Mazdak Jafarain

Mazdak Jafarain

New York, NY, US



I graduated with Master of Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia GSAPP and have been working in De-Spec since July 2010. Before that I worked with Arx New York, Per-forma Studio and firms in Middle East. My approach to architectural design is seeing it as an interdisciplinary activity for social and cultural change. Along with professional practice I have continued my research through teaching at Columbia GSAPP and Pratt institute. My area of specialty and interest that I have developed is performative/responsive systems. In different projects, using tools such as Rhino Grasshopper, Revit and further integration with other programs, mainly Ecotect Analysis, has been a big asset for me and helped me to develop and optimize building performance especially in facades and roofing systems and detailing it.


Handel Architects, New York, NY, US, Associate

Dec 2013 - current

De-spec, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Working as designer closely with project manager and other team members from concept & schematic design to design development, construction document and construction administration. Responsibilities and tasks include: 3d & parametric modeling, rendering, construction documents, bid review, field observation reports, communicating & coordination with engineers, consultants and contractors.

• Proposal for Ministry of Interior Building, Jeddah KSA
• National Museum of Afghanistan, Competition Entry, Kabul, Afghanistan
• Chilewich Showrooms, New York
• Amelia Toro Fashion Flagship Store, New York
• Xocolatti, New York
• Banchet Flowershop, New York
• Foothill House, Monterrey, Mexico
• Mission of Mexico House Renovation, New York
• Whitman Insight Strategies Offices, New York
• Avanti Dental Clinic, Tysons Corner, VA
• Kimberly Hotel Lobby, New York
• Rookery Bar and Restaurant, Brooklyn, NY
• Glocal Grid, Shortlisted Competition Entry, New York
• Brooklyn Waterfront Development, Research Project, Brooklyn, New York

Jul 2011 - Dec 2013

ArX New York, New York, NY, US, Project Designer

Schematic Design, Design Development for:
• Museum of Knot, Singapore
• 5 De Julio Marriott Hotel, Maracaibo, Venezuela
• Yerevan Complex, Yerevan, Armenia
• Coccorino House Renovation, Calabria, Italy
• House with a Heart, Orphanage & Clinic, Katmandu, Nepal

Jul 2010 - Jul 2011

Per-forma Studio, New York, NY, US, Project Designer

Design development of Great Eastern Mills, Mixed Use Hotel/Retail Development. 900,000 SF, Mumbai, India
Responsibilities include: Planning, Landscape design, 3d and Parametric Modeling, Rendering, Building envelope design,Environmental Performance Optimization through integration of Ecotect Analysis and Rhino Grasshopper.

Jan 2011 - Mar 2011


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, MSAAD

Sep 2009 - Aug 2010

Areas of Specialization