Mazdak Jafarain

Mazdak Jafarain

New York, NY, US


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I graduated with Master of Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia GSAPP and have been working in De-Spec since July 2010. Before that I worked with Arx New York, Per-forma Studio and firms in Middle East. My approach to architectural design is seeing it as an interdisciplinary activity for social and cultural change. Along with professional practice I have continued my research through teaching at Columbia GSAPP and Pratt institute. My area of specialty and interest that I have developed is performative/responsive systems. In different projects, using tools such as Rhino Grasshopper, Revit and further integration with other programs, mainly Ecotect Analysis, has been a big asset for me and helped me to develop and optimize building performance especially in facades and roofing systems and detailing it.


De-Spec, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Working as designer closely with project manager and other team members from concept & schematic design to design development, construction document and construction administration. Responsibilities and tasks include: 3d & parametric modeling, rendering, construction documents, bid review, field observation reports, communicating & coordination with engineers, consultants and contractors.

• Proposal for Ministry of Interior Building, Jeddah KSA
• National Museum of Afghanistan, Competition Entry, Kabul, Afghanistan
• Chilewich Showrooms, New York
• Amelia Toro Fashion Flagship Store, New York
• Xocolatti, New York
• Banchet Flowershop, New York
• Foothill House, Monterrey, Mexico
• Mission of Mexico House Renovation, New York
• Whitman Insight Strategies Offices, New York
• Avanti Dental Clinic, Tysons Corner, VA
• Kimberly Hotel Lobby, New York
• Rookery Bar and Restaurant, Brooklyn, NY
• Glocal Grid, Shortlisted Competition Entry, New York
• Brooklyn Waterfront Development, Research Project, Brooklyn, New York

Jul 2011 - current

ArX New York, New York, NY, US, Project Designer

Schematic Design, Design Development for:
• Museum of Knot, Singapore
• 5 De Julio Marriott Hotel, Maracaibo, Venezuela
• Yerevan Complex, Yerevan, Armenia
• Coccorino House Renovation, Calabria, Italy
• House with a Heart, Orphanage & Clinic, Katmandu, Nepal

Jul 2010 - Jul 2011

Per-forma Studio, New York, NY, US, Project Designer

Design development of Great Eastern Mills, Mixed Use Hotel/Retail Development. 900,000 SF, Mumbai, India
Responsibilities include: Planning, Landscape design, 3d and Parametric Modeling, Rendering, Building envelope design,Environmental Performance Optimization through integration of Ecotect Analysis and Rhino Grasshopper.

Jan 2011 - Mar 2011

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