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 architecture practitioner, educator, and curator. Her disciplinary work explores methods of using architecture as a proxy for collective cultural memory, to bring different historical and geographical points to closer proximity, and to materialize human forces often invisible. She is the current director of MASKS. an initiative that constructs a framework for young practitioners, theorists, and historians in design to foster pedagogical experimentation. In addition to scholarly pursuits, Zahra has been involved with the practice of architecture, working with a wide range of clients from the intimate scale of single-family housing, small adaptive reuse projects, and fit-outs for non-profit organizations to the broader scale of institutional buildings, and most recently, Google's campus in Cambridge.

Zahra holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University graduate school of design and a Bachelor of Architecture, Magna Cum Laude, from CalPoly San Luis Obispo. She is the recipient of the American institute of Architecture design award, Harvard GSD's James Templeton Kelley thesis prize, Morphosis design award, Cal Poly's thesis prize and president's medal. She has been a Dean's Merit Scholar at Harvard University, has held the 2017-2018 Irving innovation and teaching fellowship at Harvard GSD, the 2019-2021 Schidlowski emerging faculty fellowship at the KSU, the 2022 architecture residency at Art Omi, the 2022 MacDowell fellowship, and the 2023 residency at the Ragdale foundation.

Currently, Zahra is co-chairing the ARCC's 2023 international conference. She has given lectures and served as a design critic at several institutions including Harvard GSD, Yale SoA, MIT, Cornell AAP, Syracuse SoA, Rice University, and Harvard College. Her writing, projects, and pedagogical works have been featured in the Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of history of ideas, OBL/QUE, Platform, Offramp, Crop, DeZeen magazine, among others. Recipient of numerous fundings and grants, her work and design contributions have been exhibited nationally and globally in Boston, Cambridge, Chicago, Kent, Locarno, Los Angeles, London, Lubbock, Madrid, New York, and Venice.


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