About Amir 

Amir was born on April 29, 1977, in Tehran, and had a childhood interest in painting and music that has stayed with him throughout his career. He received his Master's degree in Architecture in 2003. 

He experienced working in the international atmosphere as a concept designer in Iran, Emirates, Malaysia, and Kuwait (2003 to 2008). 

Amir founded "AA Design studio" in Tehran in 2008, which is dedicated to architectural design practices. The studio has an interdisciplinary approach, which combines the features of culture, health, sense, and ethics with context-aware and human-centered concepts and ideas. 

He established the printed and digital Villa Magazine in 2015 which is a medium and a platform for architectural workshops, discourses, interviews, critics, campaigns, and reviews, aiming to develop cultural interactions and idea exchanges between Iranian artists/architects and other societies of art/architecture throughout the globe. 

He is the co-editor-in-chief of the magazine which is trusted by more than 600 leading design & architectural firms/products in Finland, Norway, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Middle East, and South America. 

Amir is a co-founder of the Iranian health and architecture group and a co-founder of the association of Charbagh in the sense of culture and art with a seat in Zurich-Switzerland aiming to foster cultural and professional exchange between the artists/architects from the middle east and Europe. 



"AA design" is a practical architectural design studio based in Tehran. The studio has an interdisciplinary approach, which combines the features of culture, health, and ethics in a context-aware and human-centered architecture.

AA design studio IR investigates clever ideas that integrate vernacular capabilities of the location (such as materials, construction technology, and labor) with modern engineering knowledge devising in the form of reproducible modules through spatial design and community participation. AA design strategies are to trust in locally existing resources available and apply them to contemporary architecture.

AA highly respects nature and heritage while attempting to connect technology to cultural values considering the modern lifestyle. AA research workshop believes that while the recent scientific conclusions hold a central place in the history of the west, they have long roots in neighboring civilizations such as Iran; Iranian architecture with its interdisciplinary practices has so inspired the ancient Greeks and Romans and is one of the original sources of sustainable architecture, healing architecture, and person-centered architecture.

AA seeks these lessons as an ideological construct, rather than in a strict, typological, and studies as a historical and artistic phenomenon, which is in close relationship with Iranian literature. Considering modern practical experiences on the one hand and investigations about Iranian traditional and vernacular architecture, on the other hand, the AA research workshop is passionate to interchange its understandings of Iranian wisdom approaches in cross-disciplinary architecture in a pedagogical community of tacit knowledge.



About AA Workshops


Willing to persuade the authorities of the importance of an ideological reform in the current educational system, Amir conducted several architecture workshops that aimed at the development of competence, interactive learning among participants, practical and intensive interaction, and application of a new learning method, combining all pedagogical elements in Iran in real projects with real clients and challenges.

Amir introduced his model of workshops to send a critical message to the Iranian formalistic educational system, the very rigid system to any innovative ideas by no means at the service of creative development and interaction of new generation. Considering his background and resources in ancient Persian wisdom and modern know-how, his experiences in architecture and design, together with his unlimited passion for pedagogical skills improvement, Amir still is passionate to be in international innovative academic environments which is collaborative and trustworthy, improving his moral character, personality, and social qualities.

Organizer: Villa Magazine Number of Groups: 10-15
Duration: 3-9 months
Advisors and Critics: Dr.Rana Zadeh- Cornell University, Firouz Firouz Architects, Hooman Balazadeh, Shahi Heidari, Mohammadreza Haeri
Topic: Architecture, Conception to Completion - real project
Types of Resources: Local wisdom to modern knowledge - Using them to promote experimental learning.
Key to Workshop: Skill Building, Problem Solving, Increasing Knowledge, Systemic Change, and Personal Awareness through the practical design of a real project with a real client and challenges.
Experimenting Activities: Artwork, Work-sheets, Physical sale modeling, Site visit, Lectures, Discussions, Writings
Planning Activities: Online working, Persona practice, Quizzes, Brainstorming solutions, Goal settings
Key to Workshop Environment: Arranging the physical and online environment, Creating relationships, Building-trust, and Encouragements
Co-Facilitation Skills: Reflecting, Reinforcing, Asking, Questioning, Probing, Paraphrasing, and Self-disclosure, all to increase motivation, Participation, Direct Interactions, Encourage new Behaviors,
Other Activities: Group sharing, Games, Music, Storytelling, Guided Fantasies, Brainstorming
Year: 2017-2020
Model: A combination of all pedagogical elements-centered methods in Iran, providing a competitive environment, which introduces the winning project to the client for the construction phase.
Prototype status: Under construction

  • With Generous Support: of "The Iranian National Commission for UNESCO"
  • With the Generous Support: of "The Iranian Architectural Association"
  • With Generous Support: "Post & Communication Museum"



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