were important aspects of designing indoor spaces and classes. There are greenhouses located on each floor, and every class has a space where children can keep their own plants, water them, and observe how they grow.


Azaryazdi’s Children’s Centre Mehdi Azaryazdi (1921-2009) was an Iranian children’s books author

M.Arch. l Architectural Design 2 Winter 2012 l Individual Project Location: Yazd, Iran

whose work mostly contained lessons for children and were inspired by classical books in Persian literature. His most famous works are the "Good Stories for Good Children" series. The task of this studio was to design a cultural building for children in the memory of Mehdi Azaryazdi.

The project’s site was located in Yazd’s historical context and the city’s traditional buildings were a source of inspiration for me. The building contains different spaces such as a library, gallery, shops, and art classes for children and is in harmony with Yazd’s climate. The main concept was to move the main spaces underground so that the building would not be dominant in the historical context. This would also create a sense of mystery for children by walking through the slopes and paths. The entrance ramp leads towards the main courtyard placed at the centre of the project from which the entrances to different areas are located.



Paths, nodes and edges were identified for allocating the main masses and elements on the project’s site, creating a sense of curiosity for children.

Modern and traditional forms were used for maintaining a harmony with the historical context. Two main courtyards create green spaces between the masses.

The masses were moved underground to create an urban open space on the ground level so they would not be dominant in the historical low-rise neighbourhood.

Sloped roofs and forms allow a connection between different parts of the open space, achieving an aesthetic appeal of the building.


Basement Floor Plan

1) Offices 2) Children’s Art Class 3) Classrooms 4) Main Courtyard 5) Library


North Elevation

6) Cafe 7) Lobby 8) Auditorium 9) Backstage 10) Gallery

Site Plan

Cross Section




Plug & Play Net-Zero Unit For this course we were asked to design a prefabricated plug and play

M.Arch. UDH l Selected Topics in Housing Winter 2015 l Individual Project Location: Quebec, Canada

wood-frame unit while preparing all construction details. The task was to design a small, self-sustaining micro unit with one or two occupants that could be transported to and placed on a site owned by first time buyers, vacationers, or at the back of an existing home in Quebec.

The requirements contained designing a 28 m2 unit using solar power or any other renewable source. Prefabricated panels would be transported and assembled on the slab on grade foundation on site which is prepared in advance of the unit’s arrival. All building products had to be made from recycled materials and interior partitions and ceilings were installed in a dry fashion. 23


Wall Section

The unit contains a kitchenette, bathroom, combined living and dining area, and a mezzanine for a private bedroom. Large windows enhance the sense of openness and transparency of the unit since it is designed in a small scale. The roof garden and terrace located on the top floor allow occupants to use green and open spaces for gardening and other purposes.


Residential Complex This studio’s main task was to design a residential complex in Kerman

B.Arch. l Architectural Design 5 Winter 2011 l Group Project Location: Kerman, Iran

consisting of approximately 120 units varying from one to three bedroom apartments. At first, we decided that vehicles would circulate the apartment blocks which made it safer for children to play in the open spaces and walk across the complex while creating a sense of unity between the houses.

Diversity in designing plans was implied by considering the number of occupants and their preferences and needs. The blocks are arranged in a way so that occupants would have back and front yards where they can do many activities such as sitting, walking, biking, and interacting with neighbours. Features such as hierarchy from public to private spaces, use of green spaces, and accessibility for disabled and elderly people were applied in the design process. All apartment blocks are between one to four stories and their height, spacing and proper orientation were determined so units would benefit the most from natural daylight. We paid attention to spatial functions and using a combination of material with a warm texture. The exterior of the building contains horizontal and vertical rhythms, and window boxes for flower pots are incorporated in the design.


1) Two main blocks create public and semiprivate open spaces. Pedestrian paths are located in the centre of the site, while vehicles and parkings encompass the blocks. 2) The blocks’ shape and orientation allow the longest walls to face north and south for efficient use of sunlight, creating a connection between the two main courtyards. 3) The blocks were divided into one to four storey smaller buildings for achieving visual balance and aesthetic appeal. Eastern and western blocks’ lower height result in minimum shading in the centre. Ground Floor Plan





Kerman’s Rug Museum Kerman has long been known as the centre of Persian rugs which are very

B.Arch. l Thesis Summer 2011 l Individual Project Location: Kerman, Iran

valuable and play an important role in the culture of this city. The proposed title for my undergraduate thesis in Architecture was designing Kerman’s first rug museum.

The site was located near the city’s old district, and my intent was to design the museum as a dominant element in the context while not opposing the surrounding textures. Spaces within the museum include a coffee shop, library, auditorium, social gathering hall, main and temporary galleries, educational department, and offices. Hierarchy, rhythm, repetition of motifs, composition, and diversity of scales were all important features explored within this project so that Persian rugs could be presented at their best. The mass of the building is the combination of simple cubic shapes varying in proportion to obtain a monumental form. The building’s facade is designed in different scales so that people would explore more details as they approach the museum. Details used on the facade contain material and texture choices such as diverse brick patterns. The main exhibition hall consists of 11 galleries, while each one was designed for a special category of rugs. Spatial relationships are arranged so visitors would be encouraged to explore all galleries and experience their diversity. 33








1) Main Galleries 2) Seasonal Galleries 3) Storage and Repairing Room 4) Lobby and Coffee Shop 5) Auditorium 6) Offices and Research Centre 7) Education Centre 7


8) Library


Sports Complex Studio 4 involved designing a sports complex while programming, struc-

B.Arch. l Architectural Design 4 Fall 2010 l Individual Project Location: Tehran, Iran

tural design, and landscape design were all significant considerations throughout the design process. The main criteria of this project were using truss structures and the potentials of a sloped landscape for developing creative ideas.

The complex includes a multi-purpose gym and a sports shopping centre. The terrain has a 10% slope and each level has been separately allocated to the gym and the shopping centre. The landscape consists of open spaces in different levels for various uses and terraces are designed for overlooking the surrounding area. The main walls of the building contain glass panels since two important aspects of this project were transparency and visual permeability. Other factors such as optimum views, spatial quality, and designing in accordance to the surrounding environment were also important throughout the design process. 37


Site Plan

The two main truss structures have a reverse form in order to maintain a visual balance among the complex. The truss structure masses are connected with a horizontal form in which the main entrances of the gym and shopping centre are located. 39

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Cross Section


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Kerman’s Youth Centre Kerman’s Youth centre has a cultural and educational environment which

B.Arch. l Architectural Design 3 Winter 2010 l Individual Project Location: Kerman, Iran

includes different spaces such as a library, exhibition hall, auditorium, educational centre, gym, and restaurant. This studio’s intent was to design a building to provide a modern space for users with ages between 14-21 to spend their leisure time.

The proposed site was located along the main boulevard of the city surrounded by residential buildings. During the design process, I first investigated specific characteristics of the users in terms of psychology so the design would be suitable for them and meet their various needs and preferences. The most evident characteristics of youths are contrast, calmness, and excitement. These are reflected in the design and especially in the shape of the building. The project’s form is the composition of cubic and sloped masses which result in a simple but complex form. I aimed to design a form that represented our younger generation and carried many meanings associated with them. Each mass is assigned to a specific category of functions and all main entrances are located along a path which is created by a horizontal surface. All forms are joined with this surface that plays an important role in unifying different masses of the buildings. The entrance was designed to have a minimal outline, and small cubic shapes have a contrasting material with the dominant concrete.

Site Plan 43

Ground Floor Plan

First Floor Plan





1) Library and Galleries 2) Auditorium 3) Recreation Centre 4) Offices 5

Second Floor Plan 44

5) Education Centre


The Fading Art of Craftsmen For my final report at McGill University, I wanted to explore the Material

M.Arch. UDH l Research Report Summer 2016 l Individual Project Supervisor: Robert Mellin

Culture and Vernacular Architecture of Kerman Bazaar in Iran, through extensive research. A full version of this project is provided on eScholarship@ McGill website.

Bazaars are considered the heart of traditional cities in Iran and enact the daily lives of old merchants and craftsmen in an economic and cultural context. However, many places and workshops in bazaars are losing their traditional functions. This leads to the loss of intangible qualities and the sensory experience of these places. My study investigates the material culture of Kerman Bazaar focusing on the coppersmith section and copper products. Documenting these places is important since they are being altered, and the principal goal of my research is to analyse the architectural space of the Bazaar and the remaining workshops, the daily lives of artisans, and the process of creating the copper products. My research addresses why handmade copper dishes are being replaced with industrial products, and copper workshops outside the Bazaar are also explored. I first present a brief overview of the research methods used in similar studies of material culture as well as the history of Kerman Bazaar and its spatial evolution, based on secondary sources. In the second part of my study, primary research is done through interviews and fieldwork consisting of photography, on-site sketching, mapping, and analytical drawings. The sketches play a key role, articulating the essence of the place-specific qualities of the bazaar, while the in-depth interviews with the merchants and craftsmen help to convey their everyday lives and how they transform raw copper into a piece of art. The findings of this study contribute to the knowledge of bazaars in Iran and provide insight into methods for documenting the qualities of places.


Map of Kerman Bazaar 48


Hassan Ashrafzadeh's Shop and Workshop


Mohammadali Ashrafi's Stall

Hamed Ashrafi's Stall

The coppersmith artisans are devoted and hard-working people, the qualities that are hardly seen in their new generation. They have simple lifestyles and create a piece of art in their simple workshops with the creativity and skill embedded in their minds and hands. However, in recent years hand-made artifacts have lost their original value and importance due to the abundance of machinery products with lower prices. Nowadays, people mostly prefer to purchase copper artifacts for decorative purposes rather than functional usages that were common in the past. For this reason, the types of products that artisans create and their technique have changed over time. This transformation is also evident in the Coppersmith Bazaar since you can distinguish the stalls that merely sell imported copper products from the workshops by their physical arrangement. The new merchants have modern stalls with glossy mosaic tiles and there is no sign of anvils and hammers in their shops. The atmosphere of this place is also changing since most artisans have passed away or have left the bazaar. Copper artifacts and their artisans used to play an important role in the culture and lives of people. The occupation of coppersmiths as a craft inherited from father to son has stopped transmitting and might soon be forgotten. The new generation is hardly interested in this career since they prefer working in prestigious offices rather than simple workshops. While I spoke to different artisans I could hear a sound of sorrow in their voices, recalling the old days of the busy Coppersmith Bazaar. In the near future, these craftsmen might also put down their hammers, and the art of coppersmiths will be disappeared through history.







Nadia Rahmatian Architecture Portfolio  
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