Mehdi Taghavi

Mehdi Taghavi

San Diego, CA, US

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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 international experience included both large-scale commercial projects ranging from retail shops to office towers to mixed-use residential, and residential projects ranging from single-family villas to larger multi-generational palace complexes. 

In San Diego, I spend my first two years working on high-end, coastal residential renovations in La Jolla. I am now a job captain working on large-scale commercial projects.

In 2019, I earned my Masters of Architecture degree from New School of Architecture + Design, where I won several competitions for sustainable design, graduated top of my class, and was awarded the prestigious AIA Henry Adams Medal of Excellence.

I’m currently studying and on the path for licensure. All my hours are complete (with over 6 years of NCARB approved AXP hours) and I am eligible to begin sitting for exams. 



Tucker Sadler Architects, Inc., San Diego, Job Captain

Works on large-scale commercial projects independently and as part of a team, taking charge of entire projects from the creation of drawings and drafts in Revit to coordinating with subcontractors, to presenting drawings and schematics to the project lead and clients for review, and taking care of any necessary revisions, while working to keep the project on schedule. Also steps in to help address design issues and challenges on other team projects, as needed.

Aug 2019 - current

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 - Aug 2019

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


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

Top student in graduating class
AIA Henry Adams Medal of Excellence
President's Award recipient for academic excellence.
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


Henry Adams Medal of Excellence, 1st Place

The AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate program began in 1914, and each year, The American Institute of Architects awards an engraved medal and certificate of merit to the top-ranking graduating student in each architecture program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (or CACB for Canadian schools).


President's Award, Scholarship

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


AIA Healthy Urbanism, Scholarship

Scholarship for outstanding work in sustainable design.


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.


Landscape Design Challenge, Honorable Mention

Municipality of Dubai open competition for landscape design.


Observation Tower, Nomination

Finalist for Dubai Observation Tower design competition.


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.


The Lagoons, Nomination

Finalist for Dubai-based design competition.


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