G. Sa mar Architecture & Design Portfolio
Miana Architecture Group Part of the design team from brainstorming to modeling/ rendering and client presentations to construction site visits. I worked on the interior design of two private villas, schematic design of a hotel in north Iran and the re-use of two floors of a parking lot structure into a childrenâ€™s play and education center in Tehran. Site visits were made to the villa and the education center in the construction phase. Fall 2015- Summer 2017
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EXPERIENCE Intern at KTGY , Oakland Office, California
Working in the For Sale Housing section of the firm I had the opportunity to work on the schematic design packages of many single family, town house and stack flat residential projects. Task included unit design, facade design, putting together packages, frame walk and following red-line corrections of 8 units in a large single family development. May 2019- August 2019
Intern at Torti Gallas + Partners, Silver Spring, Maryland
As part of the Urban Block section of the firm, I worked with the design team on a few multi-family mixed-use projects. Tasked included designing different unit plans both typical and accessible, working on construction documents and fire code sheets, putting together different packages including presentations. May 2018- January 2019 (Full time in the Summer and Winter and part time through the Fall semester)
UMD Graduate Assistant: Fabrication Lab: (Wood shop Assistant)
Assisted and instructed graduate and undergraduate students of the University of Maryland School of Architecture Planning and Preservation in crafting models and practicing safety. August 2017- December 2019 / School Year Job
Earthen Architecture Foundation/ Pouya Khazaeli Architects
As part of the design team we designed and built the prototype of a handicraft workshop for woman in an Afghan Guest-town in the city of Meybod. Summer 2016 / Part time job
Freelance, Small Design Group Projects and Competitions Designing the facade and interior of a residential apartment in Tehran form schematic design to construction documents and site visits. Some Conceptual design projects of commercial and residential interiors. Summer 2012, 2013 and 2014
EDUCATION University of Maryland, College Park Master of architecture
Thesis title: Connecting Crossroad; Designing an Equitable Future for Langley Park and The International Corridor An urban scale project which looked at the low income area of Langley Park Maryland and the impact of the coming Purple Light-rail Metro by imagining an equitable future for the diverse residents. Fall 2019
Iran University of Science and Technology: Master of architecture
Thesis title: Guest-town for Afghan Immigrants; Integration in the host society with an Identity Approach, Case Study: Tehranâ€™s Suburban Mahmudabad village brick kiln residents An intervention in the small village in order to house the Brick Kiln Afghan immigrants within the existing fabric. This was an in depth research into the lifestyle and history of the immigrant group. Spring 2014
Iran University of Science and Technology: Bachelor of architecture
Thesis title: Portable Environmental Teaching Pilot for Elementary School Students The project used a shipping container to open and create different teaching spaces for elementary students. This project was in exploration of Portable Architecture and event spaces. Fall 2012
ADDITIONAL TRAINING Teacher Assistant Architecture design bachelor courses, IUST
I was an assistant in teaching 3 terms of villa design (first design studio) and 4 terms of school design (second design studio). As assistants we worked directly with the students and were each assigned and responsible for about 5-10 student projects each semester. January 2012-2015
Parametric Fashion Design Workshop
Teacher Assistant to Process- Concept Workshop Tehran university Fall 2014
Team member of Solar Decathlon China 2013 (Interior Design Team) Team Iran Abbaspour University Summer 2012
Damus Academy Interior Design Summer School Course in Restaurant, Fast Food and Coffee Shop Design Tehran University September 2011
Mahak Charity Volunteer
Setting up Bazar Events; Set up, Sales, etc. Tehran, Iran 2011-2016
Jury Citation for Timber in the City Design Studio Project Fall 2019 ISF Iranian Student Foundation Scholarship Spring 2018
Jack Smith Kerxton Memorial Fund Internship- Scholarship from Torti Gallas + Partners Architecture Firm University of Maryland , Summer and Fall 2018
MS thesis Acknowledged and appreciated by the Architecture and Environment Design School for enthusiasm, effort, discipline and precision Iran University of Science and Technology, Spring 2014
Mirmiran Competition 2012 Mr. Kiarostami chosen project (Team)
SOFTWARES Familiar with Autodesk: Autocad Revit Familiar with Modeling: Sketchup Familiar with Rendering: Lumion (Images and videos) Familiar with Adobe: Photoshop Illustrator InDesign In process of advancing: Rhino and Grasshopper Worked with in the past: 3D Max 3Dmax Vray
Persian: Native English: Acceptable Speaking: Native
Sketching Drawing (Conte, Pencil, Pen) Wood Working
Guest Town For Afghan Immigrants
Womanâ€™s Handicrafts Workshop
The Green Gap
Harlem Park Urban Design Proposal
Poet Laureate & Writerâ€™s Center
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GUEST TOWN FOR AFGHAN IMMIGRANTS; THE BRICK KILN RESIDENTS OF MAHMUDABAD, TEHRAN
MASTER OR ARCHITECTURE THESIS, IUST Prof: Abbas Yazdanfar & Fatemeh Mehdizadeh Modeling: Revit, Exterior Rendering 3Dmax (Hossein Goudarzi), Interior Rndering 3Dmax Of the four acculturation strategies, according to some research, cultural Integration may be the best option to settle the immigrants and/or refugees in the host society. The immigrants are, however, concerned with preserving their inheritance, cultural integrity and, identity, while participating in the larger host country’s social networks. One of the main factors to which sufficient attention should be paid with respect to immigrants and their adaptation and acceptance in and by the host society is their original social identities. How may it be possible to integrate the immigrants into the norms of the host country and at the same time respect their identities is an issue deserving so much attention in the modern era. In this study we intend to explore the possibility of preserving and respecting the ethnic identity of Afghani immigrants by implementing architectural design, based on their cultural and ethnic orientations, and at the same time to help them integrate into the social norms of Iranian society. Of the four acculturation strategies, according to some research, cultural Integration may be the best option to settle the immigrants and/or refugees in the host society. The immigrants are, however, concerned with preserving their inheritance, cultural integrity and, identity, while participating in the larger host country’s social networks. One of the main factors to which sufficient attention should be paid with respect to immigrants and their adaptation and acceptance in and by the host society is their original social identities.
How may it be possible to integrate the immigrants into the norms of the host country and at the same time respect their identities is an issue deserving so much attention in the modern era. In this study we intend to explore the possibility of preserving and respecting the ethnic identity of Afghani immigrants by implementing architectural design, based on their cultural and ethnic orientations, and at the same time to help them integrate into the social norms of Iranian society. We focused on the Afghani residents of a suburban city (Mahmudabad) in Tehran (from among more than two million legal and illegal Afghaniâ€™s living in Iran (BAFIA). Inspired by the Human Centered Design (HCD) methods, we conducted 25 individual and 4 group semi-structured interviews. (In total more than 30 individual interviews) Women were chosen as our major focus group because of having the most important role in the household, staying mostly at home and therefore being affected the most by the architectural factors, and being the most vulnerable members of their societies. Observations and recording of the lifestyles, practical behaviors and needs were also utilized. Then, using Breakwellâ€™s Identity Process Theory (IPT) in regard to the relationship between identity and place, we categorized architectural identity features extracted from our data into the four major factors of the IPT.
Ground Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
Flexible Plans (sliding walls)
Shared Outdoor Spaces
Space Sharing: Flexible Plans to convert living area into bedrooms at night
WOMANâ€™S HANDICRAFTS WORKSHOP SUMMER 2015 MEYBOD, YAZD, IRAN POUYA KHAZAEILI ARCHITECTS/ EARTHEAN ARCHITECTURE Modeling: Rhino Through the summer of 2015 I worked with Pouya KHazaeli (for a time he was Architecture for Humanities representative in Iran) on desiging, modeling and prototyping a womanâ€™s handicraft structure for an Afghan Guesttown in Meybod Yazd. The strudture, insprired from hsitoric material and structures was built with the advisory of Mr. Meybodi, a workman with 70 years of experience in adobe building reconstruction and restoration of historic buildings. Mr. Meybodi who had learned his craft through time and experince was an expert in historic adobe buildings. He taught us so many simple techniques, not just by building, but with poetry and grace. This project was much more than just a small prototype. Although the University of Yazd did not go through with building the one to one structure due to funding, but I learned much from just traveling and spending time in the historic distirct of yazd. Traveling, and building with this material with a small group was an experince that I do not know where I can have again. Pouya went on the establish an Adobe School in Esfahak Iran.
Mr. Meybodi setting up the base lines & bricks
THE GREEN GAP SPRING 2019 QUEENSBROUGH BRIDGE, QUEENS, NEW YORK TEAM: ZEBI BROWN & ADAM KNOBEL Prof: Peter Noonan AWARDED AIA MARYLAND JURY CITATION
Many residents of urban environments feel isolated, despite living in close proximity to their neighbors. The Green Gap offers a solution to connect its residents: to the city, to the site, and to each other. In a food desert in Queens, New York, the project provides access to retail food and new opportunities for involvement in food production. It combines housing, recreation, and education, around a network of green spaces, urban farming opportunities, and a farmers market. With a master plan that continues the growing network of green spaces along the waterfront, the Green Gap development will also contain gardens in the educational and recreational gathering spaces. A landscaped walkway along the water will connect southern sites to the existing park north of the Queensboro Bridge, and the project re-imagines the space under the bridge as a community asset, and a future location for a playground and farmers market. The first phase will introduce a visual language of an open community level at the elevation of the Queensboro Bridge, which future phasing can continue in order to foster an identity for the site. This level provides views of the city as well and a place for neighbors to socialize while contributing to the community garden.
HARLEM PARK URBAN DESIGN PROPOSAL BALTIMORE, MARYLAND TEAM: CASEY HUNTINGTION, KYLE HUCK & SARA WRIGHT
UMD, STUDIO II Prof: Matthew Bell Rendering: Lumion
The major aim of this urban studio was the analysis and development of proposals for the Route 40/ Harlem Park section of Baltimore. The emphasis was plan strategies for the neighborhood and strategies for the re-use/transformation of the Route 40 “highway to nowhere”. Harlem park is characterized by its rows of oversized townhouses and its inner block parks. These green open spaces which used to be gathering places for the community are now overgrown and underused due to the lack of building frontage and limited direct access from within the homes, creating unmonitored and unsafe urban areas. In January 2016, a four-year partnership was formed between the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the Maryland Stadium Authority, and the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development to demolish thousands of vacant buildings to serve as the catalyst for redevelopment, reinvestment, and stabilization in Baltimore (Project C.O.R.E. ). This program will also fund the stabilization of selected properties for future rehabilitation and redevelopment. This urban studio called for proposals for this blighted community addressing its abounding vacancy, crime ridden inner block parks, and isolation from its urban context due to the below-grade highway. This neighborhood is ready for redevelopment, backed by city and state support. • The Approach The Park is a transit oriented multi-phased solution which takes advantage of overwhelming vacancy to create a regional scale park in the Harlem Park neighborhood. The park aims to be a connector to the surrounding neighborhoods and unite the east and west sides of Baltimore. • TOD and Mapping The Park The park shape was a response to the empty space left after the city demolition. The result is a free formed edge that bleeds into the residential area. The proposal concentrates the residential density around the train and subway station, and carefully places educational and recreational facilities to further unite neighboring communities. The park houses amenities such as a community garden, playgrounds, basketball courts, ponds, playfields, and schools.
â€˘ Dealing with The Highway
With the goal of creating density and bringing future development along the highway, the design proposal takes advantage of the inset highway as pre-excavated parking for the future buildings. This linear development zone will house commercial development on the ground floor an high density residential above. The insertion of buildings along this zone will move all traffic to the atgrade major roads that will be converted to a boulevard.
â€˘ Blocks and Streets
Blocks structures were changed to take out the otherwise unsafe and overgrown inner block parks and add housing diversity with mixed typologies and alleyways. Streets were planed to create three levels of hierarchy with the addition of small one ways streets in select locations.
POET LAUREATE & WRITERâ€™S CENTER FALL 2017 CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND ARCH 600, UMD, Studio I Prof: Larysa Kurylas + Amy Gardner + Julie Gabrielli Modeling: Revit and Sketchup / Rendering Photoshop and Lumion
AREA SITE PLAN SC 1/50
The Poet Laureate center is a spectrum of completely private to public spaces. In order to organize these spaces, the first step was vertical separation. To this point, the private residence on the second floor is organized around a central courtyard, providing different views and spaces for the writer to take advantage of. The library is placed in the center of the fist floor plan to provide pass through open spaces in seasons when windows can be completely opened. In other seasons, it provides open views from the street to the park and vice-versa. In addition, shading is provided and controlled through the shading surface surrounding the building. The architectural design is inspired by Chinese and Japanese wood joinery and simplicity. This inspiration shows itself most in the reading room which is design as place of theatrics. The Buildings is a hybrid glulam / CLT structure with a reclaimed Western Red Cedar wood cladding facade.
PARK AXIS WRITER'S CENTER AXIS RESIDENTIAL PRIVACY READING ROOM: VIEWS AND THEATRICS
White cement borad
White cement borad
White metal standing seam roof sheathing Cool roof
Western red cedar cladding (preferably reclaimed)
Western red cedar cladding (preferably reclaimed)
SECTION B SC: 1/8 EAST ELEVATION SC: 1/8
SITE PLAN PLAN SC: 1/3232
SECTION B SC: 1/8 ATION SC: 1/8
WESTELEVATION SC: 1/8
White metal standing seam roof sheathing Cool roof
SOUTH ELEVATION SC: 1/8
GROUND FLOOR PLAN SC: 1/8
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
ENTRANCE LOBBY OFFICES WC KITCHEN LIBRARY BOOK SALES READING ROOM STORAGE MECHANICAL ROOM
11 RESIDENCE ENTRANCE
NORTH ELEVATION SC: 1/8
FIRST FLOOR PLAN SC: 1/8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
ENTRANCE KITCHEN DINING ROOM LIVING ROOM OFFICE GUEST ROOMS MASTER BEDROOM COURTYARD
SKYLIGHT STRUCTURE Insulating glazing unit Mounting bracket Flashing insulation
ROOF STRUCTURE Metal standing seam roof sheathing 1x2 timber studding, metal roof support 1/2 inch plywood covering 6 inch polyisocyanurate insulation Water/ Vapour barrier layer 3 layer clt board (exposed)
WALL STRUCTURE Western red cdar cladding (reclaimed) Knight MFI rains screen attachment + air space 4 inch polyisocyanurate insulation Waterprooong layer and ashing 3 layer clt board (exposed)
GREEN ROOF STRUCTURE Bio-diverse plant inch growth area Filter eece Drainage board Protection and storage eece Water prooong membrane substructure (roof structure) substru
WALLSECTION SC: 3/4
FLOOR STRUCTURE Laminated wood ooring Reinforced oncrete oor slab with radiant heating Water/ Vapour barrier 3 inch polyisocyanurate insulation gravel
GREEN ROOF DRAINAGE SYSTEM Blast margin Reinforcing strip Retention trim Filter eece
WALLSECTION SC: 3/4
ROOF STRUCTURE Metal standing seam roof sheathing 1x2 timber studding, metal roof support 1/2 inch plywood covering 6 inch polyisocyanurate insulation Water/ Vapor barrier layer 3 layer clt board (exposed)
Plywood drain support
WALL STRUCTURE Western red cedar cladding (reclaimed) Knight MFI rains screen attachment + air space 4 inch polyisocyanurate insulation Waterprooong layer and ashing 3 layer clt board (exposed)
ROOF STRUCTURE Roof membrane 6 inch polyisocyanurate insulation Water/Vapour barrier layer 3 layer clt board (exposed) Titanium-Zinc capping Reading room facade sheathing: Cement board
Water drain 6inch Topsoil for planting 4inch impervious clay cap gravel
PAVING STRUCTURE (Grey water collection) 2inch permeable concrete paver 1 1/2 inch Bedding: open grade stone 4 inch open grade base 10 inch Permeable sub base material: open graded stone Woven geotextile fabric Perforated drain pipe sub grade
FLOOR STRUCTURE Laminated wood ooring Reinforced concrete oor slab with radiant heating Water/ Vapor barrier 3 inch polyisocyanurate insulation gravel
WALLSECTION SC: 1/4
Curb for overrow
CONNECTING CROSSROAD FALL 2019 DESIGNING AN EQUITABLE FUTURE FOR LANGLEY PARK & THE INTERNATIONAL CORRIDOR Thesis, UMD Prof: Matthew Bell Langley Park is a largely low-income community in Prince George and Montgomery County Maryland with a majority of foreign-born residents and a mix of small businesses and relatively dense multifamily housing. The arrival of the Purple Line Light Rail is both an opportunity and a threat to the vast amount of market-rate affordable rental housing and the strong community and culture of residents, businesses and social institutions of the area. Immigrant communities may be poor in capital but they are rich in culture and foci of cross-cultural connections. This thesis aims to address the needed attention to this transit center, the international corridor, and its adjacent affordable residential area to produce equitable transit-oriented design solutions and action plans that will protect the areaâ€™s affordable housing alongside addressing the communal and cultural goals of the immigrant residents by creating cross-cultural urban spaces of connection.
Strip Malls ...
Neglect and Lack of Identity
But there is Opportunity in The Community & Social Networks
(Focus group with teenagers at the Langley Park Community Canter)
Langley Park-McCormick Elementary School Langley Hampshire Neighborhood Park
Addition to L.P. McCormick Elementray (recommendation)
Langley Park Library & Community Center Langley Plaza
Soccer/ Basketball/ skate park
Mercado Langley Park CASA & Gardens
Takoma Langley Crossroads Transit & CenterMetro Station
Langley Park Day Care Kanawha Park 14th Street Park Langley Way Market St. Becca Lilly Neighborhood Park
UMD Student Housing
Carole Highlands Elementary School
Riggs Road Metro Station
Purple line stops Assests Proposed bus route
SMALL BUSI. AND CVS
GORCERY / BUSI. INCUBATOR PUBLIC PLAZA
THE FOOD MARKET
LIBRARY & COMM.
YOUTH VOCATIONAL CENTER EDU.
Artery Primary Secondary Tertiary Bus Path Bike share stations
Commercial Office Services Residential
First, we look at the intersection of University Blv. and New Hampshire avenue which houses Mercado Langley Park and its public plaza as our first cosmopolitan Canopy. Adjacent buildings are two-story retail, restaurants, and bars. Toward the end of the plaza, a large pine tree is located as an ending element. Further on, the service street of the food market doubles as an art walk with street art covering the brick walls.
Next, we have the public plaza and green open space as places of freedom and open spaces that can house festivals, farmer's markets, concerts, an ice rink (teenager focus group outcome), etc. There are also designated places for street food and food trucks by the edge adjacent to Mercado Langley park.
In the middle of the liner plaza and park, we find the library and community center. The library's first floor has the childrenâ€™s section, bookstore, and a small amphitheater. The second floor is used as the Head Start education center for teaching after school classed and language classes for adults. This floor is connected via bridge to the second floor of the community center. On the third floor, we have an open study area for students that can function as a senior activity center with a large multi-function room. The community center spaces consist of activity rooms, a community kitchen and a multi-function room that extends to the outside and into the community gardens. The community gardens are not just places where people and elders can come together, but with a large amount of Square Foot Gardening, they can produce income for the community and its residents by selling the produce in Mercado Langley Park and to the local restaurants. Steps and a platform are provided for outdoor film screenings, performances, and festivals.
To the south of the Library and Community center, we have a bakery and cafĂŠ, the Langley Park health center and Dentistry, The Langley Park Art Gallery, a gym and dance studio which has relocated the boys and girls club of the community to its top floor. The vocational school is also located beside the gym. The vocational school consists of job training workshops, job finding services and landscaping workshops within its courtyard. The south side of the courtyard is aimed to function as a location for workers to wait for day jobs and above it is co-housing targeted to the population of male immigrants that are in the united states alone without their families for work. These services can be aimed at legal and illegal immigrants. Extending to the east of the community gardens, The Langley Park Day Care is located at the edge of the last section of the linear green space.
Langley Way Market Street is designed to have an extra 15-foot setback for local shops to have spaces on the sidewalk for seating or merchandise. This is where local and ethnic shops will have the opportunity to show their identity and shape the space as they wish. Some of these spaces are covers by loggias for further distinction. Housing is placed above these buildings with a 10 ft set back. The market street ends with a small neighborhood block that shifts to the scale of walk-up apartments and townhouses. Moving forward along the street we reach a denser residential area and end with the 14th Street Park.
Housing was briefly looked at as a concept for future development. With the aim of bringing down construction and mechanical costs, the main idea is to create a modular system that can be added and subtracted as needed. Units range from studios to three and four bedrooms. Modules are designed to be 12’6 x 28’ or 12’6x 24’ as a minimum. To provide larger and more market-rate units, modules can simply be added for larger square footage. Modules can be taken out to provide communal spaces on each floor. On the Ground floor, we can provide laundry rooms, multi-function rooms, and a communal kitchen. Parking will be located behind and in-between buildings with open green community spaces above them. An additional typology of two units with a shared kitchen is considered for families that may live with their extended family, in order to bring down rent prices.
Communal Spaces on Floors
Multi-function Room Shared Kitchen Laundry Play Room
700 Housing Units Existing
4000 Created to The North of the Purple Line
Repair The Area in front of the CASA Maryland mansion is known to the community as a dangerous place due to the extra street running in the middle of the open area in between the parking lots. This thesis proposes to repair this area by converting it into a neighborhood park.
In total, the focused area to the north of University Blv. was home to approximately 700 housing units, with new development we have created enough square footage to create approximately 3900-4000 new units. Therefore, by only requiring 20% of the newly developed housing to be affordable, we can replace the existing residents. By further developing the parcels south of University Blv. and later other garden apartments adjacent to our development we can add to the stock of affordable and market-rate housing. In total, about 78 aces of housing and 21 acres of commercial space are provided in the focus area to the north of University Blv.
Diversity & Integration are the future of our communities & they will change our urban landscapes. Communities that offer a welcome mat to all immigrant communities will benefit more from their diversity and foster integration and cultural bridging.
Phase 1 Demo
Phase 1 Construction
Phase 2 Demo
Phase 2 Construction
Phase 3 Demo
Phase 3 Construction
Phase 4 Demo
Phase 4 Construction
Phase 5 Demo
Full Build Out 50
Thesis Poster Spring 2018 51
Thank You Cards
Archi/ Fashion Design Workshop 52
Figure ground of different cities from around the world melted into one and bleeding into one another Expression of identity Blue network: education + transit and access Blue green and orange: schools with connection to green and the fun palace Blue spots and lines: public services Background dotted circles; walkability Â˝ mile radius Colors: expression of identity
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Environmental Teaching Pilot
Ashkboss Villa Interior
Bamland Kidâ€™s Center
Sara Ghafar Samar Architecture & Design Portfolio 2020