Kamran Afshar Naderi
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Kamran Afshar Naderi is a well known Iranian architect and architectural critic.
Kamran Afshar Naderi was born in 1959 in Mashhad, Iran. He started his studies in architecture in 1977 in Tehran university. In 1980 he moved to Italy and resumed his studies at the University of Genoa, where he graduated in the field of architecture. His thesis concerned the methodologies of design in the ancient Iran from the 11th to the 17th century. His first book, entitled “the Public Institutions in the Islamic Cities” was published in Italy in 1987. In the same year, Afshar Naderi together with Ali Naser Eslmai, organized an exhibition and seminar about the urban design in the Islamic world in Genoa in which some of the scholars of the abovementioned specific field of studies participated and delivered lectures concerning the same subjects.
His professional career started in 1985 in Italy. During his stay in Italy he used to collaborate with several architectural firms, such as Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
In 1993, he returned to Iran and started his academic and professional activities in Tehran. Since 1993 he teaches at Azad and Soureh universities in Tehran. His special field of study is the methodology of design. In addition to the academic activity at university, he held several seminars in the related field in Tehran and in the other Iranian cities.
Since 1994, with the first important architectural competition for the construction of the national cultural center of Iran, Afshar Naderi has participated to the growing movement of architectural criticism and theory by writing essays and critic articles for the magazines and the newspapers. Until 2009 he has published 3 books and over 110 articles mostly concerning the design methodology, architectural criticism and theory. His articles and researches have so far been published in Italy, England, Switzerland, Kuwait, Germany and Iran. His lectures have been often reviewed by Iranian magazines.
In 1998, he became a partner and member of editorial staff of a newly founded magazine: Mémar. Today Mémar is the most important architectural magazine in Iran. Afshar Naderi has been several times elected as a member of the competition and award juries.
His professional career started in 1985 in Italy, continued in Iran since 1993. During this period he has undertaken several projects for Iranian and international organizations and companies.