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Mehdi Taghavi

Mehdi Taghavi

San Diego, CA, US

 

About 

I spent the first 12 years of my career working as an international architect in Dubai, Oman, and Iran, where I was involved in every stage of the design process, from concept, schematic, and design development to construction documentation and oversight as a site engineer. My background has involved large-scale commercial projects ranging from retail and office towers to mixed-use residential and single-family residential. 

For the last two years, I’ve been working on high-end/ coastal residential architecture in San Diego while earning my Master of Architecture. 

I’m on the path for licensure (with 6 years of NCARB approved AXP hours) and eligible to begin sitting for exams. 

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Oasis Architecture + Design, San Diego, CA, US, Assistant Project Manager

Coordinates projects from initial meetings with clients to site visits and permissions from the city. Develops plans and drawings using Sketch-up. Provides general project support as part of a small team specializing in high-end coastal residential renovation and construction.

Dec 2017 - current
 

Seventh Dimension, Muscat, OM, Lead Architectural Engineer

Lead architect and site engineer for medium-sized firm in Oman specializing in commercial projects. High volume of projects were completed including three hotels, five restaurants, multiple office interiors, and work on an administrative wing of the new Muscat International Airport.

Jan 2015 - Apr 2017
 

Silane Sabz, Tehran, IR, Architectural Engineer

Residential and master planning projects.

Jan 2014 - Jan 2015
 

Yarkmok Decore, Dubai, AE, Site Engineer

Residential architectural design including small palaces.

Jan 2013 - Jan 2014
 

Silver Global LLC, Muscat, OM, Lead Architect/ Designer

Residential architectural design.

Jan 2012 - Jan 2013
 

Fara Fan Bana, Tehran, IR, Site Supervisor / Designer

Residential architectural design and master planning.

Jan 2011 - Jan 2012
 

Basra University, Basra, IQ, Stadium Designer (project-based)

Hired as part of a team based in Dubai to design a stadium for Basra University.

Aug 2010 - Nov 2010
 

Garmabsard, Tehran, IR, Designer/ Site Engineer

Designer on a project-based team working on residential and mixed-use developments.

Jan 2010 - Jul 2010
 

Attar Construction Road Contracting, Dubai, AE, Designer (Project-Based)

Designed a floating bridge for client based in Dubai.

Sep 2009 - Dec 2009
 

Lintal LLC, Dubai, AE, Interior Designer (project-based)

Designed commercial shop interiors on a project-basis for a Dubai-based client.

Feb 2009 - Apr 2009
 

Dzone, Dubai, AE, Architectural Designer

Worked on commercial and residential interiors, exhibition stand design, as well as residential, commercial, and hotel architectural design on project in the United Arab Emirates.

Jan 2005 - Jan 2009
 

Royal Art Dubai, Dubai, AE, Designer/ Draftsman

Worked on renderings for commercial and residential projects using Autocad, Photoshop and 3D Max.

May 2004 - Jan 2005
 

Silver Art Dubai, Dubai, AE, Interior Designer (project based)

Designed interiors for commercial and residential projects.

Jan 2004 - Apr 2004
 

Education 

NewSchool of Architecture + Design, San Diego, CA, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

President's Award recipient for academic excellence.
Top student in graduating class
AIA Sustainability in design award recipient

Oct 2017 - Jun 2019
 

Ajman University of Science Technology & Network, Dubai, AE, BArch, Architectural Engineering

Five-year architectural engineering program.

Sep 2002 - May 2009
 

Awards 

AIA Healthy Urbanism, Scholarship

Scholarship for outstanding work in sustainable design.

2018
 

AIA Architecture at Zero, Award

Architecture at Zero is a zero net energy design competition open to students and professionals worldwide, engaging architecture, engineering, and planning students and professionals in the pursuit of energy efficient design.

2018
 

President's Award, Scholarship

Award for academic excellence after four consecutive quarters on the Dean's List.

2018
 

Landscape Design Challenge, Honorable Mention

Municipality of Dubai open competition for landscape design.

2010
 

The Lagoons, Nomination

Finalist for Dubai-based design competition.

2009
 

Observation Tower, Nomination

Finalist for Dubai Observation Tower design competition.

2009
 

Sustainability in the Desert, Nomination

Desert sustainability competition awarded to innovative designs for desert dwelling. Project submitted used traditional Middle Eastern passive strategies in a modern way for a home to be built in Arizona.

2009
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills