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.

Professional career[edit]

His professional career started in 1986 in Italy. Until 1993 he collaborated with several well-known Italian and international companies such as Renzo Piano Building Workshop. As a design team member, he was involved in Kansai Airport (Osaka) and Lingotto rehabilitation projects (Turin). During his stay in Italy he worked out several industrial and urban design projects. In 1993, he established his own office in Tehran. Since that time he performed several projects for international organizations and companies: Italian Embassy, Italian School, Danish Embassy, Austrian Embassy, Netherlands Embassy, Japanese Embassy, Norwegian Embassy, UNDP, World Bank, Nuovo Pignone, Shell, MAN Ferrostaal, Bayer, Festo and Ebara. In 1995 and 2001-2002, Afshar Naderi, collaborated with Bahram Shirdel (well-known Iranian Architect) as design partner in Ekbatan Cultural Center and Iranian Embassy in Brasilia projects. Since 2009 Afshar Naderi has collaborated with Intertecno, an Italian engineering firm, on two important renovation projects: Azadi 5 star hotel (55.000 sqm) and Bonyad headquarter offices (30.000 sqm) in Tehran. Afshar Naderi undergoing projects are, weekend village near Tehran for a group of Iranian famous cinema actors, Villa near Karj (on 10.000 sqm plot), Restaurant in Doha, Qatar, Sanamed pharmaceutical industries in Eyvane Key and Bayer pharmaceutical Company office in Tehran. Recently, Afshar Naderi has been assigned as the “Branch Manager” of Intertecno Company in Iran. Some of Afshar Naderi’s projects have been published on the local architectural magazines and reviewed by International web sites dedicated to architecture: Archdaily, MIMOA, Pinterest, Designboom,…

Academic career[edit]

Since 1993, Afshar Naderi has taught at Azad and Soureh Universities of Tehran (non continuously). Afshar Naderi has published about 150 articles and 3 books about Iranian and contemporary architecture. His essays and interviews are published in Iran, Italy, England, Switzerland, Kuwait, Turkey, Cyprus and Germany. His papers about the “design process” are used as university textbook in Faculty of Architecture of Azad University. In 1998, Afshar Naderi and Soheila Beski, founded Memar Magazine and until know he is a partner and a member of the ditorial board. Since 2009 he collaborates with Iranian Architecture Center for delivering seminars and holding educational workshops related to architecture. Recently, Kamran Afshar Naderi, Negar Hakim (university professor at University of Vienne) and Mohammadreza Ghaneei (a well known architect established in Isfahan), have founded POL Institute for cultural activities and events in Isfahan. Afshar Naderi has delivered numerous speeches about architectural criticism and architectural theory in Iran Switzerland, Kuwait, Turkey, Cyprus and Italy.

Competition Juries[edit]

Afshar Naderi has been regularly jury member of Memar award. This award, founded by the same magazine Afshar Naderi is a cofounder of, is considered the most important architectural prize in Iran. Afshar Naderi has been jury member of several other competitions and awards in Iran.

TV and Radio Interviews[edit]

  • TVshow “Scientific Magazine” (19 Jun 2014)
  • TVshow “ TOLOU” (16 January 2012)
  • TVshow “ TOLOU” (15 April 2012)
  • TVshow “ DO GHADAM MANDE BE SOBH” (10th Sept 2008)
  • Radio Farhang, Haft Eghlim Program (10 April 2008)
  • Radio Farhang, Haft Eghlim Program, "Architectural Competitions (25th July 2007)
  • Radio Farhang, Haft Eghlim Program, "Iranian Contemporary Architecture After the Islamic Revolution", (23 May 2007)
  • Radio Lugano (Swizerland), “Iranian contemporary architecture after the revolution”: (17 May 2004)
  • Radio France International RFI, “Earthquake in Bam” , 20 January 2004
  • Radio Farhang, “Contemporary Iranian Architecture: the last decade” (19 October 2003)
  • TVshow Channel 3, “Profession of architecture and its current problems in Iran” (24 June 2002)
  • Radio Ticino Canale 1 (Lugano, Swizerland) on Islamic architecture (April 14, 2001)
  • BBC Radio: comments on Tehran's Mayor declarations about (15 July 1999)

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