Texas Tech University

Zahra Safaverdi

Assistant Professor

M.Arch, Harvard University
B.Arch, Magna Cum Laude, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Zahra Safaverdi is an assistant professor of architecture at Texas Tech university where her work constructs integration between design studio pedagogy, materiality and methodical representation in relation to practice of architecture. Her disciplinary work and design research explores methods of re-engaging history in relation to the contemporary discourse, its spatial and material potential and its effect on architecture at large. Zahra has been involved with the practice of architecture, working with wide range of clients from intimate scale of non-profit organizations to broader scale of institutional buildings and Google's campus in Cambridge. In addition to her practice, She is the director of MASKS and editor of its journal: an initiative that constructs a framework for young practitioners, theorists, and historians in design to foster pedagogical experimentation.

Zahra holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard university graduate school of design and a Bachelor of Architecture from CalPoly San Luis Obispo. She is the recipient of Harvard GSD's James Templeton Kelley thesis prize, American institute of Architecture design award, Morphosis design award, Cal Poly's thesis prize and president's medal. She has given lectures and served as design critic at several institutions including Harvard, Yale, MIT, Cornell, Rice, and Syracuse university. She has been a Dean's Merit Scholar at Harvard University, has held the 2017-2018 Irving innovation fellowship at Harvard University, and 2019-2020 Schidlowski emerging faculty fellowship at the KSU. Her work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Cambridge, Kent, Madrid and Locarno.



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