Aria Jahanshahi

Aria Jahanshahi

New York, NY, US



After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Minor in Philosophy from the University of Kentucky, Aria moved to the Adirondacks to work for the Arts and Crafts architecture firm of Andrew Chary. Aria took part in the renovation and alteration of several historical great camps. After transferring to the firm’s Westchester branch, Aria’s projects consisted of new, modern weekend estates. In 2011, he relocated to Manhattan to work with Richard H. Lewis Architect, a firm which created the modern template for New York City restaurant design. Aria worked at Brooklyn-based MESH Architectures, a hybrid architectural practice which pushes the boundaries of traditional architecture by fostering interactions with new technologies. As a designer and project manager, he oversaw the development and completion of a multitude of projects including the Made in New York Media Center. Aria has also been a volunteer with Storefront for Art and Architecture.


Operative Aria Architecture PLLC, New York, NY, US, Principal and Architect

Jan 2019 - current

Operative Aria LLC, Peekskill, NY, US, Principal

OP/A (“opa”) is the New York based, design office of Aria Jahanshahi, established in 2015. We aim to provide design services accessible to all client bases while exploring nostalgia and memory as creators of place. We believe that through minimal and thoughtful design interventions, the user has the opportunity to read his or her space, contextualize the experience and transcend the original reading. This is the making of place. It is rooted in the familiar.

With a wide range of experience in residential, commercial and garden projects, we distinguish ourselves through our collaborative approach to design. Through our rigorous study of our clients' wants and needs, we develop a space that not only fulfills its function but exceeds expectations.

Apr 2015 - Jan 2019

BR Design Associates, New York, Project Manager

Mar 2015 - Feb 2016

MESH Architectures, Brooklyn, NY, US, Designer and Project Manager

Aug 2012 - Mar 2015

Richard H. Lewis Architect, New York, NY, US, Designer and Project Manager

Jan 2011 - Aug 2012

Carol Kurth Architects and Interiors, Bedford, NY, US, Designer

Oct 2010 - Jan 2011

Andrew Chary Architect, P.L.L.C., Bedford, NY, US, Designer

Nov 2009 - Sep 2010

Andrew Chary Architect, P.L.L.C., Lake Placid, NY, US, Designer

May 2008 - Nov 2009


University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2002 - May 2008

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