Azadeh (Azi) Eskandari

Azadeh (Azi) Eskandari

San Anselmo, CA, US



I am Azadeh Eskandari and I just graduated with a Masters of Architecture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in May 2015 I have a bachelors in Architecture science from Iran, and I worked in Malaysia for four years. I moved to the US in 2012 and become a permanent resident here in US.

I always thought of architecture as a way of helping people and society. My problem with some of the current designs is that the buildings, for instance, are designed as an end in themselves or such a sculpture to just be impressive and by that I mean not enough respect to the earth, their context, culture and their time. One of the things I always strive to learn about is humans and humanity. As S.Giedion says, “Before an architect can design any plans he must learn the ways of living and culture in which he must work,” but I have come to realize that there is more depth to it than this. Architecture can vastly affect the culture and quality of life in any society, simultaneously I believe in building with earth and learning from vernacular cultural designs and architecture. 

I have a holistic approach to design, and I am guided by the aspirations of the client. They make each project unique and I find this approach to be rewarding. My other passion is traveling and I have traveled around Southeast Asia, and Iran, became familiar with their culture, land, lifestyle, and how it affects their regional architecture. In addition I enjoy landscaping and gardening.


Technic.R&D, Research and dev., Kuala Lumpur, MY, Design Architect

Jul 2010 - May 2011

VERITAS Architects, Kuala Lumpur, MY, Design architect - Assistant

Sep 2009 - May 2010

Naghshan Consultant eng, Mashhad, IR, Apprenticeship, Design Architect

Feb 2007 - Apr 2009

Volunteer Position- Mellat Park & Naiiery Green House, Mashhad, IR, Gardening- Volunteer Position

Jan 2004 - Jan 2007


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, MArch, Masters of Architecture

Courses: Structural Planning- Soc/Beh Factors for Design- Study of Humans in Environment- Theory of Architectures- Innovative Solar Powered Homes, Urban matters: thresholds between dwellings and city, Natural Ventilation, Brick Structures,Design:Detail & Architectonics

Academic Studio Projects:
1- New Accommodation Facilities for the Fort Pulaski,Savannah, detail+ Fabrication, Nominated for Graduate Awards For Design Excellence 2015
2- A Travelers’ Inn Studio: Earned Graduate Award for Design Excellence 2014
3- Detail and Architectonics, Essential Dwelling Studio: Building with Earth- Iran
Nominated for Graduate Awards For Design Excellence 2014
4- Multipurpose Urban Cultural Complex Studio: Chicago 2013

Aug 2013 - May 2015

Islamic Azad University of Mashhad, Mashhad,IR, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2000 - Nov 2006


Earl Prize- Graduate Studio Design Excellence- Spring 2015, Nomination


Earl Prize- Graduate Studio Design Excellence- Fall 2014, Honorable Mention

These awards recognize the outstanding student work completed in design studio courses at all levels of the curriculum.


Earl Prize- Graduate Studio Design Excellence- Spring 2014, Nomination


Selected for the National Organization for the Development of Exceptional Talents in the field of Mathematics, Grant


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