Leila Araghian (Persian: Leylā Arāqiyān; born in 1983), is an Iranian architect. She has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia, where she won the UBC Architecture Alumni Henry Elder Prize. She previously studied architecture in Iran, at Shahid Beheshti University.
In 2005, Araghian co-founded Diba Tensile Architecture, a company specialising in the design, manufacture and installation of membrane structures. She was chief architect and designer of the Tabiat Bridge in Tehran, a pedestrian bridge opened in late 2014 which has won several prizes, including 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture , and the Popular Choice award in the Highways & Bridges category of Architizer's 2015 A+ Awards.
Araghian's Iranian heritage has restricted her international exposure; she was not allowed to enter the World Architecture Festival because of sanctions against Iran. The architect herself spoke out against the sanctions because according to her, "this is ridiculous , I’m an Iranian architect and this is a cultural activity, it has absolutely nothing to do with politics.".
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