Ardavan Tookaloo

Ardavan Tookaloo

Bethesda, MD, US

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After graduation from Master of Architecture program, I have started working for a sub-contractor specialized on aluminum and composite panel siding for buildings in San Jose, Bay Area. There, I worked as the main architect managing the drafting office, supervising the construction site, providing the shop drawings and helping the shop employees to craft specific pieces for challenging projects. There, I learned a great deal of responsibilities and realized how vital is detailed precision to satisfy our client request

After this experience I was eager to get back to architectural world, soon I became part of a mid-size architectural firm in Utah. Being part of a team fostered the role of teamwork in me. My keen perspective about the construction site and design allowed me to be involved in variety of projects. Working in a fast-paced environment, jumping from one project to another with many deadlines helped me to improve my management skills and easily adapt to any kind of circumstances. Both of which are one of the most valuable characteristics of any excellent employee.

Additionally, I have a degree in architectural studies focusing on Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) which lead me to develop and run a POE plan. This specialty provided me with the skills to launch and manage different meetings, study more about the building function how satisfy our client more successfully. I presented my study in two international conference (ICSDEC, Chicago 2015 and BTES, Utah 2015). Not everyone in a firm has the ability to execute this practice and that is another key factor that distinguishes me from my peers.


TSA Architects, Salt Lake City, UT, US, Project Coordinator

May 2018 - current

Arch Nexus, Salt Lake City, UT, US, Design professional

Jan 2016 - May 2018

IBI Group - Gruzen Samton, Salt Lake City, UT, US, Intern Architect

As an intern Architect I am involved with different projects. Producing different documents and presentations.

Aug 2015 - Jan 2016

SOM + Archeworks, Chicago, IL, US, Design Researcher

It was a summer internship doing a research on Chicago public Schools closer. The goal was to develop e plan for Chicago public school so they can use it around the city and reuse their closed schools in a way that benefit neighborhood, society and city.

May 2015 - Aug 2015

The University of Utah ITAC, Salt Lake City, UT, US, Research Assistant

Working on Post Occupancy Evaluation in higher education. I have presented my work in ICSDC conference in Chicago on May 2015. I have also published it in a journal.
This study is about the role of POE in Higher Ed. As part of this research I developed a POE plan for University of Utah.

Jul 2014 - May 2015

EDA Architects, Salt Lake City, UT, US, Intern Architect

As an intern architect I was involved in all phases of design from SD through CD.

Jan 2014 - Jul 2014

AlumTile, San Jose, Intern Architect

Office and site co-ordinator, Construction documents, Shop Drawings, Detailing, 3D modeling, Cut sheet, biding, Site visit

Aug 2013 - Jan 2014

Archolog, Tehran, IR, Intern Architect

Schematic design, design development, construction document, 3D modeling, rendering.

Jan 2011 - Aug 2011

CYBON, Tehran, IR, Junior Architect

Interior design, Design development, construction document, 3D modeling

Mar 2010 - Oct 2010

Gostareye Parasia, Tehran, IR, Intern Architect

It was a part time job. I was involved in Schematic design, design development, construction document, 3D modeling, rendering and presentation.

Jan 2008 - Mar 2009


The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, US, Masters, Building Technology

Aug 2014 - current

The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2011 - May 2013

University of Art, Tehran, Tehran, IR, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2005 - Mar 2010


Prescott Muir Scholarship, Grant


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