The Challenges of Contemporary condition and the Future prospect of Architectural Education in Iran

The Challenges of Contemporary condition and the Future prospect of Architectural Education in Iran

Ms. Shadi Azizi, PhD. after nearly 18 years of dedicated activity in the field of education and research in architecture as a university Faculty Member and Assistant Professor and simultaneously working in the field of Urban Design and Architecture since the co-foundation of NESHA in 2001, now has a serious critiques of the quiddity and function of schools of Architecture in Iran. a video summary of her speech has been published on the ETOOOD website and soon, the full video will be published on NESHA’s website and its official Instagram page and also Dr. Azizi’s official Instagram page.

I Am Designer Campaign

"I Am Designer" Campaign

Ali Naghavi Namini was invited by the “I Am Designer” movement to speak among the designers in various fields about the similarities in all the different design areas and the method of approaching design products – especially architecture – by the audience.

The 4th Conferance of Sustainable Building

The 4th Conferance of Sustainable Building

The forth “Sustainable Building” convention. November 25th to 27th, 2019 Ali Naghavi Namini talked about the more interior layers of sustainability in the discussion panel of this convention. He criticized the cumbersome regulation in the field of construction using a few projects designed and built by NESHA and the concept of “Receptive Regulations”. The discussed research in this convention was conducted in collaboration with Asal Moradi.

Iran-Un Built Symposium Iran-Un Built Symposium

Iran Un-Built Symposium

The history of Architecture is full of designs that were never built. The seventh “Triangle” event is focused on such projects that are well-known for various reasons. Ali Naghavi Namini introduced one of the most important examples: OMA project for the International Commerce Center of Iran in the Iran Mall complex. Naghavi, the plan manager, spoke of the details of the project, the creativity of the design team in spite of various restrictions, and the causes of not implementing the design.

Zarjub Riverbank Design Competition

Zarjub Riverbank Design Competition

The winning design entry for the Zarjub Riverbank Design Competition, Urban Development and Revitalization Organization of Iran, May 2019. NESHA team ranked 1st.

Tehran-Tabriz Railway Tunnel Design Competition Tehran-Tabriz Railway Tunnel Design Competetion

Tehran-Tabriz Railway Tunnel Design Competition

NESHA Project “Tehran Plain’s Pulse of Life” wins the second place for the urban regeneration of an urban corridor, the ground level of Tehran-Tabriz Railway Tunnel. Based on the characteristics of the context, activity pulses have been designed inside and outside of the axis: - Organizational and local development institutions pulses - Local pulses (Pocket Parks, ethnic theme parks, events arena) - Urban pulses (Zarbahan bridge, events hotspots, Railway Café, workshop houses, food exhibition, pharmaceutical research and development hub) - Regional pulses (Kan leisure hub, green research and development hub, iron market)

TEDx Amirkabir

How can we create solutions based on urban development plans that render the class or gender exclusive urban public spaces more welcoming to various social groups including women? In this Amirkabir TEDx talk, Shadi Azizi PhD. spoke about the role of public transportation and pedestrian paths of the historic center of Tehran in the transformation of demographic classification of Tehran Bazaar. more...

Glance at NESHA Architecture and Design Approach

Glance at NESHA Architecture and Design Approach

The 8th "Dialogue sessions", titled a Glance at NESHA Architecture and Design Approach, was held by the Institute of Architecture and Urbanism of Alborz in February 25th , 2019 in Karaj, Where Ali Naghavi Namini outlined NESHA design approaches & experiences.

Regeneration Exhibition

The winners of Iran Urban Expo 2019 were announced on Monday, January 15th. The Expo which was held on 13th to 15th January in Tehran, was dedicated to Housing and Urban Regeneration. On the last day, the best pavilions of Iran Urban Expo 2019 were awarded. The awards were divided into two categories, with six selected pavilion each: MRUD and Municipalities. NESHA team proudly announces that Kurdistan pavilion was among the first six selected pavilions and was awarded and praised as the outstanding.

Regeneration Exhibition

The 5th Asian mayors

The 5th Asian mayors

Asian mayors,officials,academics and practitioners all took part in Asian Mayor Forum in (29 November-2 December) 2018 to share their knowledge and experiences about sustainable , resilience and livable city. Lecture which was presented by Dr.Shadi Azizi focused on Leveling up livability in Tehran through reframing forgotten assets: The evolution story of military camps, rivers and streets

The 5th Asian mayors


cidex 2018

“The construction industry developments exhibition, CIDEX 2018, will be held in the exhibition hall of Iran Mall from May 1st until 4th, 2018. ‘Yamam Sazeh’ corporation works as a Developer and a General Contractor and has delegated the design of its booth in the exhibition, with the area of 120 square meters, to NESHA firm. Considering the role of Knowledge-Based management in Yamam Sazeh, its booth was designed based on the idea to provide the opportunity for interaction and knowledge transfer between this company and other corporations and visitors in this limited area. Therefore, the center of the booth is dedicated to showcasing the scientific achievements of this company. Surrounding the central presentation area, a few chambers, including information chamber for introducing Yamam Sazeh and playing recorded lectures, virtual reality chamber and introducing 3d and 4d models of the projects, and meeting room for holding more private meetings, have been placed; and with the goal of increasing the interaction level have been designed with utmost clarity.”


Photography by: Farshid Nasrabadi

Iranian Modern and Contemporary architecture exhibition and symposium

For the purpose of expansion and development of cultural activities with the main subject of Architecture with different countries, exhibitions, lectures and scientific exchange, sharing of design and make experience will be brought to attention. In the past the exhibition of Iranian Architecture in the 2015 Venice Biennale, exchange between Iranian and Japanese architecture in the April of 2016, exhibition of Iranian Architecture in Armenia the September of 2016 were held. The exhibition of contemporary Iranian architecture in Japan in March of 2018, with the invention of Architectural Institute of Japan [AIJ] will be brought to the public view.

This exhibition will be held in the Archi-Depot complex in Tokyo for two months and organized in three parts. Part one is focused on the second Pahlavi period and consist of over 20 projects including Azadi Monument, The City Theatre, The museum of contemporary arts, Senate of Iran, Niavaran Cultural complex, Carpet museum, etc. They are introduced and documented through models, films, slides and tabloids. In part two, project from distinguished Iranian and Japanese architects designed for Iran which were not built due to the 1979 revolution will be introduced. In part three a few of the contemporary build projects of Iran in the four groups of public projects [icon], residential and office projects [In fill], Monad projects and [Un built] highly developed projects will be introduced including the national library and academies of Iran by Hadi Mirmiran, and Tabriz SMP Tower by Bahram Shirdel.

After the exhibition in Tokyo, plans have been made to exhibit the program in Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Mashhad which hopefully with the completion and publication of the exhibition book and an examining paper from Tokyo lto, Arota Isozaki and Iranian researchers, will help to improve on the status of Iranian architecture.

In the end we should mention and thank the Architectural Institute of Japan [AIJ], Professor Richi Miyake, Professor Arata Isozaki for organizing the event in Japan and the society of consultant engineers of Iran for moral support, the holding Azarestan group for financial support and multiple companies and groups whose names and logos are one the posters for support in the areas of media and technical programming. Also we would like to thank Ali Kermanian as the director and the research and performance group including Mehran Haghbin, Ali Naghavi Namini and also, Shahab Mirzaeian, Mehran Gharleghi and Siamak Farshchi.

Mehrdad Zavareh Mohammadi, Exhibition Director

Iranian Modern and Contemporary architecture exhibition and symposium


Opening Address: RIICHI MIYAKE

Keynote Speech:

  • IRAN as hotspot

  • Different approaches towards the identity of Iranian architecture

Panel Discussion:

From Pahlavi dynasty to Islamic revolution, then post-revolutionary period


Closing Remark: NAHOKO WADA

Exhibition Curatorial Commitee:

Exhibition Directors:


Execution Team:


bijar logo

Identity logo design and public participation - Bijar city

From the outset, we wanted people in Bijar city to remember us with their sense of belonging to their city of residence, not by bringing them back to past but by helping them to move toward the future which approached us to create a logo identity for Bijar city that represents visions and dreams of a brighter future. Accordingly, during 2-weeks period, the citizen were asked about their perception of "the Urban" in the hometown. To do so, we used an online participation platform through which we collected citizen's image map in order to design the logo of Bijar. Designing the logo was our first online relationship with citizens.
In keeping with perception map of Bijar inhabitants, we chose green for logo color scheme with inspiration from the natural assets and heritage of Bijar, also a network pattern designed with respect to main physical- special icons of the city. The most important aspect of the logo is that it recognizes peripheries of the city as a mutual sphere of urban and nature presence that could be called the ‘cultural landscape’.

Job Opportunity

Architectural Graphic Designer

Negin Shahr Ayandeh (NESHA) is seeking an accomplished, articulate professional architectural graphic designer with 2-3 years of experience. The Architectural Graphic Designer position is a merit-based post offered to qualified candidates who have demonstrated the necessary visual and presentation skills to fulfill this role. The Architectural Graphic Designer’s primary responsibility is to create presentations, layouts, post-productions, 3d-modleings and develop the project’s conceptual graphic designs. A component of creativity and motivation are also required.

Responsibilities (NESHA Essential Job Functions or Duties and Responsibilities):

  • Creating architecture and urban design presentation with high visual impact
  • Designing scenarios based on given data
  • Developing layouts
  • Developing program diagrams and conceptual diagrams
  • Assisting to review and proof presentations for quality and making necessary adjustments
  • Conceptualizing and generating complex graphic designs in the form of web presentation, design booklets, etc.
  • Managing more than one design brief at a time and allocating the relevant amount of time according to the value of the job

Skills Required:

  • Advanced understanding of post-production
  • Proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign
  • Experienced in 3D design software such as 3ds Max, Sketch-Up & Rhino
  • Web Search & Internet savvy
  • Demonstrated creative ability
  • Ability to recognize colors
  • Good teamwork
  • Strong ability to organize and work on multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Self-motivation with the ability to work with strict deadlines
  • Ability to work under pressure and has a calm personality

Education, Experience, Certification, and Licensure:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in architecture or relevant fields
  • 2-3 years of architecture and/or urban design presentation professional experience

What We Offer:

A great place to grow and prosper. Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions:

If you are interested in joining our team, please submit a cover letter, resume, and portfolio to If you have skills, experience or qualifications other than those listed above that may be of interest to us, please describe them in your cover letter or resume. NESHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diversified workforce.


Urban Design, architecture and planning

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Job Opportunity

Negin Shahr Ayandeh (NESHA) is seeking accomplished professionals to equip the technical staff of one of its projects in Tehran. The project specifications and the required qualifications are as follows:

Project type: Design and construction of multifunctional complex.
Location: The Technical office located at the construction site of the project in Tehran.

Senior Architect
Master’s degree
10 years of experience in design, implementation and supervision
Expert in design and construction regulations and national building codes
Fluent in English
Familiar with the BIM software for architectural design such as Revit
Responsibility: Technical Director of the Architecture Department

Bachelor or master’s degree
5 to 7 years of experience in design and supervision
Good command of English
Expert in BIM softwares for architectural design such as Revit
Responsibility: Technical expert of the Architecture Department.

Structural Engineer
Master’s degree
5 to 7 years of experience in design, implementation and supervision
Familiar with Façade Engineering
Expert in design and construction regulations and national building codes
Fluent in English
Expert in structural softwares such as SAP, ETABS, ABAQUS
Responsibility: Technical Expert of the Façade Department.

Mechanical / Electrical Engineer
Master’s degree
10 years of experience in design, implementation and supervision
Expert in design and construction regulations and national building codes
Fluent in English
Familiar with the BIM-based softwares
Responsibility: MEP Group Director

Mechanical Engineer
Bachelor or Master’s degree
7 years of experience in supervision and design.
Expert in design and construction regulations and national building codes
Good command of English
Familiar with the BIM-based softwares
Responsibility: MEP group technical expert

Electrical Engineer
Bachelor or master’s degree
7 years of experience in supervision and design.
Expert in design and construction regulations and national building codes
Good command of English
Familiar with the BIM-based softwares
Responsibility: MEP group technical expert

Low Voltage Engineer
Bachelor or master’s degree
7 years of experience in supervision and design
Expert in design and construction regulations and national building codes
Good command of English
Familiar with the BIM-based softwares
Responsibility: MEP group technical expert

Application Instructions:
If you are interested in joining our team, please submit a cover letter, resume, and portfolio to .If you have skills, experience or qualifications other than those listed above that may be of interest to us, please describe them in your cover letter or resume. NESHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diversified workforce.
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Local Pathways Initiative - Initializing the SDG11 process in Bijar: Step1

Institutional and stakeholder mapping is the first step of SDG localization in Bijar to identify relevant local actors, and sets the stage that would support integrated action for SDG implementation.
This preliminary step serves to identify stakeholders and engage them in the process to develop a common vision, joint objectives, and expected results.

key stakeholders of Bijar and their role in furthering local SDG implementation are:

  • Local authorities including municipality, and Regeneration Committee of Bijar, and Cultural Heritage-Handicrafts- Tourism administration of Bijar are the primary drivers of SDG localization in Bijar;
  • National and regional governments including Bijar county government, Kordestan province government, and Urban Development and Revitalization Organization (UDRO) of the Ministry of Roads frame legislation and regulations that define sectoral policies and development priorities;
  • Non-governmental organizations and civil society groups including Hamdelan-e Garoos, Mehrafarin-e Garoos, Hafezan-e Bam-e Garoos, Lalehaye Nesar, Shadi Afarinan-e Garoos. These NGOs and CSOs can bring alternate development models to achieve social targets, provide sectoral knowledge, support bottom-up approaches to implementation and monitoring, act as watchdogs of government and private sector accountability, and in some cases, represent excluded communities, localities, and concerns( environment, climate change,…) in policy making and programmatic planning;
  • Businesses and industry including agriculture LEs, and carpet LEs and SMEs. These are numerous opportunities for collaboration between business and government in SDG implementation, for employment generation, social protection of labor, technological innovation, social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, and philanthropic donations (SDSN,2015);
  • Universities Including Islamic Azad University of Bijar, Payam-e noor University of Bijar, Engineering and Fundamental Science Faculty of Kordestan University. Universities can provide independent technical assistance for SDG localization (SDSN,2015);

Why we involve stakeholders?

There are numerous benefits to involving different stakeholders at this stage:

  • Improve the quality of the decisions, by benefitting from stakeholders’ expertise at the very start
  • Help to identify controversial issues or difficulties before a decision is made
  • Bring together stakeholders with a number of different viewpoints and help different parties find common ground, reducing the risk of opposition in later phases
  • Better inform stakeholders about the objectives and the issues at hand
  • Lead to better acceptance of the decisions and measures that are taken
  • Increase the confidence of the public about decision-makers
  • Help more stakeholders commit to action, so that more ambitious climate protection goals can be agreed

Local Pathways Initiative

Local Pathways Initiative - Bijar City

This project was launched by Shadnaz Azizi as one of the 60 Local Pathways fellows who will champion SDGs in their cities through the Local Pathways Fellowship a program of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth Initiative (SDSN Youth). Shadnaz Azizi with the collaboration of her colleagues in Neginshar Ayandeh Consulting aim to explore how Bijar in kordestan province can achieve SDG 11.3 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (which cited: By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries) to eliminate “blight” from the Bijar city.

- City of Focus: Bijar

- SDG Focal Area: Urban blight

- SDG Target: 11.3

- Secondary Targets: 8.9, 9.1, 11.4, 17.17

- Rationale:

  1. Inhospitable city land use and landscape with portion of 30% urban decay of built environment;
  2. Bijar is a historical city with the global handmade carpet brand of "Bidjar Rugs" by virtue of their design and technique but there are no Local economic development strategies to take the cultural economy into account;
  3. 60% of total population are under 39 years of age;
  4. Unemployment rate has increased from 15% in 2006 to 19% in 2011;
  5. The annual growth rate of population saw decrease from 3% in 1996 to 0.8% in 2006 and 0.2% in 2011;

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Darband Darabad

Darband and Darabad Restoration Strategic Plan

“Darband and Darabad Restoration Strategic Plan” is part of a greater project of Tehran’s river-vallies restoration which is currently undertaken by Tehran Municipality for Five river-vallies in the city: Darabad, Darband, Darakeh, Farahzad and Vardavard. The current conditions of these two rivers which has gradually transferred from their natural setting into storm water, runoff and waste water concrete conveyors, along with physical considerations, legal and Economic pressures stemming from highly densified and developed parts of the capital, has turned the project into a quite challenging one. Main goals and considerations of the project are classified as below:

1. First; Planning for safety against storm water.

2. Second; Water health management, Basic flow quality improvement, Riparian ecosystem restoration and ground water recharge.

3. Third; River’s identity improvement.


Nahjolbalagheh Park

Nahjolbalaghe Park Development and Completion

Farahzad River Valley is a ten-kilometer long north-south natural axis that is located in the north west of Tehran. Three urban sequences are proposed to connect the abandoned areas of the river valley to the city:

1. The Urban Park (Between Niayesh Highway and Eyvanak Boulevard)

2. The Sport Park (Between Hakim Highway and Marzdaran Boulevard)

3. The Culture Park (Between Marzdaran Boulevard and Jalal-e- Ale Ahmad Highway)

The first sequence (the Urban Park) is under construction which is a 30-hectare land located between dense green natural fabric from north and the 1st phase of Nahjolbalaghe Park. In other words, this could be seen as a transition area from natural to urban spaces which is comprised of four development zones:

1. East Development

2. West Development (The Skate Park)

3. The Art Garden

4. The Rock-climbing Park


Pesyan Official Building

Pesyan Official Building

Pesyan official building is located in Pesyan St. Mahmoudieh, in an area of approximately 7000 square meters. It is a 9-story office building over a 3-level parking garage, a lobby and dining room. Construction of the project was started on May 4th of 2016. The main idea of the project is to extend and imagine the rich green fabric of site’s surrounding and Vali-e-Asr Street on the facade and into the office spaces. The interior design idea was inspired from “Open Space Design” which enables the creation of green, vibrant and transparent spaces. Currently, the project is on finishing stage and is expected to operate by the end of February 2017.